Reyes' 2-run triple wins it for Capuano
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MILWAUKEE -- What began as Chris Capuano's homecoming visit to Miller Park turned into yet another showcase performance for Jose Reyes, who steals the spotlight more frequently than he swipes bases this season.
After Capuano made his only mistake, teeing up a first-pitch fastball to Prince Fielder for a solo homer in the sixth inning, it was Reyes to the rescue again Tuesday night. This time, the shortstop drilled a two-run triple, his 11th of the year, to lead the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Brewers.
Milwaukee had been 21-7 at Miller Park this season, and the .750 home winning percentage was the best in the majors. But Tuesday night, it was a case of the Brewers, an immovable object, running into Reyes, the Mets' irresistible force, who helped them win for only the fourth time in 22 games this season when trailing after six innings.
"I've never seen anything like this," Terry Collins said. "I've never had a player like that, where he's so exciting to watch. When he hits a ball in the gap or down the line, it's three. He is right out of the batter's box and he wants it badly. It's so incredible. I can't say enough good things about him."
The numbers speak for themselves. Reyes went 2-for-4 for his 29th multihit game, which is tops in baseball. He also extended his hitting streak to 11 games and is batting .468 (22-for-47) during that span. The triple, which missed clearing the right-centerfield wall by roughly 2 feet, was his first away from Citi Field this season.
"I triple is a triple, no matter where I play," Reyes said. "To come through for the team, that's huge. Not just for me, but for the team."
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, Josh Thole drew a leadoff walk before Ruben Tejada singled up the middle. Pinch hitter Jason Pridie bounced into a fielder's choice that left runners at first and third for Reyes, who drilled a long fly ball that caromed off the top of the wall in right-center.
"Just when you think you've seen everything, he just keeps doing it," Capuano said. "He's playing at another level right now and it's fun to watch."
But later, with the infield pulled in, Reyes tried to score on contact on a grounder to second. But Rickie Weeks delivered a strong throw that beat Reyes, who was tagged on the backside as he tried to cross the plate standing up.
"I'm better than that; I should have slid there," Reyes said. "People know I don't like to slide headfirst at home plate, but I have to do better than that." Reyes has been wary of sliding feet first after severely spraining an ankle in 2003, his first season. Collins wished he never had sent him.
"After he went, I thought, you know what, I don't like this," Collins said. "I don't want a headfirst slide into that catcher. He can really create some damage."
Collins later second-guessed himself, believing he should have kept Reyes aboard for Carlos Beltran. But Carlos Gomez, the former Met, made it a moot point with a spectacular leaping catch that robbed Beltran of a home run at one of the angled corners of the centerfield wall.
Still, the Mets did enough for Capuano, who allowed six hits and struck out five in six innings to earn his first win since May 15. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez finished up, with K-Rod earning his 17th save to kick off the Mets' 10-game trip.
"It was a good game for us to get started on," Collins said.