Series: Game 3 of 4

NY Mets leads 3-0 (as of 8/17)

Game 1: Friday, August 15
NY Mets5
Game 2: Saturday, August 16
NY Mets13
Game 3: Sunday, August 17
NY Mets6
Game 4: Monday, August 18
NY Mets8

Rockies 4

(61-65, 20-46 away)

Mets 6

(53-69, 28-35 home)

    1:10 PM ET, August 17, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: A. Leiter (12-6)

    L: J. Jennings (10-11)

    S: D. Weathers (4)

    Floyd has four hits before season-ending surgery

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cliff Floyd is committed to cutting his season short even if his recent pace has given him second thoughts.

    "I've been questioning myself a little bit," Floyd said after he had four more hits to lead the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Sunday for their season-high fifth straight win.

    Floyd went 4-for-4 and is 10-for-11 in three games since deciding to end his season Monday and have season-ending surgery on his Achilles' tendon at the end of the month.

    "Maybe he should reconsider," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's playing the best baseball of anybody in the league right now."

    Floyd raised his average to .291 but remains firm in his decision to having surgery.

    "I know the pain is there and the preparation (for the operation) takes time."

    He doesn't see what's happening now as anything extraordinary.

    "When I was healthy, I always played hard and when I am injured, I try my best to play hard."

    Floyd had an RBI single in a two-run first and singled and scored in the third when the Mets opened a 5-0 lead against Jason Jennings (10-11).

    He received standing ovations from the crowd of 28,293 during each of his last two at-bats.

    "It was awesome," Floyd said. "It's a good feeling to have when you see the appreciation from the fans."

    Mets manager Art Howe said, "if we could, we would," delay Floyd's surgery.

    Al Leiter (12-6) allowed only four hits and one run while striking out 10, the most by a Mets pitcher this season. He pitched three hitless innings before Todd Helton led off the Rockies' fourth with a line single to center.

    Colorado has lost four straight and seven of eight. The Rockies have lost 16 of 21 series on the road, winning three and splitting two.

    Helton walked to lead off the sixth and Rene Reyes doubled off Leiter with two outs for the Rockies first run.

    Grant Roberts replaced Leiter in the seventh. He gave up back-to-back doubles to Helton and Preston Wilson cutting the lead to 5-2.

    Larry Walker greeted reliever Mike Stanton with an RBI pinch-hit single before Stanton got the final out of the eighth.

    Stanton allowed Helton's run-scoring single in the ninth, then David Weathers got the final out for his fourth save.

    Floyd's RBI single and Timo Perez's sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

    Jose Reyes and Floyd opened the third inning with soft singles to right and Jason Phillips's RBI single scored Reyes. With one out, Ty Wigginton's grounds-rule double to left scored both Floyd and Phillips.

    Reyes hit extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Wigginton's double was his 29th of the season, the most ever by a Mets rookie.

    Jennings allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings, walking four and striking out two.

    Tony Clark gave the Mets their final run in the eighth when he homered off reliever Steve Reed, hitting his 16th, a solo shot.

    Game notes

    Leiter last struck 10 or more in a game August 23, 2000, at San Diego when he fanned 12. ... Floyd was intentionally walked in the eighth and has now reached base in 14 of his last 16 plate appearances. ... Reyes' hitting streak is the second longest ever by a Mets rookie. Mike Vail hit in 23 straight games in 1975. ... Leiter threw 123 pitches. ... Jennings made his major league debut at Shea Stadium August 23, 2001, throwing a shutout and also hitting a homer. ... The Mets' previous record for doubles by a rookie was set by Ron Hunt (1963) and tied by Gregg Jefferies (1989).

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