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Hat Trick! Ike owns the rail

As the pop that would end the game flew toward the railing at the end of the Mets' dugout, it was as if SNY were showing one of their reruns.

Ike Davis hustled over, leaned his 6-foot-4 body over the blue-padded railing, reached his right arm out, made the catch and flipped over. He now has the hat trick of over-the-railing catches.

"I have no idea why it keeps doing it," Davis said.

Jerry Manuel doesn't think it is an accident. Davis is just "smooth."

"Ike is a young player with a real good feel for the game of baseball," Manuel said.

He nearly had a real good freel for a grand slam in the eighth, but he just missed it. The ball was reviewed by umpires, but still ruled just foul.

Davis didn't have a great night offensively. He was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The last Met to do that? Butch Huskey on July 2, 1997 against the Tigers.

BAY & WRIGHT: Both Jason Bay and David Wright looked like they may be getting right. Bay had three hits and hit a near homer in the fifth. Bay sounded like Citi is in his head a little, because he said he has learned that home runs die in this park.

Still, he was happy with his nightas he extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Wright, meanwhile, had three hits, including two doubles the opposite way, a good sign for him. The Mets had a season-high 16 hits.

NOT NIESE: Jon Niese was wild last night. In 4 1/3 innings, he walked five batters and gave up six earned runs. He couldn't locate his fastball.

"It was a subpar effort," Niese said.