Showing posts with label Mets at Reds. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 158 - Mets (1) at Reds (0) - Dice-K, Bullpen, Terrific

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W: D. Matsuzaka (3-3) L: M. Latos (14-7) S: L. Hawkins (13)
HR: NYM - None   CIN - None


Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 shutout innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati's Mat Latos in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series to further dampen Cincinnati's hopes of hosting the National League wild-card playoff game on Tuesday.

The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting Friday in Cincinnati.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in his first four starts after joining the Mets in August.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 158

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 158:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Justin Turner, 3b
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Juan Lagares, cf
  6. Mike Baxter, rf
  7. Juan Centeno, c
  8. Wilfredo Tovar, ss
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp

Preview: Game 158 - Mets at Reds - Dice-K vs Latos

New York Mets (72-85) at Cincinnati Reds (90-68) 12:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Matsuzaka (R) 6 2-3 5.525.21-15.529/20@PHIW6.0422-018.21.93
M. Latos (R) 31 14-6 3.236.09-12.899/20@PITND6.0840-119.25.49


Cincinnati (90-68) is headed to the postseason, but the team was eying a bigger prize that could become out of reach with one more defeat.

The Reds are third in the division race, one game back of Pittsburgh for second and three behind first-place St. Louis with four games to play.

Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23 ERA), who is probably getting his last chance at a career high in wins.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .316 over his last three starts. However, taking the mound at home could be just what he needs to reach the milestone.

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

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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:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 157

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 157:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Juan Lagares, cf
  6. Mike Baxter, rf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Wilfredo Tovar, ss
  9. Jonathon Niese, lhp

Preview: Game 157 - Mets at Reds - Niese vs Leake

New York Mets (71-85) at Cincinnati Reds (90-67) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Niese (L) 22 7-8 3.815.24-35.669/19SFL7.0721-219.14.66
M. Leake (R) 30 14-6 3.216.06-43.679/17@HOUW8.0503-021.10.84


Mike Leake will try to continue his dazzling stretch and help pull the Reds closer to the top of the NL Central on Tuesday night against the New York Mets.

Cincinnati (90-67) has qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the "The Big Red Machine" won World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

Shin-Soo Choo booked the latest trip Monday, when he hit a long drive off the top of the wall in left-center to drive in Devin Mesoraco and clinch a 3-2, 10-inning win over New York.

Giving the ball to Leake (14-6, 3.21 ERA) should give Cincinnati a strong chance to potentially close that gap, while the Cardinals host Washington.

Leake has been utterly dominant of late, winning three straight starts behind a 0.84 ERA.

He's thrown a career-high 20 1-3 scoreless innings over that stretch, becoming the ninth Reds starter to reach at least 20 since 1974 and first since Mat Latos went 21 innings from April 19-May 5.

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

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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:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 156

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 156:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Andrew Brown, rf
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Aaron Harang, rhp

Preview: Game 156 - Mets at Reds - Harang vs Cueto

New York Mets (71-84) at Cincinnati Reds (89-67) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
A. Harang (R) 2 0-1 4.916.00-00.009/18SFND5.0630-216.27.02
J. Cueto (R) 10 5-2 3.025.22-02.089/16@HOUW5.0501-210.16.97


The Reds, who are trying to move closer to securing a third playoff appearance in four years, send Johnny Cueto to the mound in Monday night's series opener with the New York Mets.

Cueto (5-2, 3.02 ERA) missed the start of the 2011 season with arm trouble, then went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA in 2012 to help the Reds win the NL Central. But after a healthy season, he left Game 1 of the division series against San Francisco after only eight pitches with pulled muscles in his side.

The right-hander was enjoying a solid start to 2013 before straining a lat muscle in a loss to Texas on June 28, forcing him to the DL. He was activated last Monday, and threw five scoreless innings in his 6-1 win over Houston.

Though Cueto said he felt fine after that outing, Baker is taking a cautious approach, especially with the playoffs right around the corner. Cincinnati (89-67) still is in the mix for a second straight Central crown while leading Washington by five games for a wild-card spot.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 118 - Mets at Reds - Harvey Wins Second, Mets Win 8-4

Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Cincinnati (71-47)000000103483
W: M. Harvey (2-3) L: H. Bailey (10-8)
S: J. Rauch (3)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (21),J. Bay (6)   CIN - R. Ludwick (22)

Rookie Matt Harvey pitched 7 2/3 stellar innings and added a two-run double, as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Harvey (2-3), who made his major league debut on July 26, took a perfect game into the fifth. In all, the 23-year-old righty was charged with one run on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. He now has 34 Ks in five career starts.

