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Slumping Wright gets right to lead Mets past Rockies

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Wright knew the symptoms of his slump.
Finding the solution was the tough part.

Wright was locked in a 3-for-25 slide, struggling with every
at-bat, until he came upon a simple formula to break out of it
Friday night.

Take your time.

"I just tried to slow everything down," Wright said after
delivering a pair of RBI hits in the New York Mets' 6-3 victory
over the Colorado Rockies. "I recognized pitches better. When
you're struggling, you're anxious. I just tried to relax."

It worked.

Wright, whose average had sunk to .304 from a season high .336,
delivered a two-out RBI double off Byung-Hyun Kim (7-8) in the
third to put the Mets in front 1-0. He also singled in a run in the
fifth for a 4-3 lead.

"You just take a deep breath," Wright said. "Working deep in
the count is my game. When you're struggling, you want to swing at
everything. You want to hit the first pitch you see real hard."

Instead, Wright worked counts and waited for his pitch.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt confident. I wasn't giving
away at-bats."

Steve Trachsel (12-5) benefited from the usual run support and
won his fourth straight start, working seven innings, matching his
longest outing of the season. He allowed seven hits, struck out six
and walked three to tie Tom Glavine for the club lead in victories.
Trachsel is 10-1 since June 9 -- the most in the major leagues
during that span.

"I'm trying to be more efficient, trying to work the hitters,"
Trachsel said. "My fastball was sharp and my curve and changeup
were real good. I haven't faced most of these guys. I tried to
locate, work ahead in the count."

Todd Helton, Colorado's best hitter, went 0-for-4.

"He didn't throw anything over the plate to me," Helton said.
"He was hitting the corners, changing speeds. He kind of lulls you
to sleep a little bit. It's a comfortable out, but you are out."

Chad Bradford worked the eighth and Billy Wagner pitched the
ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.

Trachsel retired 10 of 11 batters following Jamey Carroll's
leadoff double in the first. With one out in the fourth, Matt
Holliday singled to right and Garrett Atkins followed with his 20th
home run of the season for a 2-1 Rockies lead. One out later,
Yorvit Torrealba doubled and Clint Barmes was walked intentionally.
Kim then delivered an RBI single to center.

The Mets seemed to have a chance to get Torrealba trying to
score but Carlos Delgado cut off Carlos Beltran's throw and cut
down Barmes at third base for the third out. Torrealba scored
before the out was recorded.

Endy Chavez's homer in the bottom of the fourth tied it for New
York. It was the third of the season and first since July 25 for
Chavez, normally a reserve but pressed into more regular service
following the trade of Xavier Nady and Cliff Floyd's Achilles'
injury.

"I like to play," Chavez said. "I think I can handle it. It's
something I can't control. Whatever the team needs me to do. I
don't want to change nothing."

Chris Woodward scored on Chavez's drive and also drove in a run
in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Michael Tucker also doubled in a
run for New York.

Game notes
Colorado SS Barmes robbed Paul Lo Duca of a hit in the
fourth with a diving stop of his shot up the middle. ... Atkins had
three hits for the Rockies. ... Kim threw 90 pitches, 59 for
strikes. ... Plate umpire John Hirschbeck took a foul ball off his
mask with Beltran at bat in the sixth but shook it off. ...
Trachsel had two other seven-inning outings this season, May 17 at
St. Louis and June 4 against San Francisco. ... Jose Mesa got his
1,000th career strikeout, fanning Beltran in the ninth.