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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 157 - Mets (4) at Reds (2) - Niese, Murphy's 3-Run Bomb Dooms Cincy Hopes for Division Title

N.Y. Mets (72-85)«0400000004100
Cincinnati (90-68)010010000280

W: J. Niese (8-8) L: M. Leake (14-7) S: V. Black (1)
HR: NYM - D. Murphy (13)   CIN - None


Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the New York Mets beat Cincinnati 4-2 on Tuesday night, a costly setback to the Reds' hopes of another division title.

The Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates clinched playoff spots on Monday night, but hoped to chase down the first-place St. Louis Cardinals with closing surges. Leake's one very bad inning made that much less likely for the Reds.

Cincinnati fell a daunting three games behind St. Louis, which beat Washington 2-0 on Tuesday night. If they can't catch up, they are headed for the wild card playoff game next Tuesday.

Leake (14-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in only 1 2-3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career. Wilfredo Tovar ended his scoreless innings streak at 21 2-3 with an RBI single, and Murphy's homer gave left-hander Jon Niese (8-8) the big lead.

Jon Niese kept lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in check again, holding them to a combined 0 for 6 with four strikeouts. Niese allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. Vic Black faced three batters in the ninth, getting his first career save on his second try.

Votto is 2 for 15 in his career against Niese with seven strikeouts. Bruce is 2 for 13 with six strikeouts.

Niese also got off to a rough start, giving up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips on his first two pitches of the game. He got out of that threat with the help of center fielder Juan Lagares, who nailed Choo at the plate as he tried to score on Ryan Ludwick's single.

Eric Young Jr. had a single and a double, scored a run and stole his 42nd base for the Mets, who have won eight of 12.

Game Notes:

Murphy's 13 homers are a career high. ... Young has 26 steals in the second half of the season, most in the majors. ... Leake also lasted 1 2-3 innings on July 30 last season against San Diego. ... Leake's scoreless streak was the longest by a Reds starter since Tom Browning threw 23 straight scoreless innings in 1990, when the Reds won the World Series. The series concludes with a day game on Wednesday. RHP Mat Latos (14-6) starts for Cincinnati against RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3).

Box Score:

Eric Young LF412010001.251
Daniel Murphy 2B412300100.285
David Wright 3B402000000.313
Lucas Duda 1B300000002.228
Juan Lagares CF401000000.251
Mike Baxter RF311010001.193
  Josh Satin PH100000000.280
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000
  Vic Black P000000000.000
Travis d`Arnaud C300000011.185
Wilfredo Tovar SS401100000.375
Jon Niese P311000002.211
  Matt den Dekker RF100000000.222
Shin-Soo Choo CF412001000.287
Brandon Phillips 2B301000011.262
Joey Votto 1B400000002.306
Ryan Ludwick LF402000000.258
Jay Bruce RF400000003.264
Todd Frazier 3B411010001.236
Zack Cozart SS401010000.254
Devin Mesoraco C300100000.242
Mike Leake P000000000.190
  Zach Duke P1010000001.000
  Neftali Soto PH100000001.000
  Logan Ondrusek P000000000.000
  J.J. Hoover P000000000.000
  Chris Heisey PH100000000.232
  Sean Marshall P000000000.000
  Alfredo Simon P000000000.143

LOB_NY Mets 5, Cincinnati 5. 2B_E.Young, M.Baxter, T.Frazier, Z.Cozart. 3B_S.Choo. HR_D.Murphy (13) off M.Leake. SB_E.Young (42). CS_J.Lagares. GIDP_D.Wright, J.Votto, Z.Cozart. DP_NY Mets 2 (W.Tovar, D.Murphy and L.Duda), (V.Black, W.Tovar and L.Duda); Cincinnati 1 (B.Phillips, Z.Cozart and J.Votto).

Jon Niese (W 8-8)7.0822160113-813.74
Scott Atchison (H 10)1.00000006-43.89
Vic Black (S 1)1.000002014-123.60
Mike Leake (L 14-7)1.284402154-353.37
Zach Duke2.120012039-226.44
Logan Ondrusek2.000002027-164.08
J.J. Hoover1.000001012-82.78
Sean Marshall0.100000012-81.80
Alfredo Simon1.200000017-82.94

HBP_by S.Marshall (L.Duda).
WP_J.Niese, V.Black, Z.Duke.
T_3:01. A_28887.
Umpires_Home,Larry Vanover; First, Greg Gibson; Second, Brian Gorman; Third, Tony Randazzo.

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