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Reyes goes 4-for-5 in second straight as Mets win series

TORONTO (AP) -- Even slugger Carlos Beltran finds himself envying
Jose Reyes these days.

Reyes had four hits again, including a leadoff homer, and
Beltran hit a three-run shot to lead the New York Mets to a 7-4
victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The streaking Reyes went 4-for-5 for the second consecutive game
and the third time in five days. He extended his hitting streak to
13 games and is on a 32-for-57 (.561) tear that's raised his
batting average from .246 to .302.

"Unbelievable. That guy has been hot this last week. Four hits
today, four yesterday," Beltran said. "I wish I could have two
days like that."

It was Reyes' fifth game this season with at least four hits,
tying Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki for tops in the major leagues. Reyes
also got his big league-leading 34th stolen base and scored twice.

"I always say to him, 'You have the potential to be one of the
best players in the game," Beltran said. "He's got the potential
to be the best shortstop in the game."

Reyes said he's just trying to put the ball in play.

"I feel real good right now," he said. "I made a little
change in my swing. A lot of pitchers were throwing me off-speed
pitches outside. I tried to pull the ball before. Now I'm staying
with it."

Steve Trachsel (6-4) won his fourth straight start, allowing
four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out two and
walked three.

The right-hander has been far from stellar lately, but he's
pitched well enough to win.

"We've been playing really well on the road. The offense has
been awesome. Reyes has just been amazing this past week,"
Trachsel said.

Beltran hit his 20th home run off Josh Towers (1-9) in the
third. Jose Valentin also connected for the Mets, whose club record
nine-game road winning streak ended Saturday. They took two of
three in Toronto and have won five straight series away from home.

Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 19
chances, striking out Lyle Overbay with two on to end it.

"I've got to work on my walks," said Wagner, who brought the
potential tying run to the plate by walking two.

Overbay and Bengie Molina homered for the Blue Jays.

Trachsel's throwing error on a pickoff attempt helped Toronto
score in the first on Frank Catalanotto's RBI grounder, but
Beltran's homer made it 4-1 and put New York ahead for good.

Overbay and Molina homered in the fourth to cut it to 4-3.

New York scored two runs in the fifth on Reyes' RBI single and
reliever Scott Downs' run-scoring wild pitch.

Towers allowed six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings in
his second start for Toronto since being recalled from the minors
last Sunday.

"It's trying," Towers said. "I'm still trying to get these
guys out in the major leagues. I'm not going to let it beat me up
anymore."

Overbay's sacrifice fly cut it to 6-4 in the fifth, but Valentin
homered off Ty Taubenheim in the sixth.

Game notes
The Mets forced their rookies to wear dresses for the trip
to Boston. OF Lastings Milledge wore a leather skirt and a feather
boa. RHP Alay Soler wore a plaid skirt and pig tails. Both posed
for the cameras. "I'm hot," Milledge joked. ... Three of Reyes'
eight homers this season have been leadoff shots. He's done it five
times in his career. ... Trachsel last won four consecutive starts
from Aug. 7-23, 2003, en route to a career-high 16 victories with
New York. ... Mets 1B Carlos Delgado turned 34. ... Attendance was
33,277. The first 10,000 fans received a Blue Jays Mr. Potato head.