Posted: May 12, 2011 6:49 PM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Beltran hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to help the New York Mets beat scuffling Ubaldo Jimenez and the Colorado Rockies 9-5 on Thursday in a game delayed more than two hours by rain.
Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and reached all parts of the ballpark with his three two-run homers: straightaway center in the first, deep left in the seventh and into the right-field seats in the ninth.
The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Mets player to hit three in a game, and first since Jose Reyes on Aug. 15, 2006, at Philadelphia.
Reyes hit a two-run single in the fourth that chased Jimenez (0-3) from the game.
Jonathon Niese (2-4) was solid for 6 1-3 innings.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)