Alou's first-inning homer stretches hit streak to 30 games

Updated: September 26, 2007, 11:04 PM ET news services

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Moises Alou
Moises Alou extended the longest hit streak by a player over 40 (since 1900) with a homer in the first.

Player, Age
Year, Team
Moises Alou, 41302007, Mets
Sam Rice, 40281930 Senators
Pete Rose, 41211982, Phillies
Ty Cobb, 40211927, A's
NEW YORK -- Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 30 games Wednesday night with a home run in the first inning for the New York Mets against the Washington Nationals.

The Mets built a 5-0 lead, but eventually lost the game 9-6 to see their lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East trimmed to one game.

Alou's streak is a franchise record and the longest in the major leagues since Willy Taveras also hit safely in 30 straight games for the Houston Astros from July 27 to Aug. 27 last season.

Alou's drive followed a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran, the fourth time the Mets have hit consecutive homers this year.

After getting four hits Tuesday, including a three-run double, Alou began the night batting .400 (46-for-115) during the streak.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.