Mets assured of best record since 2000

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the 162-game baseball season, players
sometimes hit a wall, exhausted physically and mentally. That
seemed to be the case with third baseman David Wright of the New
York Mets a couple of weeks ago.

So manager Willie Randolph sat Wright down to talk things over.
The result was six home runs and 13 RBI over the last eight games,
pushing Wright to 27 homers and 102 RBI for the season.

The latest was a two-run homer Saturday night that helped the
Mets defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-1.

"You have to pace yourself," Randolph said he told Wright.
"You have to adjust mentally. When you get tired, you're not
selective enough. He's learned a little about making adjustments."

Wright said he wasn't tired and would welcome the opportunity to
play a couple of more weeks.

"It would be nice to go to the postseason," he said. "It
bodes well that we're playing this well this late in the season.
We're playing right, doing the small things the right way."

The victory was the 12th in 15 games following a 2-13 stretch
and 83rd of the season for the Mets, assuring the team of its best
record since going 94-68 and reaching the World Series in 2000.

Randolph thought the bad stretch would serve the Mets well in
the future.

"We learned a little," he said. "We learned to show more
patience. When you go through that, you know how to deal with it
the next time. We'll continue to grow in that vein and be even

It's a lesson Colorado manager Clint Hurdle hopes his young
Rockies learn after three straight losses to the Mets.

"We've scored three runs in 27 innings," he said. "You can't
expect more than you're getting. You're fooling yourself."

Wright broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with his two-run drive
off Mike Esposito (0-2), who was making his third major league
start after being called up on Sept. 21.

Jae Seo (8-2) allowed six hits in six innings for his first win
since Sept. 4. Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his fourth
save and 324th of his career.

The Rockies took the lead in the third inning. J.D. Closser
opened with a double off the right-field wall, was sacrificed to
third by Esposito and scored on Cory Sullivan's fly ball.

The Mets tied it in the bottom half when Anderson Hernandez
walked with one out, moved up on a sacrifice by Seo and scored on a
double by Jose Reyes.

In the fourth, Cliff Floyd singled with two outs and Wright
followed with a towering shot into the television platform in
left-center field on a 2-0 pitch.

Colorado threatened with two outs in the fifth when Esposito had
his first major league hit and Sullivan followed with a double. But
Seo retired Clint Barmes on a popup to end the inning.

Both teams loaded the bases without scoring in the sixth.

Todd Helton and Matt Holliday opened for Colorado with singles.
After Garrett Atkins struck out, Brad Hawpe walked. But Seo got
Luis Gonzalez to fly out to short center and then struck out
Closser, ending the inning.

Marlon Anderson singled in the bottom half before Floyd and
Wright walked. Left-hander Randy Williams replaced Esposito and
struck out pinch-hitter Mike Piazza before David Cortes struck out
Ramon Castro.

Game notes
Esposito's father, Joe, is a lounge singer in Las Vegas.
... Holliday stole his 13th base. ... Reyes stole his 60th base in
the seventh and was thrown out for the 15th time in the third. ...
Wright's homer went an estimated 425 feet. ... The New York
premiere of ex-Met Todd Zeile's first film, "Dirty Deeds" is
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4 and will serve as a fund raiser for
victims of Hurricane Katrina. Floyd, Jason Giambi, Tom Glavine, Al
Leiter, Piazza and Robin Ventura are partners in Zeile's Green
Diamond production company.