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NY METS 13, COLORADO 4

8/17/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cliff Floyd is in a real groove at the plate --
just in time for his season to end.

Floyd and Timo Perez each drove in four runs, and the New York
Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 13-4 Saturday night for their first
four-game winning streak of the season.

Floyd went 3-for-4 and has six hits in his last seven at-bats.
He plans to play his last game of the year Monday, then have
season-ending surgery on his aching Achilles' tendon at the end of
the month.

"Looked good? Did I? Come on," he joked.

It will take Floyd four or five months to fully recover from the
surgery, and he wants to be completely healthy for spring training
next season. But he's hitting so well right now that everybody
wants to know why he has to stop playing.

"I don't know," Floyd said. "It's messing with me like an
annoying ex-girlfriend. I wish I could stay but it's best for the
team."

Mets manager Art Howe also wishes the slugger could stay a bit
longer.

"He's gotten hot. He may not want to leave," Howe said with a
smile.

Jason Phillips finished with three RBI, and fellow rookie Jose
Reyes had three hits and three runs scored for the suddenly
resurgent Mets. Behind a bevy of young players, last-place New York
has won eight of 11 overall.

"He reminds me of Kelly Leak from 'The Bad News Bears,"
Phillips said of Reyes. "He just runs until someone throws him
out."

Jae Weong Seo (6-8) won for the first time in nearly two months,
allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. He had been 0-6
in nine starts since beating Florida on June 17.

"It feels personally better to get a win," Seo said.

Dan Wheeler, John Franco and David Weathers combined for four
scoreless innings of relief.

"He did a good job," Howe said of Seo. "Why wait until a
tight game? The bullpen did a good job."

Mike Piazza and Roger Cedeno also scored three times apiece. The
Mets roughed up All-Star Shawn Chacon, scoring six runs in the
second inning.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said Chacon felt some discomfort in
his right elbow and a doctor will perform further tests when the
team returns home next week.

Larry Walker homered for the Rockies, who fell to an NL-worst
20-45 away from home. Colorado is 2-8 in its last 10 road games and
5-14 on the road since the All-Star break.

Todd Helton hit an RBI double for his 100th RBI.

New York's 13 runs tied a season high set against St. Louis on
Aug. 3.

Chacon (11-8) lasted only 1 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs,
five hits and five walks -- one intentional. It matched the shortest
outing of his career at Pittsburgh in May 2001.

The right-hander has not won in seven starts since beating San
Diego on June 18.

Reyes' RBI double in the second extended his hitting streak to
15 games. An intentional walk to Piazza set up Floyd's two-run
single. Phillips followed with an RBI single, and Perez's two-run
double chased Chacon.

The Rockies scored first on Preston Wilson's RBI groundout in
the first.

New York countered with two runs in the bottom half. Piazza's
infield single scored Cedeno, and Perez added a sacrifice fly.

Walker hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth. Ronnie
Belliard hit an RBI triple in the fifth, and Helton followed with
his RBI double.

Game notes
Perez's four RBI set a career high. ... Franco made his
1,023rd appearance, moving him into fifth place on the career list.
He pitched a hitless eighth. ... Helton has five consecutive
seasons with at least 100 RBI. He fouled a ball off his leg in the
fifth inning and was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution
after his double.