New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has one thing on his mind when he slaps a ball into the gap: getting to third base.
"I just get out of the box as quick as I can, and if I can make it there I make it," said Reyes, who went 3-for-4 with two triples, a double and two runs scored in the Mets' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Citi Field. "But 99 percent of the time, I'm gonna be safe."
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It was the second time this season that Reyes notched two three-base hits in the same game. He also accomplished the feat on April 11, 2011, against the Colorado Rockies.
Reyes now has six career two-triple games, which ranks second in the majors since 2003. Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford has seven.
It was also Reyes' 14th multi-hit game of the season, and he became the first Met in 2011 to have three extra-base hits in the same game.
"I'm feeling good," said Reyes, who is batting a robust .326 this season with 16 extra-base hits and 12 stolen bases. "I'm just hitting good pitches and not going out of the zone too much."
Reyes also has a .377 on-base percentage, which generally is not his strong suit. His career high is .358 in 2008.
Manager Terry Collins called Reyes "unbelievable."
"It seems like every time I look up he's standing on second base or third base," Collins said.
Reyes was asked if he could've had a third triple in the eighth inning, when he laced a ball into right-center field.
"No," Reyes said, laughing. "That's a double. I had [Willie] Harris running in front of me."