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Mets storm back into first

Robin Ventura and the New York Mets have done little wrong since the All-Star break. That has landed them on top of the East.

Ventura went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday night as the Mets regained first place with a 10-3 victory over the Brewers.

The Mets, 15-4 since the All-Star break, moved a game in front of the Atlanta Braves. The Brewers lost their fourth straight and have dropped nine of 11.

"Star of the league and a guy who is taking the ball right now and running with it," said Valentine, when asked to describe Ventura's recent performance. "I think we've got different guys on the team that can run with the ball, and right now he has it and he's doing a great job with it."

Ventura, who has six homers and 12 RBI in his past seven games, had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings and hit his team-high 24th homer for a 6-2 lead in the fifth. He walked in the seventh and singled in the eighth.

"Over the course of my career, I've been streaky in that way," Ventura said. "Where, for a long period of time I won't hit a lot of home runs, and then I'll go for a while where I hit them. Usually more in the second half than the first half, and I don't know why."

Orel Hershiser allowed three runs in 7 innings and Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer and drove in four for New York.

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