David Wright hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, while Jose Valentin homered twice, pacing the Mets' 11-3 drubbing of Colorado. Wright's home run was his first since July 28 at Atlanta, snapping a long drought.
Dave Williams started for New York and allowed three runs in seven innings, winning his second decision in three starts since being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. He was sent down to Norfolk in a procedural move after the game, though he'll return to start on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.
The victory gave the Mets the best record in baseball at 82-49, one game behind the Detroit Tigers in both the victory and loss columns. However, the Mets have a higher winning percentage at .626, two points higher than Jim Leyland's club.
According to multiple reports, the Mets are looking to promote an infielder from Triple-A Norfolk before rosters expand on Friday, hoping to push an extra candidate along to be eligible for the postseason roster.
Anderson Hernandez has been performing decently at Triple-A, but because Hernandez was already up with the Mets earlier this season – he was the Opening Day second baseman – other likely candidates include veteran Edgardo Alfonzo and prospect Ruben Gotay, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals for Jeff Keppinger.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets have had sole possession of the best record in the major leagues this late in the season just once in their history: Aug. 31, 2000.
That day, the Mets were 79-54, following a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Shea Stadium. Rick Reed out dueled Chris Holt with seven innings of shutout ball before turning the game over to Turk Wendell and Armando Benitez. The Mets scored their only run in the first inning when Benny Agbayani came home on a wild pitch.