"I knew it was going to be a tough lineup. I just wanted to go out and not so much worry about who I was facing, as much as where the call was, where the pitch was supposed to go and try and execute as best I could," said Harvey.

Ike Davis homered and drove in a pair while Jason Bay hit a solo shot for the Mets, who scored just one run over the first two games of the series.

Homer Bailey (10-8) took the loss, allowing six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

"Physically I feel great. I have no excuses. I'm just not making pitches as consistently as I need to," said Bailey.

Jay Bruce had a seventh-inning RBI double and Ryan Ludwick homered during a three-run ninth for the Reds, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end. They still lead the NL Central by six games.

Entering Thursday, Cincinnati had given up just one run over a 34-inning stretch, but New York used a pair of three-run frames to secure its third win in the last 10 games.

Davis led off the fourth with his 21st homer of the year before a two-out single by Bay and an intentional walk to Kelly Shoppach set up Harvey's blast to the wall in left-center field, which made it 3-0.

In the sixth, Bay belted a one-out homer to right and Shoppach reached on an error by third baseman Scott Rolen. Harvey moved Shoppach up with a sacrifice bunt and Ruben Tejada followed with an RBI double. Mike Baxter then singled home Tejada for a 6-0 lead.

Harvey, who had lost three straight starts after winning his debut, hit Ludwick with a pitch to begin the fifth inning. Rolen followed with a two-out infield single to break up the no-hitter, but Devin Mesoraco grounded out to end the threat.

Brandon Phillips led off the seventh with a double and crossed the plate on Bruce's two-bagger down the right-field line.

Davis tacked on an RBI double in the ninth and scored later in the frame when shortstop Zack Cozart couldn't handle a sharp grounder from Justin Turner.

In the bottom half, Frank Francisco gave up a leadoff homer to Ludwick, an RBI single to Miguel Cairo and a run-scoring double to Cozart before Jon Rauch struck out Wilson Valdez to secure his third save of the season.

Game Notes

Harvey's 34 strikeouts over his first five major league games rank second in Mets history behind Dwight Gooden (36) ... Rauch has allowed just one run over his last 20 appearances dating back to June 28 ... The Reds are 21-9 since Joey Votto left the lineup.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Preview: Game 118 - Mets at Reds - Harvey Faces Reds in Finale

New York Mets (55-62) at Cincinnati Reds (71-46) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Harvey (R) 4 1-3 3.635.11-23.868/10ATLL6.0220-317.04.76
H. Bailey (R) 23 10-7 4.085.23-55.358/10@CHCW5.2941-114.09.00

Rookie right-hander Matt Harvey gets his first look at the Cincinnati Reds tonight when the New York Mets visit Great American Ball Park to wrap up a three-game series.

Harvey, a 23-year-old Connecticut native, was drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of high school but did not sign. He attended the University of North Carolina and was eventually selected seventh overall by the Mets in 2010.

He was 7-5 in 20 starts at Triple-A Buffalo to begin 2012 before the call-up to the majors, where he debuted on July 26 with 5 1/3 innings of scoreless three-hit ball in a 3-1 win at Arizona.

Three subsequent starts have yielded three straight losses to San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta, in which Harvey has yielded 14 hits and 10 runs in 17 innings of work.

Overall, he's limited big-league batters to a .205 average while walking 12 and striking out 26 in 22 1/3 innings.

The Reds send former first-round pick Homer Bailey to the mound with a chance to build on a career-high victory total.

A 26-year-old Texan selected seventh overall in 2004, Bailey had won eight games in 2009 and nine last season before finally getting to double-digits with a 10-6 defeat of the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 10.

Recap: Game 117 - Mets at Reds - Mets Fall to Leake in Cincy

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W: M. Leake (5-7) L: R. Dickey (15-4)
HR: NYM - None   CIN - S. Rolen (6),T. Frazier (15),J. Bruce (24)

Mike Leake tossed his second complete game of the season, Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back homers, and the Cincinnati Reds downed the New York Mets, 6-1, on Wednesday.

Cincinnati was coming off consecutive shutout victories and Leake (5-7) stretched the club's scoreless innings streak to 28 by retiring the first nine batters he faced.

In all, the 24-year-old righty gave up four hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk. He added an RBI single in the sixth inning.

"I was able to hit the glove a lot tonight," said Leake.

Jay Bruce led off that frame with his 24th homer of the season. Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick each drove in a run for the NL Central leaders, who have won five in a row and will look for the sweep of this three-game series on Thursday.

R.A. Dickey (15-4) was charged with five runs on 10 hits, including three homers, over six innings. He walked two and struck out nine.

Mike Baxter led off the fourth inning with the Mets' first hit -- a single to the right side of the infield which bounced off the glove of a sliding Phillips. Ruben Tejada followed with a bloop single to shallow right before Baxter crossed the plate on Daniel Murphy's double-play groundout.

