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Monday, May 20, 2013

Recap: Game 42 - Reds (4) at Mets (3) - Jay Bruce Spoils Mets Opener

Cincinnati (27-18)«300001000480
N.Y. Mets (17-25)003000000351

W: J. Cueto (2-0) L: S. Marcum (0-5) S: A. Chapman (9)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (6)   NYM - M. Byrd (4)


Jay Bruce belted the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and Aroldis Chapman made it stand up in the ninth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

Bruce and Brandon Phillips each drove in two runs, and Johnny Cueto (2-0) returned from the disabled list and fanned eight over five innings to get the win. Cueto had been sidelined with a strained right lat. He last started April 13 in a 3-1 loss against Pittsburgh, but on Monday the right-hander gave up just three hits and as many runs while walking four batters.

The Reds have won eight of their last 10 games.

Chapman, who blew his past two save opportunities, including Sunday when giving up back-to-back ninth inning homers at Philadelphia, fanned two in a 1-2-3 final frame for his ninth save of the year.

Shaun Marcum (0-5) allowed six hits and the four runs, while fanning seven in taking the loss in the opener of this three-game series. Marlon Byrd belted a three-run homer.

Bruce lined Marcum's first pitch of the sixth inning over the wall in right field to give the Reds a 4-3 edge.

Cincinnati loaded the bases against LaTroy Hawkins in the seventh, but Bruce struck out to end the frame. Hawkins walked off the mound upset at the strike zone calls from home plate umpire Tom Hallion and was promptly ejected from the game along with Mets manager Terry Collins.

Jonathan Broxton worked around a single to keep the Mets off the board in the eighth inning before Chapman finished it.

The Reds took advantage of an obstruction call during a three-run opening inning. Shin-Soo Choo walked to start the game, and with one out Joey Votto singled to right field. The ball hit off first base, but Votto was thrown out by right fielder Marlon Byrd going to second. Ike Davis was ruled to have impeded the progress of Votto around first, and the interference error put two Cincinnati players in scoring position.

Phillips then blooped a two-run single to right, and Bruce extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double to the same part of the field.

"We've got to execute very, very well. We can't give up extra outs," Collins said. "We have to make plays and keep the ball in the ballpark, which has hurt us at times. We have to play pretty perfect baseball right now."

Cueto escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first thanks to three-time Gold Glove winner Phillips, who made a diving stop on a grounder by Davis and threw to first for the final out of the inning.

Rick Ankiel singled and David Wright walked to start the New York third, and one out later Byrd belted an offering over the wall in left field to tie the score.

"It looked like he was feeling his way in the strike zone, really didn't let it go," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cueto. "He came back and pitched well after that. He built on that and got the win. The bullpen did a heck of a job."

Phillips flied out to right to strand a pair of runners in scoring position in the fifth.

Game Notes

Bruce has an RBI in five straight games with nine runs driven in during that span ... The Mets signed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract on Monday and assigned the right-hander to Triple-A Las Vegas ... The Mets have scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their last 14 games ... The Reds are 10-5 at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Shin-Soo Choo CF310000021.303
Cesar Izturis SS500000000.156
Joey Votto 1B412000011.353
Brandon Phillips 2B411200000.280
Jay Bruce RF412210101.284
Todd Frazier 3B400000003.224
Xavier Paul LF401000003.270
  Jonathan Broxton P000000000.000
  Aroldis Chapman P000000000.000
Ryan Hanigan C401000001.161
Johnny Cueto P201000000.125
  Logan Ondrusek P000000000.000
  Jack Hannahan PH100000000.222
  J.J. Hoover P000000000.000
  Sean Marshall P000000000.000
  Donald Lutz PH-LF100000000.281
Daniel Murphy 2B400000001.293
Rick Ankiel CF311000011.304
David Wright 3B310000011.309
Lucas Duda LF402000002.223
Marlon Byrd RF311300112.269
Ike Davis 1B300000002.152
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000000.218
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
John Buck C300000012.223
Ruben Tejada SS400000001.213
Shaun Marcum P100000001.222
  Justin Turner 1B201000001.292

E_I.Davis. LOB_Cincinnati 9, NY Mets 6. 2B_J.Bruce. HR_J.Bruce (6) off S.Marcum, M.Byrd (4) off J.Cueto. S_S.Marcum.

Johnny Cueto (W 2-0)5.033348190-523.22
Logan Ondrusek (H 2)1.000002015-103.94
J.J. Hoover (H 2)0.11000003-23.79
Sean Marshall (H 7)0.200001012-72.57
Jonathan Broxton (H 7)1.010001011-84.34
Aroldis Chapman (S 9)1.000002011-83.15
Shaun Marcum (L 0-5)6.0644171104-726.59
LaTroy Hawkins1.000021029-143.32
Brandon Lyon1.010002017-123.24
Greg Burke1.010000010-64.50

IBB_off L.Hawkins (J.Votto).
HBP_by L.Hawkins (B.Phillips).
T_3:22. A_23038.
Umpires_Home,Tom Hallion; First, Ron Kulpa; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, Phil Cuzzi.

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