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Reyes’ triple sends Mets past Brewers

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Associated Press
June 8, 2011
— New York Mets manager Terry Collins hasn’t seen anything quite like the tear Jose Reyes is on right now.

Reyes hit a two-run triple to give New York the lead in the seventh inning and the Mets held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night.


“I’ve never had a player like that where he is so exciting to watch,” Collins said. “I’ll tell you what, when he hits a ball in the gap or down the line, he is right out of the batters box—and he wants it, badly.”


Reyes now has a major league-high 11 triples but Tuesday night’s was his first on the road.


“I take them at any time,” Reyes said.


With a pair of hits Tuesday, he extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Reyes is


22-for-48 during the streak.


Reyes’ triple came off reliever Marco Estrada and wasted an impressive start from Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum, who pitched six scoreless innings.


Prince Fielder hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot to give the Brewers the lead in the sixth. But that was the only big mistake of the night for Mets starter Chris Capuano (4-6), a longtime Brewers player making his return to Milwaukee.


Capuano downplayed his return to Milwaukee going into the game but acknowledged afterward that it was “a little strange” to be on the visiting side at Miller Park.


“Once you get on the mound and you lock in on that target, after you let that first pitch go, all that other stuff disappears,” Capuano said.


Capuano was with the Brewers organization from 2004 to 2010 and made the All-Star team in 2006 before his career got off track because of injuries.


He received warm applause from the crowd when he took the mound at the beginning of Tuesday’s game, as well as in his first plate appearance. And he nearly homered in the fifth, sending a deep fly ball to center that was caught at the wall by Carlos Gomez.


Collins said Capuano has pitched better than his record would indicate.


“He’s really pitched good,” Collins said. “He deserves three or four more wins than what he’s got. He kept us in the game all night tonight. Really was very, very good. When you make only one bad pitch, that’s a pretty good outing.”


Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 17th save.


Estrada (1-3) took the loss.


Marcum held the Mets scoreless, giving up two hits in six innings. But he threw 108 pitches and gave up four walks, and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he struggled with his command.


“He still finds a way to get people out and he still finds a way to keep the run total down to where you’ve got a real good chance to win,” Roenicke said. “If he goes out there and battles like that and they only score one off him, almost every night, we’re going to win.”



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