New York has dropped seven of its last nine games.

"We haven't done much lately and I'm gonna find some guys," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Maybe it's time for some breaks for some guys."

Zack Cozart doubled twice and scored on Phillips' first-inning single for a 1-0 lead.

Bruce led off the fourth with a base hit, but was promptly picked off. Rolen, who missed the previous five games with a balky back, then sent the next offering from Dickey -- a fastball -- down the left-field line and into the seats.

"(Dickey) throws about 84 (miles per hour), which is about my bat speed," joked Rolen. "Anything over 90, I struggle with."

Two pitches later, Frazier uncorked a blast to center, making it 3-1.

The homer, which was estimated at 474 feet, extended the rookie's hit streak to six games. He finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

In the seventh, Ludwick plated Drew Stubbs with a base hit off of Jeremy Hefner to cap the scoring.

Game Notes

It was Leake's second career complete game. The other came on June 29 against the Giants ... Frazier leads NL rookies with 49 RBI this season ... The last time Dickey gave up five earned runs was in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves on July 14 ... Earlier Wednesday, the Mets activated catcher Kelly Shoppach and optioned catcher Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo. Shoppach was acquired in a trade with Boston on Tuesday.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Preview: Game 117 - Mets at Reds - Dickey goes for win number 16

New York Mets (55-61) at Cincinnati Reds (70-46) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Dickey (R) 23 15-3 2.726.08-22.788/9MIAW9.0512-123.01.17
M. Leake (R) 22 4-7 4.516.01-46.038/9@CHCND6.0630-113.27.90

The opener between the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets at Great American Ball Park was scoreless until the game's final pitch.

The Reds could again have some trouble offensively going up against R.A. Dickey, who seems to have returned to form following a rough patch.

The NL Central leaders hope to carry some momentum from a thrilling win into Wednesday night and prevent Dickey from becoming the majors' first 16-game winner.

Cincinnati and New York had left a total of 24 men on base and were a combined 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position Tuesday until Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Reds to a 3-0 win. It was the fourth win in a row for Cincinnati (70-46), which moved a season-high six games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh and improved to 26-8 since July 6.

"I don't think it's a ride," Bruce said of the team's surge, "I think this is how we're going to play. This team is great, and we've got a lot of good things coming."

Before looking too far ahead, though, the Reds will first try to keep Dickey (15-3, 2.72 ERA) from becoming the Mets' first 16-game winner since Johan Santana finished 16-7 in 2008.

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

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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:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Preview: Game 116 - Mets at Reds - Young vs Latos

New York Mets (55-60) at Cincinnati Reds (69-46) 7:10 PM ET
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C. Young (R) 12 3-6 4.875.13-34.868/8MIAL4.1771-215.18.22
M. Latos (R) 23 10-3 3.816.06-23.528/8@MILND7.0312-022.11.21

Right-hander Mat Latos aims for a fourth straight win for both himself and his team tonight when the Cincinnati Reds host the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, on Sunday to finish off a four-game series in which it had lost the opener on the heels of four straight previous losses to Pittsburgh (one) and Milwaukee (three).

The team's lead in the National League's Central Division race actually grew to five games on Monday, when the second-place Pirates lost to Los Angeles and the Reds were idle.

Latos, in his first year with Cincinnati after an offseason trade with San Diego, started the season with two losses and a bloated earned run average in his initial three starts but has since gone 10-1 and trimmed the ERA to a respectable 3.81.

He defeated Pittsburgh with 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball for his last win on Aug. 3, then got a tough-luck no-decision on Aug. 8 after going seven innings and allowing a run on three hits in Cincinnati's 3-2 loss at Milwaukee.

The lone loss since April came July 18 against Arizona, when he was chased after 4 2/3 innings in a game the Reds lost, 7-1.

In four career meetings with the Mets, Latos is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA.

He's opposed by veteran righty Chris Young, who makes his 12th start of the season and 152nd of his career since he was drafted by the Pirates in 2000.

The Dallas native debuted in the majors with the Texas Rangers in 2004, won 12 games for them in 2005 and 11 for San Diego the following season.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Recap : Game 105 - Mets at Reds - Mets hold on for the win

Final Score: New York 10, Cincinnati 9

Once again, Carlos Beltran's bat was not missed in the middle of the New York lineup.

On the day Beltran officially left the Mets in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each hit three-run doubles in a 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to complete a four-game sweep at Great American Ball Park.

The Mets banged out 11 hits, six for extra bases, in Wednesday's 8-2 win when the Beltran deal was first announced, and on Thursday were even more potent with 14 hits, although 11 were singles.

