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Floyd has four hits before season-ending surgery

8/18/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cliff Floyd is committed to cutting his season
short even if his recent pace has given him second thoughts.

"I've been questioning myself a little bit," Floyd said after
he had four more hits to lead the New York Mets over the Colorado
Rockies 6-4 Sunday for their season-high fifth straight win.

Floyd went 4-for-4 and is 10-for-11 in three games since
deciding to end his season Monday and have season-ending surgery on
his Achilles' tendon at the end of the month.

"Maybe he should reconsider," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle
said. "He's playing the best baseball of anybody in the league
right now."

Floyd raised his average to .291 but remains firm in his
decision to having surgery.

"I know the pain is there and the preparation (for the
operation) takes time."

He doesn't see what's happening now as anything extraordinary.

"When I was healthy, I always played hard and when I am
injured, I try my best to play hard."

Floyd had an RBI single in a two-run first and singled and
scored in the third when the Mets opened a 5-0 lead against Jason
Jennings (10-11).

He received standing ovations from the crowd of 28,293 during
each of his last two at-bats.

"It was awesome," Floyd said. "It's a good feeling to have
when you see the appreciation from the fans."

Mets manager Art Howe said, "if we could, we would," delay
Floyd's surgery.

Al Leiter (12-6) allowed only four hits and one run while
striking out 10, the most by a Mets pitcher this season. He pitched
three hitless innings before Todd Helton led off the Rockies'
fourth with a line single to center.

Colorado has lost four straight and seven of eight. The Rockies
have lost 16 of 21 series on the road, winning three and splitting
two.

Helton walked to lead off the sixth and Rene Reyes doubled off
Leiter with two outs for the Rockies first run.

Grant Roberts replaced Leiter in the seventh. He gave up
back-to-back doubles to Helton and Preston Wilson cutting the lead
to 5-2.

Larry Walker greeted reliever Mike Stanton with an RBI pinch-hit
single before Stanton got the final out of the eighth.

Stanton allowed Helton's run-scoring single in the ninth, then
David Weathers got the final out for his fourth save.

Floyd's RBI single and Timo Perez's sacrifice fly gave the Mets
a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Jose Reyes and Floyd opened the third inning with soft singles
to right and Jason Phillips's RBI single scored Reyes. With one
out, Ty Wigginton's grounds-rule double to left scored both Floyd
and Phillips.

Reyes hit extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Wigginton's
double was his 29th of the season, the most ever by a Mets rookie.

Jennings allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings,
walking four and striking out two.

Tony Clark gave the Mets their final run in the eighth when he
homered off reliever Steve Reed, hitting his 16th, a solo shot.

Game notes
Leiter last struck 10 or more in a game August 23, 2000, at
San Diego when he fanned 12. ... Floyd was intentionally walked in
the eighth and has now reached base in 14 of his last 16 plate
appearances. ... Reyes' hitting streak is the second longest ever
by a Mets rookie. Mike Vail hit in 23 straight games in 1975. ...
Leiter threw 123 pitches. ... Jennings made his major league debut
at Shea Stadium August 23, 2001, throwing a shutout and also
hitting a homer. ... The Mets' previous record for doubles by a
rookie was set by Ron Hunt (1963) and tied by Gregg Jefferies
(1989).