Alou's first-inning homer stretches hit streak to 30 games

NEW YORK -- Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 30
games Wednesday night with a home run in the first inning for the
New York Mets against the Washington Nationals.

The Mets built a 5-0 lead, but eventually lost the game 9-6 to see their lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East trimmed to one game.

Alou's streak is a franchise record and the longest in the major
leagues since Willy Taveras also hit safely in 30 straight games
for the Houston Astros from July 27 to Aug. 27 last season.

Alou's drive followed a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran, the
fourth time the Mets have hit consecutive homers this year.

After getting four hits Tuesday, including a three-run double,
Alou began the night batting .400 (46-for-115) during the streak.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.