- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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NEW YORK -- David Wright did it all. He hit. He fielded. He ran the bases. He even flew.
On Friday night, Wright set up the Mets' first run with a two-out first inning double, scored it by flying into home and then in the sixth preserved the lead with a bare-handed snatch as the potential tying run ran down third.
Wright -- who a month ago seemed as if he could only strikeout -- further put his name at the top of the list of Subway Series third baseman.
Reyes is right about Wright; especially lately. The Mets are 19-5 in their last 24 games. In that time, Wright is 32-for-94 (.340) with 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
In the first, Wright rocketed an innocent enough two-out double off Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been really good early in games. In 12 starts, he had only given up a first inning run twice before. The opponent batting average against Vazquez in the first was .139.
So there was Wright on second, readying to sprint home on Ike Davis' single to right. The ball one-hopped into Nick Swisher's glove and he stepped into a pretty good throw that was a bit to the first-base side of home plate, but the ball beat Wright.
"I just wanted to get to that back corner of the plate," Wright said.
Wright went to the air with a Superman, hands-first, head-first dive toward the back of the plate. Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli lunged to beat Wright's leap. But Wright snuck his left hand in and the Mets owned a 1-0 lead on Vazquez.
"I just beat him by a split second," Wright said.
When asked if it were a slide or a leap, Wright said it was "little bit of luck," while Yankees manager Joe Girardi felt that his catcher had to take some of the blame.
"It looked like [Cervelli] vacated a little too early," Girardi said. "I'll have to watch it closely, but you want to be able to stand in there as long as you can."
In the sixth, the Mets remained up just by the Wright run. The bases were loaded with two outs for Jorge Posada. Posada hit a chopper to Wright's left. Wright charged on an angle and quickly decided that, even though the slow-footed Posada was running, he needed to go with his bare hand to complete the play.
"I knew it would be bare hands or nothing," Wright said.
Wright fired to first to extinguish Posada and the Yankees' inning. He celebrated the play with a Joba-like fist pump, putting an exclamation point on the pretty play that preserved the lead.
On the last out of the game, Francisco Rodriguez could barely watch, remembering Luis Castillo on a Friday night a year ago. But as Nick Swisher's pop-up trailed into foul territory, under it stood Wright. There could be no surer hands for the Mets. He grasped it -- and the lead he first gave the Mets, and then preserved, was now his to hold on to.
On a night when Wright flew in the air, it seemed perfectly fitting he was there to land the final out.
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