Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets connects on...

Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets connects on a sixth inning home run against the Oakland Athletics. (June 21, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

After going 3-for-3 with a homer and near-homer Tuesday night, Jason Bay revealed the secret to his newfound success at the plate.

"I'm actually hitting lefthanded," he said.

A few weeks ago, that wouldn't have seemed like such a bad idea. But the Mets' $66-million leftfielder was one of the team's few bright spots in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field.

Bay ended a 104 at-bat homerless streak with a solo blast in the sixth inning against Oakland starter Josh Outman. It was the second-longest drought of his career.

He also singled in the second inning, walked in the fourth and tripled to deepest centerfield in the eighth.

The triple was almost Bay's second home run of the night. A's centerfielder Coco Crisp nearly caught the ball at the top of the centerfield wall, 408 feet from home plate. The ball hit Crisp's glove and came back onto the field; umpires reviewed the play via instant replay to see if the ball had actually gone over the wall. After a delay of 3:55, the call stood.

The Mets came up short in their comeback attempt after falling behind 7-1. But Bay's at-bats gave manager Terry Collins something to ponder before Wednesday's game: whether to move Bay up from sixth in the order.

"If he's going to swing, I'm going to move him up," Collins said. "That's why he's here. I was real excited for him. He hit those balls hard. Even the single was hard. It was a good night for him."

Bay has hit .353 (12-for-34) in his last nine games. For the season, he's at .236 with three home runs and 15 RBIs (two Tuesday).

"I'll hit anywhere," he said. "I told TC that. It doesn't bother me one way or another. I mean, I'd love to move up in the order. That means obviously that things are going well. I feel like I'm a guy on this team that hits in the middle of the order. I'll welcome that if we get to it."