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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recap: Game 156 - Mets (2) at Reds (3) - Mets Lose in 10, Reds clinch playoff spot

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N.Y. Mets (71-85)0010010000260
Cincinnati (90-67)«02000000013101

W: M. Parra (2-3) L: G. Burke (0-3)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (15)   CIN - None


Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Reds secured their third playoff spot in four years shortly after beating the New York Mets 3-2 on Monday night.

The Reds clinched theirs after Choo's drive smacked high off the wall in left-center field. Eight minutes later, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-3, clinching an NL wild card for Pittsburgh.

The Reds were pulling for first-place St. Louis to lose. Instead, the Cardinals retained their two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

The Reds kept pace with St. Louis despite squandering plenty of chances to end it early. They wasted a chance in the ninth, when David Aardsma pitched out of a bases-loaded threat by retiring Todd Frazier on a fly out.

Greg Burke (0-3) gave up a one-out single to Devin Mesoraco in the 10th, and Derrick Robinson singled him to third. Choo followed with his third hit of the game, off left-hander Sean Henn, a drive high off the wall in left-center. Choo headed for the dugout after crossing first base.

Johnny Cueto made a second solid start since coming off the disabled list, an encouraging sign for Cincinnati's postseason plans. The right-hander has been sidelined three times by soreness near his shoulder.

He gave up two runs -- one earned -- on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly and solo homer, which snapped an 0-for-17 slump. In two starts, Cueto has allowed eight hits and one earned run in 12 innings.

Aaron Harang is 3-0 in four career starts against the Reds, including a 4-2 victory with Seattle on July 5 at Great American Ball Park. The Mariners later released him with a 5-11 record.

The Reds sustained their hopes of another division title by winning another long game -- they are 13-9 in extra innings.

They were six games out on Aug. 9, in danger of falling out of the division's three-team race. They regrouped and have taken the race down to the final week by winning 12 of their last 17.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright had his hitting streak ended at eight games. ... Billy Hamilton got in as a pinch-runner in the eighth and stole second, leaving him 13 for 13 in attempts. The Mets called for a pitchout but Frank Francisco threw it over the plate. ...

Box Score:

Eric Young LF502000001.249
Daniel Murphy 2B401000000.283
David Wright 3B200000021.311
Lucas Duda 1B311200100.230
Andrew Brown RF400000002.224
Juan Lagares CF400000001.251
Travis d`Arnaud C301000011.191
Omar Quintanilla SS300000002.227
  Josh Satin PH101000000.281
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
  Sean Henn P000000000.000
Aaron Harang P210000001.400
  Mike Baxter PH100000000.190
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Pedro Feliciano P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  David Aardsma P000000000.000
  Wilfredo Tovar PH-SS000000000.500
Shin-Soo Choo CF603210000.285
Brandon Phillips 2B401000011.262
Joey Votto 1B000100050.308
Ryan Ludwick LF500000000.250
  Manny Parra P000000000.500
Jay Bruce RF400000010.266
Todd Frazier 3B411010010.236
Zack Cozart SS400000011.255
Ryan Hanigan C412000000.201
  Billy Hamilton PR000000000.429
  Devin Mesoraco C111000000.244
Johnny Cueto P301000000.150
  Sam LeCure P000000000.000
  Sean Marshall P000000000.000
  Chris Heisey PH100000001.233
  Aroldis Chapman P000000000.000
  Derrick Robinson LF101000000.249

E_T.Frazier. LOB_NY Mets 5, Cincinnati 15. 2B_S.Choo, T.Frazier. HR_L.Duda (15) off J.Cueto. SF_L.Duda. S_W.Tovar. SB_E.Young (41), S.Choo 2 (20), B.Hamilton (13). CS_E.Young, T.Frazier. GIDP_L.Duda. DP_Cincinnati 2 (B.Phillips, Z.Cozart and J.Votto), (B.Phillips and Z.Cozart).

Aaron Harang6.0522610104-614.24
Gonzalez Germen0.200011016-94.26
Pedro Feliciano0.10000001-14.50
Frank Francisco1.010001020-127.36
Tim Byrdak0.01000002-29.82
David Aardsma1.000020023-94.46
Greg Burke (L 0-3)0.121100015-115.68
Sean Henn0.01000002-13.38
Johnny Cueto7.032135199-602.82
Sam LeCure0.120001012-72.70
Sean Marshall0.20000004-21.86
Aroldis Chapman1.000003017-132.59
Manny Parra (W 2-3)1.01000007-53.45

T.Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. S.Henn pitched to 1 batter in the 10th.

IBB_off D.Aardsma (J.Votto,J.Bruce).
T_3:42. A_21269.
Umpires_Home,Tony Randazzo; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Brian Gorman.

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