NEW YORK (AP) – Jose Reyes had four hits, including his major league-leading 10th triple, to lead the New York Mets to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as Pedro Martinez earned his 12th victory of the season.

Reyes scored three runs and stole two bases, and his triple in the seventh inning tied the score before Carlos Beltran singled him home with the go-ahead run. Reyes added an RBI single in the eighth.

New York’s seventh-inning rally started when Marlon Anderson, pinch-hitting for Martinez, drew a four-pitch leadoff walk from Giavanni Carrara (6-4), who relieved Dodgers starter D.J. Houlton.

Reyes followed with his third hit, a triple into the right-field corner. After Mike Cameron grounded out, Wilson Alvarez relieved for Los Angeles and Beltran singled on the first pitch.

Olmedo Saenz drove in three runs for the Dodgers with a double and a home run on a day when Martinez (12-3) struggled without his best stuff and never hit 90 mph on the radar gun.

Martinez gave up eight hits – four for extra bases – in seven innings. He struck out four, raising his National League-leading total to 147, and walked two.

Houlton worked six innings, allowing eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning when the sun caused problems for Mets fielders.

Cesar Izturis singled with one out and Milton Bradley, reinstated from the disabled list, walked. Jeff Kent lofted a pop fly to short right field that second baseman Miguel Cairo was unable to handle. Cairo recovered to force Bradley at second base.

Ricky Ledee singled home Izturis, and Saenz followed with a fly ball to deep center that Beltran lost in the sun. The ball fell for a double, scoring two more runs.

The Mets came right back in the bottom of the first.

Reyes beat out a bunt leading off and stole second, his 33rd steal of the season. He advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jason Phillips and scored on a single by Cameron. Two outs later, Wright singled home Cameron.

Reyes added another stolen base in the eighth.

In the third, Reyes and Cameron opened with singles and moved up on a sacrifice by Beltran. Reyes scored on an infield out, tying the score at 3-3, but this time Wright struck out, leaving Cameron stranded at third.

Los Angeles regained the lead in the fourth when Jayson Werth’s drive dropped in front of a diving Beltran for a double and Phillips followed with an RBI single.

Saenz opened the sixth with his eighth home run of the season, making it 5-3, but the Mets got that run right back when Wright doubled and came around on a sacrifice and an infield out.

That set the stage for New York’s winning rally.

Roberto Hernandez pitched the eighth inning and Braden Looper worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

Notes: Reyes has stolen at least one base in six straight games. … Wright extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … Saenz’s home run was an estimated 410 feet. … Martinez’s seventh-inning strikeout of Oscar Robles was the 2,800th of his career.

AP-ES-07-23-05 1802EDT


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