Reyes leaves with leg injury, Mets lose to Yankees

From the moment Jose Reyes left the game with a leg injury, the

New York Mets looked lifeless.

Now, they can only hope he heals faster than in the past.

”I’m concerned about it, obviously. You sensed it not only in

the dugout, you sensed it in the stands. The air came out of the

bubble,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after his team’s 5-2 loss

to the Yankees on Saturday. ”Right now, we’ll wait until tomorrow

to see what it is and then we’ll reassess what we’re going to do to

replace him. I’m sure once we hear from the doctor what’s going to

go on, we’ll make some decisions.”

Bartolo Colon came off the disabled list to pitch six shutout

innings and Eduardo Nunez homered in his latest big game at the

plate, leading the Yankees to their season-best seventh consecutive

victory.

Dillon Gee had one messy inning and Reyes left in the third with

tightness in his left hamstring, taking the starch out of the

suddenly slumping Mets. After setting a club record by scoring 52

runs in a four-game stretch, they’ve managed only five while losing

their past three.

Leading the majors in hitting, Reyes was scheduled for an MRI on

Sunday morning and it appears likely he will miss the Subway Series

finale as the Mets try to avoid a sweep.

”Every time I injure my leg, I have to be worried because it’s

my leg. Legs are a big part of my game,” Reyes said. ”Hopefully,

the MRI will show no damage tomorrow and I’ll be fine in a couple

of days.”

The star shortstop felt tightness in his hamstring while beating

out an infield single in the first inning and then had a timid

break for second on a full-count pitch to Carlos Beltran. The Mets

said Reyes was removed as a precaution in the top of the third.

Reyes has been one of baseball’s best players this season. He

began the day leading the majors with a .352 batting average, 123

hits and 15 triples. He also led the NL with 65 runs scored. The

speedy switch-hitter can become a free agent after the World

Series.

Reyes has a history of leg injuries that limited the leadoff man

to 53 games in 2004 and 36 games in 2009, but he said this is the

first problem he’s had with his left hamstring.

”It’s not too much pain. I feel it a little bit,” Reyes said.

”I didn’t want to blow my hamstring again because I’ve been

through a lot with that.”

Held scoreless for the first five innings, the Yankees touched

up Gee (8-2) with four straight sharp hits in a four-run sixth

before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,042.

Curtis Granderson lifted a 1-2 pitch to right for his 22nd home

run before Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez singled. Robinson Cano

ripped a two-run triple into the right-field corner and Nick

Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly.

”I just made a few bad pitches,” Gee said. ”They’re a good

team, so that’s what can happen. They can jump on you in one

inning.”

Nunez added a solo homer off Tim Byrdak in the ninth to make it

5-0. Nunez also had a pair of doubles after going 4 for 4 with an

RBI in Friday night’s 5-1 victory.

The only time the Mets retired him it took a spectacular, diving

catch by second baseman Justin Turner.

Subbing at shortstop for injured Derek Jeter, Nunez is 7 for 8

with a homer and three doubles in the first two games of the

weekend series.

”Should have been 8 for 8. And if that catch isn’t made, that

might have been a triple,” Teixeira said. ”This is an impressive

two days for him in his first starts in the Subway Series.”

The sixth-inning outburst provided more than enough support for

the 38-year-old Colon (6-3), who picked up right where he left off

in his first start since June 11. The husky right-hander strained

his left hamstring in a 4-0 victory over Cleveland while covering

first base on a groundout.

Colon was on his game from the outset in this one, setting down

13 in a row after Reyes reached on that infield single to start the

first.

Throwing 95 mph fastballs with his revitalized arm, the 2005 AL

Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none. He gave up

five hits, four singles, and clapped his pitching hand into his

glove after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Gee

bounced into a double play.

Colon is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last four starts, holding

his opponent scoreless three times.

”That’s as good as I’ve ever seen him, and I’ve seen him really

good,” Collins said.

Cory Wade tossed two scoreless innings and Sergio Mitre gave up

RBI groundouts to Jason Bay and Lucas Duda in the ninth.

NOTES: Ruben Tejada replaced Reyes at shortstop. … The Mets

are 3 for 24 (.125) with runners in scoring position over the last

three games. During the four games before that, they batted .484

(30 for 62) in those situations. … The Mets signed 16-year-old

Jose Garcia, a switch-hitting catcher from Venezuela, to a minor

league contract. … The Mets had won 11 of Gee’s first 12 starts

this season. … The Mets are 2-6 against the Yankees at Citi

Field, which opened in 2009. The Yankees have won 14 of the last 20

meetings overall, including four of five this year. … Mets CF

Angel Pagan turned 30.