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John Buck's grand slam, his 4th HR in 4 games, powers Mets past Twins 16-5 as snowflakes fly

  • Baseball fans walk past a pile of snow on the plaza outside Target Field before the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets baseball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis, which was hit with an April snowstorm on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Baseball fans walk past a pile of snow on the plaza outside Target Field before the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets baseball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis, which was hit with an April snowstorm on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Mets' John Buck (44) is welcomed at the dugout after his grand slam off Minnesota Twins pitcher Pedro Hernandez in the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis.  Mets' Ike Davis, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    New York Mets' John Buck (44) is welcomed at the dugout after his grand slam off Minnesota Twins pitcher Pedro Hernandez in the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis. Mets' Ike Davis, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the last four games, and the New York Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 16-5 as snowflakes fell at Target Field on Friday night.

Buck became only the fourth major league player in at least 92 years to reach 19 RBIs in the first 10 games of a season, according to STATS research dating to 1921. Chris Davis did it for Baltimore this year, Manny Ramirez for Cleveland in 1999 and Lou Gehrig for the Yankees in 1927 were the others.

In his first two weeks with the Mets after being traded twice during the offseason, Buck already has six homers. His career high is 20.

Jonathon Niese (2-0) lasted only five innings in frigid weather, ending his streak of 22 consecutive starts of six or more that dated to last June. That was the longest current run in the majors.