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Mets Notes & Quotes for July 26: The Mets are limited to one good inning at Colorado... Jose Santiago makes his Mets debut... Neal Musser is bombed for double digits in hits for the second straight start...

For one inning, the Mets were ripping the ball, Coors Field-style.

Jose Reyes started New York's half of the fourth inning with his major league-leading 11th triple, then scored on a Mike Cameron double to deep right. Cliff Floyd blasted home Cameron with a triple of his own, and then came in when David Wright popped a sacrifice fly to right.

Mike Piazza finished off the three-run offensive barrage with a ground rule double, and then, strangely enough, that was all for the Mets.

New York's bats fizzled out as the Rockies' bats caught up to Tom Glavine for three more runs and a 5-3 win, starting the Mets' seven-game road trip on a low note.

The Mets managed just that one inning against spot starter Jose Acevedo, who held New York over six innings in his first start of the season.

Righthander Jose Santiago, called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, made his Mets debut in the seventh inning. Santiago allowed three hits and a walk, but kept the Rockies off the scoreboard in a two-inning relief stint.

Mets Notes

Right on Trach: RHP Steve Trachsel threw four shutout innings for St. Lucie (A) in a rehab start Monday against Tampa. The 44-pitch outing was Trachsel's second Florida State League appearance as he works his way back from March surgery to repair a herniated disc.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Neal Musser (2-9) allowed six runs and 13 hits in 3-2/3 innings Monday, suffering his ninth loss as the Tides fell to Richmond, 7-3. The 13 hits set a new season high for Musser, who has allowed double digits in safeties in two consecutive starts – he allowed six runs and 11 hits his last time out on July 20 at Ottawa. Musser also allowed 10 runs and 12 hits in a start on April 21 vs. Louisville. Ron Calloway hit his seventh home run for Norfolk in the loss.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Altoona's Jose Bautista cracked a walk-off solo homer off Jeremy Hill in the bottom of the 12th inning, sending the B-Mets to a 5-4 defeat Monday. The loss came after Binghamton rallied for four runs in the ninth inning against Justin Kaye to tie the game, plating runs on hits by Aarom Baldiris, David Bacani and Bobby Malek, and a run-scoring Corey Ragsdale groundout.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: St. Lucie swept a doubleheader against the Tampa Yankees Monday with a 6-1 win in the opener, then a 1-0 victory in the nightcap. Steve Trachsel started the first game, throwing four innings and allowing one hit while striking out three, while Jamar Hill (11) and Tyler Davidson (3) homered. In the second game, Vincent Cordova picked up his seventh win with seven shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out four. St. Lucie's only run of the nightcap came on Blake Whealy's eighth home run in the sixth inning off T.J. Beam.

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Orlando Rengel threw six shutout innings and Corey Coles' two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning as the Suns edged Delmarva Monday, 5-0. Making his first appearance for Hagerstown since May 1st, Rengel scattered five hits and struck out four, picking up his first victory in the South Atlantic League this year. Rengel had posted a 3.51 ERA with no record in six starts for Brooklyn (A) inbetween stints with Hagerstown.

SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Armand Gaerlan and Josh Petersen had run-scoring hits in a three-run 11th inning as the Cyclones rallied over Batavia Monday, 5-2. Jorge Reyes started for Brooklyn and allowed a run on six hits over six innings, striking out five, and centerfielder Joe Holden had three hits in the winning effort.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Bristol plated four runs against Ryan Heil in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying for a 6-5 win over the K-Mets Monday. The outing was the second rough one in a row for Heil, who also took a loss on Saturday against Johnson City, allowing six runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Matt Anderson hit a grand slam, his third homer of the year, as part of a five-run Kingsport third inning.

VENEZUELAN SUMMER LEAGUE: Alejandro Zuaznabar had two hits and three RBI, and Julio Perez added a pair of RBI as the VSL Mets edged the VSL Pirates Monday, 6-2. Nelson Portillo improved to 5-0 for the Mets, allowing two runs (one earned) over five innings.


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