Beltran, Mets tie records for grand slams in month

Updated: July 31, 2006, 12:45 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran tied a major league record Sunday with his third grand slam this month.

Carlos Beltran
AP Photo/John BazemoreBeltran hit his third grand slam in the month of July on Sunday to tie a major-league record.
Beltran's second-inning slam was his 31st homer and New York's record-tying sixth slam this month. The drive gave the Mets a 7-0 lead and broke the club record for most homers by a center fielder in a season. Beltran came up in the third with the bases loaded again and struck out.

Beltran became the ninth player in major league history to hit three grand slams in a calendar month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Devon White was the last major leaguer to accomplish the feat, doing it for Milwaukee in May 2001.

The Mets' six slams this month matches the major league record set by the Montreal Expos in April 1996 and matched by Cleveland in May 1999.

Mike Cameron's 30 homers in 2004 was the Mets' previous single-season record for a center fielder.

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