By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ike Davis connected twice and reached a
career-high 30 homers, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings
for his first major league win and the New York Mets beat the
plummeting Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Monday night for their fourth
straight victory.

Davis had a career-high five RBIs and David Wright had a
run-scoring single to move within two hits of tying Ed Kranepool’s
franchise record of 1,418 hits.

The Pirates lost for the 31st time in 43 games since improving
to a season-high 16 games above .500 (63-47) on Aug. 8. They
started the day 61/2 games back in the wild-card race with several
teams ahead of them, and now need to win six of their last nine
just to finish at break even.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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