Bay finished 3-for-4 and Duda was 2-for-4, while David Wright and Angel Pagan each had three hits for New York, which built a 9-3 cushion after five innings and had to withstand a huge Cincinnati comeback.

The offense made a winner of Chris Capuano (9-10) for the first time since July 4. He had lost three straight starts and didn't pitch particularly well on Thursday, allowing six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (5-5) entered the contest with wins in his first two starts following the All-Star break. He had surrendered just three runs in 13 1/3 innings of those two outings, but on Thursday was roughed up for nine runs on 12 hits in four-plus innings.

Miguel Cairo belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer for the Reds, who had won three of four before the Mets reached town. Joey Votto doubled in a run and clubbed a solo homer, as 10 of Cincinnati's 13 hits went for extra bases.

"It's tough to get swept four games in your own park," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "They were hitting the ball a ton over there. They didn't miss any balls. They were hitting line drives."

New York erased a 2-1 deficit with four in the fourth. Daniel Murphy led off with a walk, Wright singled and Pagan reached on a bunt base hit to load the bases. After Bay struck out, Duda doubled into the right field corner to clear the bases and scored on a single to center by Josh Thole for a 5-2 edge.

The Reds got one back in the bottom of the inning when Todd Frazier doubled with two outs and raced home on a base hit by Bailey, but the pitcher couldn't get an out in the fifth when he went back out the mound.

Justin Turner led off with a base hit and Murphy drew a walk before another single by Wright loaded the bases. Pagan then knocked in one with a base hit and Bay followed with a double to chase home all three runners for a 9-3 cushion, ending Bailey's disastrous day.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Reds - Game 104 - No Beltran in Lineup!

It's Duda Time in RF!
Mets Starting Lineup vs Cincinnati - Game 104:
  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Harris-2B
  3. Murphy-1B
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Pagan-CF
  6. Bay-LF
  7. Duda-RF
  8. Paulino-C
  9. Pelfrey-RHP
Game Notes:
No Carlos Beltran in the Lineup (Traded to Giants), Duda will play right
Willie Harris will get the start at 2B, bat 2nd
Daniel Muprhy will bat 3rd and play 1B

Preview: Regular Season Game 104 - Mets at Reds

New York Mets (52-51) at Cincinnati Reds (50-53), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Mike Pelfrey (5-9, 4.73) Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (7-8, 5.56)

Towering right-hander Mike Pelfrey can make it three straight wins for New York in Cincinnati tonight when the Mets visit the host Reds in game three of a four-game matchup at Great American Ball Park.

A 6-foot-7, 230-pounder out of Wichita State, Pelfrey won his fifth game of the season at Los Angeles on July 5, tossing six shutout innings with five hits allowed in a 6-0 defeat of the Dodgers.

He's gone 0-2 in three starts since, allowing a combined 19 hits and 10 runs in 17 innings against San Francisco (loss), Philadelphia (loss) and Florida (no-decision).

Pelfrey has faced the Reds seven times in his career and won three times in five decisions while allowing 24 earned runs in 37 innings.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the series Tuesday, when Jason Pridie hit a go- ahead two-run double in the sixth and the Mets took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to down the Reds, 8-6.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Reds - Game 103

Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 103:
  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Murphy-1B
  6. Bay-LF
  7. Paulino-C
  8. Pridie-CF
  9. Niese-LHP
Game Notes:
Pagan out again, Pridie batting 8th and obviously playing CF.
Paulino doing the catching batting 7th.
Beltran still in the starting lineup..

Preview: Regular Season Game 103 - Mets at Reds

New York Mets (51-51) at Cincinnati Reds (50-52), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jon Niese (9-8, 3.76) Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (6-3, 1.98)

Dominican righty Johnny Cueto seeks his first career win against New York tonight when the Cincinnati Reds host the visiting Mets in the second contest of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

A winner of 38 decisions in 106 starts across three-plus big-league seasons, Cueto is winless in four tries against the Mets, going 0-2 with a bloated 8.14 earned run average in 21 innings of work. He's given up 30 hits and 19 runs in that stretch, while Mets batters have connected for a .333 batting average.

The 25-year-old has been lights-out against the rest of the league thus far in 2011, holding batters to a .198 average in 95 2/3 innings while winning six of nine decisions in 14 starts.

He earned his latest victory on July 20 at Pittsburgh, allowing four hits in six innings with four strikeouts while defeating the Pirates, 3-1.

In his last 10 starts, in which the Reds are 6-4, Cueto has allowed three runs or less and pitched at least six innings all 10 times.

Cincinnati is 9-5 in his 14 overall outings this season.

For the Mets, lefty Jon Niese can reach double-digit wins for the first time in his brief major-league career.

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