ATLANTA -- Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran tied a major
league record Sunday with his third grand slam this month.
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
Mike Cameron's 30 homers in 2004 was the Mets' previous
single-season record for a center fielder.