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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recap: Game 115 - Mets at Reds - Reds Shut Out Mets 3-0

Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)
N.Y. Mets (55-61)000000000060
Cincinnati (70-46) «0000000033111
W: J. Arredondo (5-2) L: M. Acosta (1-3)
HR: NYM - None   CIN - J. Bruce (23)

The Cincinnati Reds kept stranding base runners, but Mat Latos and company kept firing scoreless innings.

That was until Jay Bruce helped the Reds finally break through.

Bruce smacked a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Cincinnati topped the New York Mets, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set.

The Reds, who stranded 14 runners and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position through the first eight frames, got their first two runners on in the ninth when Brandon Phillips walked and Ryan Ludwick singled off Manny Acosta (1-3).

Lefty Josh Edgin came on to face Bruce, who hammered his fourth career walk- off blast into the front row of seats in left field to give the NL Central leaders their fourth straight win.

"They put them out there, we put them out there, and we finally came through in the ninth," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was some ballgame."

Cincinnati was unable to capitalize in the third when it had runners on the corners with one out and left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings. The only time the Reds were set down in order was when Bobby Parnell fired a 1-2-3 eighth.

Latos scattered five hits and walked two over seven scoreless frames. He is 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA over his last 10 starts.

The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth. Ruben Tejada lined a ball off Jose Arredondo (5-2) to center field, but the ball hung up just enough for Drew Stubbs to make a running backhanded shoestring catch.

New York also left the bases full in the fourth when Phillips made a leaping catch at second off the bat of Mets starter Chris Young to take a run away.

Young wobbled through 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits and four walks while fanning four for New York, which has dropped six of its last eight games.

The Mets finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

"We had opportunities. We have to find a way to score with runners on base and less than two outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Game Notes

Bruce's homer was his 23rd of the year. It was his second blast off a left- handed reliever in the last two contests ... Cincinnati moved to 307-260 all- time against the Mets ... The Reds moved to 20-8 during Joey Votto's absence.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS501010001.318
Mike Baxter RF401000000.303
David Wright 3B300000012.323
Ike Davis 1B300000011.215
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.296
Jordany Valdespin LF301000000.259
Andres Torres CF300000001.240
Josh Thole C201000020.262
Chris Young P200000000.143
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Ronny Cedeno PH000000000.284
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston PH101000000.267
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
Zack Cozart SS402010010.245
Drew Stubbs CF401000000.229
Brandon Phillips 2B210000031.295
Ryan Ludwick LF512010001.268
Jay Bruce RF512310102.245
Todd Frazier 1B-3B401000000.280
Wilson Valdez 3B300000001.211
  Xavier Paul PH000000010.344
  Sean Marshall P000000000.000
  Jose Arredondo P000000000.000
Ryan Hanigan C302010010.282
Mat Latos P201000011.178
  Miguel Cairo 1B100000001.156

E_R.Hanigan. LOB_NY Mets 10, Cincinnati 14. 2B_R.Tejada, Z.Cozart, R.Ludwick, J.Bruce, R.Hanigan. HR_J.Bruce (23) off J.Edgin. S_J.Valdespin, R.Cedeno, D.Stubbs. SB_S.Hairston (7). CS_D.Wright. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy and I.Davis); Cincinnati 1 (R.Hanigan and Z.Cozart).

Chris Young5.2800440105-654.50
Ramon Ramirez0.10000003-34.20
Bobby Parnell1.010022022-123.04
Jon Rauch1.000001012-83.14
Manny Acosta (L 1-3)0.01221006-29.29
Josh Edgin0.01110017-65.79
Mat Latos7.0500240105-723.63
Sean Marshall1.000012011-72.82
Jose Arredondo (W 5-2)1.010010022-112.51

M.Acosta pitched to 2 batters in the 9th. J.Edgin pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB_off C.Young (R.Hanigan), off M.Latos (J.Thole).
T_3:17. A_26113.
Umpires_Home,Jim Reynolds; First, James Hoye; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Dan Iassogna.

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