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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Recap: Game 43 - Reds (4) at Mets (0) - Mets get shut out, No Leake in Reds Pitching

Cincinnati (28-18)«300000001470
N.Y. Mets (17-26)000000000031

W: M. Leake (4-2) L: J. Niese (3-5)
HR: CIN - D. Mesoraco (2)   NYM - None


Mike Leake held New York's floundering offense to just three hits over seven innings of work, and the Cincinnati Reds shut out the Mets, 4-0, on Tuesday to take the second test of a three-game set.

The Reds managed only seven hits, but took advantage of a two-out error by Mets third baseman David Wright to score two of their three first-inning runs.

That's all the support Leake (4-2) needed to notch his third straight victory and fourth in five games. The righty struck out four and set down nine of the last 10 New York batters he faced.

Devin Mesoraco forced a run in with a bases-loaded walk then hit a solo homer in the ninth to help the Reds to their ninth win in 11 games.

After a lengthy first inning, Jonathon Niese (3-5) settled in and went on to record a season-best seven strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from a feeble lineup which has produced a combined eight hits in the last two games.

The Mets have won just two of their last 12 contests at Citi Field, where they have scored less than three runs in nine straight. Lucas Duda and John Buck each doubled and were stranded in scoring position.

Niese managed to toss six innings after a frustrating start. He retired the first two batters he faced but then needed 41 more pitches to get through the opening frame.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each worked walks around a single from Brandon Phillips, and Cincinnati sent Todd Frazier to the plate with the bases loaded.

Frazier hit a hard but playable ball toward third, but Wright let the ball go through the wickets and the miscue allowed two runs to score.

An infield single from Donald Lutz reloaded the bases, but after Niese walked Mesoraco to make it 3-0 Reds, he bounced back from the 48-pitch frame to retire 16 of the last 19 batters he faced without giving up another run.

"He really pitched well after the first inning," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "He started making pitches and throwing strikes."

Leake didn't give the Mets many opportunities to score, but his toughest test came in the fourth after issuing a walk to Duda and surrendering a two-out double to Buck.

That brought up the struggling Ike Davis, who grounded out softly to first to end the threat. New York's first base man is hitless in his last 24 chances with runners in scoring position and mired in a 1-for-36 slump overall.

Reds relievers Sam LeCure and Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, and Mesoraco delivered a solo blast in the Reds' final turn at-bat.

Game Notes

New York has lost nine of its last 12 games overall ... Mets reliever Scott Rice made his major league-leading 27th appearance out of the bullpen, tossing a scoreless eighth ... The Reds have won 11 of their last 15 road games ... Votto went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Box Score:

Derrick Robinson CF500000002.281
Zack Cozart SS501000001.206
Joey Votto 1B311000011.353
Brandon Phillips 2B411000001.279
Jay Bruce RF310000012.280
Todd Frazier 3B402010000.231
Donald Lutz LF401000001.278
Devin Mesoraco C311200111.234
Mike Leake P300000001.217
  Sam LeCure P000000000.000
  Jack Hannahan PH100000001.216
  Logan Ondrusek P000000000.000
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.292
Mike Baxter RF300000011.222
David Wright 3B400000001.301
Lucas Duda LF301010011.226
Rick Ankiel CF400000001.259
John Buck C401010000.224
Ike Davis 1B300000000.149
Ruben Tejada SS200000011.210
Jon Niese P100000000.143
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.215
  Collin McHugh P000000000.000

E_D.Wright. LOB_Cincinnati 7, NY Mets 6. 2B_T.Frazier, L.Duda, J.Buck. HR_D.Mesoraco (2) off C.McHugh. S_J.Niese.

Mike Leake (W 4-2)7.030024099-613.25
Sam LeCure (H 6)1.000011018-101.35
Logan Ondrusek1.000002014-93.71
Jon Niese (L 3-5)6.0530370106-744.80
LaTroy Hawkins1.010001011-83.15
Scott Rice1.00000209-72.91
Collin McHugh1.011101112-812.00

T_2:42. A_28183.
Umpires_Home,Ron Kulpa; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third, Tom Hallion.

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