Wright, Valentin power Mets to best record in baseball

DENVER (AP) -- David Wright arrived in Denver mired in a
frustrating slump. The thin air of Coors Field seems to have been
the perfect cure.

Wright hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs,
and Jose Valentin homered twice as the New York Mets routed the
Colorado Rockies 11-3 Wednesday night to give them the best record
in baseball.

"During a 162-game season, you are going to go through some
funks," said Wright, who was 6-for-44 over 13 games before
Tuesday. "I had my funk."

Since coming to town, Wright is 5-for-9 with eight RBI in two

"I just tried to relax a little bit and take a deep breath,"
Wright said. "And once you have a good at-bat, then you feel
better up there and can string together a couple of good ones."

Carlos Delgado added his 34th home run for the Mets, who won for
the 11th time in 12 games and improved to 82-49 (.626). The Tigers split a doubleheader with
the Yankees, putting them at 83-50 (.624).

"It just goes to show you that we are playing great baseball,"
Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "We really have an outstanding
group here."

The Mets maintained their 15½-game lead in the NL East, and Dave
Williams (4-3) benefited from New York's 12-hit attack.

Williams struck out five, walked one and allowed three runs and
nine hits in seven innings. He also walked twice and had the second
two-hit game of his career, but was called out on an appeal for
missing third base in the fifth inning.

After the game, Williams was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

"This is basically a move to give us flexibility on our playoff
roster," Randolph said. "Dave will come back on Tuesday and make
the start for us and he will do bullpen work down there."

The Rockies are 61-71, falling 10 games below .500 for the first
time this year. Starter Josh Fogg (9-9) lasted 1 1/3 innings and
gave up eight runs on only five hits.

"I got four outs, plain and simple," said Fogg, who faced only
12 hitters. "I was 2-0, 3-0 on hitters and didn't get ahead of

New York hammered Fogg for five runs in the first inning. Wright
homered to left after Paul Lo Duca singled and Carlos Beltran and
Delgado walked to load the bases.

"It seems like there are always runners in scoring position no
matter when you hit," Wright said. "There's no guy you can really
pitch around."

Valentin added a two-out solo homer in the inning.

Fogg walked Williams to start the second inning and, one out
later, Lo Duca doubled to center. Beltran drove in Williams with a
single and Lo Duca came home when Ryan Spilborghs misplayed the
ball in right field.

Ramon Ramirez replaced Fogg and gave up a two-out RBI single to
Wright to make it 8-0.

The Mets added two runs in the third on Valentin's second homer
of the game and Lo Duca's sacrifice fly, making it 10-0.

Colorado got a run in the third when Choo Freeman scored a wild
pitch by Williams.

Yorvit Torrealba hit an RBI triple with one out in the fourth
after Matt Holliday led off with a double, making it 10-2.

Delgado's solo home run came in the sixth off Jeremy Affeldt.
Kazuo Matsui added an RBI single in the seventh for Colorado.

"It was a tough hole for us to dig our way out of tonight,"
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "And we got into it very

Game notes
Due to the hurricane warnings, neither outfielder Cliff
Floyd nor right-hander Pedro Martinez were able to work out
Wednesday in Florida at the team's minor league complex in Port St.
Lucie. ... Beltran has scored at least once in 12 consecutive
games, a Mets record. ... Valentin had his 18th multiple home run
game. ... Fogg's 1 1/3-inning start was the shortest for the
Rockies this season. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado's first-round
draft choice in the June 2005 draft, made his major league debut
and went 0-4 with three strikeouts.