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Wright, Jacobs, Reyes lead Mets offensive barrage

PHOENIX (AP) -- Mike Jacobs and David Wright are giving the New
York Mets a glimpse of their future.

Both budding stars hit two homers, and Jacobs and Jose Reyes
each had four RBI as the Mets pounded Arizona for a second
straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 18-4 Wednesday night.

"I was just kind of like, 'Wow, you know, that's pretty
tight," the 24-year-old Jacobs said. "That's awesome. I had a
few multihomer games this year down in Double-A, but obviously
doing it in the big leagues is so much more special."

The Mets, who beat the Diamondbacks 14-1 on Tuesday, set season
highs for hits (20) and runs in their third straight win and
seventh in nine games. The Mets set a team record with 13 extra
base hits and 44 total bases and fell two short of the mark for
runs in consecutive games. They scored 34 in wins at Chicago on
June 12-13, 1990.

New York scored five times in the second and fifth innings and
had a run in every inning from the second through the seventh.

Jae Seo (6-1) held the Diamondbacks to seven hits and two runs
over seven innings to win his fifth straight start, four since he
was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 6.

Seo and Ramon Castro each drove in two runs, Castro with a
double and Seo with a double and groundout.

Mets manager Willie Randolph credited Seo with ignoring the huge
lead and concentrating on moving the game along.

"That's very important," Randolph said. "I like my pitchers
to stay focused and execute pitches and not get wrapped up in the
score, but that's not very easy to do. Jae got a little tired at
the end. We had some long innings, but he did keep us in the game
as far as getting throught the first five pretty easily."

The Diamondbacks trailed 17-0 when Conor Jackson had an RBI
single and Kelly Stinnett added a run-scoring double in the
seventh. Shawn Green had a two-run homer -- the 300th of his career
-- off Aaron Heilman in the eighth.

"There wasn't a lot of good feelings about it, the way the last
two games have gone," Green said. "I knew the 300th would come at
some point and relatively soon, but tonight wasn't a real good
night for it."

Reyes had a three-run homer off reliever Greg Aquino that made
it 13-0 in the fifth. He also got his league-leading 13th triple
and drove in a run with an infield single.

Jacobs had a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the
ninth to extend his impressive major league start. He homered
Sunday in his first at-bat in the majors as a pinch hitter. He
homered and singled Tuesday night in his second start.

He and Wright needed triples to hit for the cycle, while Reyes
needed a double.

"You've got guys just doing their job," said Wright, 22.
"You've got the top of the lineup getting on base, you've got the
middle guys driving them in, you've got the bottom of the lineup
contributing. It's just like an offensive dream.

"There have been stretches this season, so many stretches where
we've been shut out that you almost scratch your head and wonder,
'How'd that happen with this kind of offense?"

The Mets took a 5-0 lead in a second inning highlighted by
Jacobs' homer and a bizarre double play.

Arizona starter Russ Ortiz (4-8) walked Wright and he advanced
to second on a wild pitch. Victor Diaz lined an RBI double over
Chad Tracy's head in right when Tracy slipped trying to backpedal,
and Jacobs pulled a pitch into the right-field seats.

With the boos getting louder, Ortiz walked Castro and Reyes, and
Kazuo Matsui loaded the bases with a bloop single. Carlos Beltran
grounded to second baseman Craig Counsell and was thrown out, but
Castro and Reyes scored before Matsui was tagged out to finish a
4-3-6-3-6-1 double play.

New York added two runs in the third on doubles by Jacobs and
Seo.

In the fourth, Reyes tripled and scored on Beltran's sacrifice
fly. The Mets went up 10-0 in the fifth on Castro's double before
Reyes' homer.

Ortiz allowed eight runs and seven hits and walked five in four
innings to drop to 0-6 in eight starts since beating Houston on
June 18. The start was his third since he came off the disabled
list Aug. 12.

"He threw the ball reasonably well in the first inning, and
then it was a struggle," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.
"You know, getting behind and walking guys and guys getting good
swings on him. I'm kind of at a loss, really. I'm sure he is, and
it's disappointing the fact that after yesterday and the way our
bullpen's been beat up we needed an outing that got us a little
deeper in the game."

Game notes
Seo is 2-0 against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, 2-1 in four
appearances against them overall. ... Wright had his third four-hit
game and third multihomer game. ... Jackson, who was 0-for-20 until
the fifth inning, had two hits. ... The Diamondbacks have allowed
68 runs during their 1-5 skid, part of a 6-15 slide in August.