NEW YORK (AP) - Mets manager Terry Collins isn't about to stop Jose Reyes from running - especially when he thinks his speedy shortstop was safe.
Reyes was called out in the seventh inning trying to advance to third on a bungled relay throw and the New York Mets went on to lose 5-1 to the crosstown rival Yankees on Friday night.
``Sometimes, you can't corral a guy who plays like that. I had no problem with it, none whatsoever,' Collins said. ``He's done that all year for us, and nine out of 10, he's safe, and created runs and created all that energy that picks the club up.'
Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, Reyes led off with a single. Justin Turner followed with a deep fly to center field.
``If he's safe the momentum goes back in their favor,' outfielder Curtis Granderson said.
Reyes electrified the largest crowd in Citi Field history, 42,020, when he tagged up. He took off for third when Granderson's relay bounced away from Eduardo Nunez, but Nunez threw a perfect one-hopper to third base and Alex Rodriguez made a sweep tag that on replay appeared to miss Reyes, who was sliding headfirst.
``I think I just touched his sleeve,' Rodriguez said. ``I watched the replay and I wasn't sure.'
Regardless of the call, Reyes would try for third again.
``I try to be aggressive on the base paths, and nothing is going to change that,' he said. ``That's the way I played in my career, and I'm going to continue to play like that and put pressure on the other team.'
Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was behind Rodriguez when he called Reyes out.
``I had him tagging him on the side by the belt-buttocks area for an out,' Layne told a pool reporter. ``I called what I saw.'
Reyes leaped up to contest the call and third base coach Chip Hale quickly moved in between the NL's leading hitter and Layne. Collins hurried out of the dugout, and after several moments of objecting with his arms held wide, he was ejected by Layne.
``I didn't know if he missed him until I saw the replay, which I thought he missed him,' Collins said. ``I just thought he tagged him high. That was my argument.'
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double, and Rodriguez and Robinson Cano had RBI doubles for the Yankees. Nunez had an RBI single among his career-high four hits and Ivan Nova (8-4) and six relievers stifled a Mets' offense that scored 54 runs in their last five games, helping the Yankees win their season-high sixth straight game.
Jonathon Niese (7-7) was pitching for the first time since leaving his start June 25 with a rapid heartbeat. After giving up three runs in the first, he shut down the Yankees through six innings of one of the most anticipated Subway Series matchups in the past several years.
``That was nothing,' Niese said of the irregular heartbeat. ``It was just one of those things where I had an adrenaline rush.'
Nova won his fourth straight decision, giving up seven hits and a run over five innings. With Bartolo Colon scheduled to return Saturday and Phil Hughes only days away from being ready to rejoin the team, Nova could find himself the odd-man out unless the Yankees use a six-man rotation.
The Yankees broke out early against Niese. Nick Swisher singled leading off and Granderson followed with a hit. Batting right-handed, the switch-hitting Teixeira then lined a double down the right field line for two runs. Cano also had a one-out double to the opposite field to make it 3-0 and bring on the ``Let's go Yankees!' chants.
``Let's go Mets!' calls broke out when the home team led off the bottom half with two straight singles. But Carlos Beltran popped out and Cano turned a stellar double play on Daniel Murphy's difficult grounder, fielding the ball, stepping on second and throwing to first in nearly one swift motion.
The Mets scored in the second with Ruben Tejada getting the last of three straight singles to cut it to 3-1.
The Mets loaded the bases in the fifth but Angel Pagan struck out on a breaking ball.
``You can't always do the same thing,' Nova said. ``Last year I got men on base and I'd go to my fastball so now I use all my pitches.'
Collins said of Pagan: ``A littler anxious. Angel's been swinging so good. I know he wanted to come though.'
NOTES: The Mets went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. ... The Mets honored songwriter Ruth Roberts, songwriter of ``Meet the Mets,' playing the song before the game. Roberts died Friday. She was 84. ... Mets RHP Manny Acosta did not break his wrist Thursday, according to Collins. The Mets could make a move, though, if the wrist is too sore to allow Acosta to pitch this weekend.
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