Reyes ties career high with 20-game hit streak

Reyes ties career high with 20-game hit streak

ATLANTA -- A constant in a tumultuous second half for the Marlins has been the steady hitting of Jose Reyes.

Since July 13, Miami's first game after the All-Star break, Reyes has collected at least one hit in every game. The streak reached a career-high-tying 20 when the shortstop tripled in the sixth inning against the Braves at Turner Field on Thursday night. While with the Mets, he had a string of 20 games from July 17-Aug. 7, 2005.

During his current streak -- the longest active one in the Majors -- Reyes is 27-for-78 (.346). Reyes had a pair of hits on Wednesday night, and he actually should have had a third hit, but a long drive he hit to right field was ruled foul. Replays showed the ball kicked up the chalk, and the play should have at least been a double.

That at-bat ended with Atlanta shortstop Paul Janish making a spectacular diving catch near the third-base line.

"He's a guy who has hit .340 in the past," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every game he hits the ball hard. Reyes can be 0-for-4 or 5-for-5, but you can't tell because he always plays the same way."

Reyes did get picked off first base after getting his first hit. Because stealing bases is part of his game, Guillen says there will be outs on the bases.

"When you're a base-stealer, that's going to happen," the manager said. "If [John] Buck, [a catcher], got picked off first base, we have a problem. But Reyes, I don't mind. He's just playing his game. I'm not going to take that away. He's fine."