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NEW YORK -- The ball was one of the weakest hits on a night when the New York Mets busted out offensively. But it was the most significant Wednesday night.

David Wright became the Mets' all-time hit leader on a dribbler in a four-run third inning on a celebratory night at Citi Field that ended with a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wright's third-inning infield single was the 1,419th of his career, passing Ed Kranepool among the Mets hits leaders, and was followed by his 1,420th an inning later.

The Mets also got a career-high-tying four hits from Ruben Tejada, who drove in two runs. Jeremy Hefner (3-7) rebounded well from one of the worst outings in franchise history by throwing seven shutout innings.

Jeff Locke (0-3) gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, as the Mets pounded 14 in the game.

Wright's milestone hit was not the most impressive, but it earned him a loud ovation from the small crowd at Citi Field.

With a run already in on a RBI single by Daniel Murphy, Wright hit a dribbler down the third base line, which was fielded by third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez's throw was wild, allowing Wright to move on to second.

After a brief pause, official scorer Howie Karpin announced "one and one," meaning it was a hit and an error, and the Mets third baseman took his place atop the team's hit list.

He stood on second as the scoreboard screen showed a quick montage of highlights, then heard another roar as the camera caught him with a wide smile on his face.

The Mets piled up some more damaging hits, with Scott Hairston doubling in Wright and Kelly Shoppach singling in another run for a 4-0 lead.

Wright had a more traditional hit with a line drive single in the next inning, as the Mets put together five hits, but managed just one run. Tejada, who singled in a run to make it 5-0, was thrown out stealing. Murphy was thrown out at home when Hairston followed Wright's single with one of his own.

Hefner, who infamously left last week's 16-1 loss to the Phillies having allowed seven runs without recording an out, started off much stronger Wednesday. He shut out the Pirates in the first six innings, limiting them to three hits.

NOTES: Mets closer Frank Francisco (right elbow tendinitis) is likely to be shut down for the rest of the season, manager Terry Collins said. Collins said there was a "70 percent" chance the club would do so. ... Rookie left-handed reliever Robert Carson was diagnosed with a left triceps strain after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. He's day to day, but might not pitch in the season's final few games. ... R.A. Dickey will aim for his 20th win in Thursday's Citi Field finale. ... Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, who has been battling back spasms the past several weeks, could be shut down for the season, manager Clint Hurdle said. ... Left fielder Starling Marte was back in the lineup after missing four games. Marte injured his knee, but Hurdle said he was more concerned with the outfielder's "sloppy" at-bats.
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