Tejada getting settled in two-hole

Tejada getting settled in two-hole

HOUSTON -- While Ruben Tejada hit at the top of the batting order on Wednesday, the Mets shortstop is beginning to settle into the No. 2 spot.

"That's where he is until we get everybody back," manager Terry Collins said. "The way he's been swinging the bat, I don't want to mess up the top of the order, those first four guys."

Tejada is making a believer out of Collins in that role.

"Yeah, the way he's been handling the bat lately, going the other way so much, he's done a great job," Collins said. "And if we make a switch in the leadoff spot, where we think Andres [Torres] brings more to us ... he's the kind of guy that can take some pitches and let Andres steal a base."

Tejada hit .588 (10-for-17) during the recent series at Colorado, the first Mets player to have 10 or more hits in a three-game series since Edgardo Alfonzo did it at Colorado, April 28-30, 2000.

During Wednesday's game, Tejada went 3-for-4 with two doubles to raise his average to .305.