NEW YORK - JULY 06: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets follows through on a third inning home run against the Cincinnati Reds on July 6 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Santana Pitches, Hits Mets To 3-0 Victory Over Reds

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Mets' Santana Shuts Out Reds, Hits First Career Home Run

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Johan Santana pitched a brilliant three-hit shutout and also hit the first home run of his career to lead the New York Mets to a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Santana (6-5), who had lost three of his last four decisions, struck out five and issued three walks for the Mets, who evened this three-game series after losing Monday’s opener and in the process evened their record in July to 3-3. Jason Bay’s two-run single helped pace the New York offense.

Matt Maloney (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Louisville for the start and suffered the loss after he allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Aaron Harang was scheduled to start, but was instead placed on the 15-day disabled list due to lower back pain. The Reds lost for only the second time in their last seven games overall.

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Wright Honored As Player Of The Month

David Wright of the New York Mets has been named National League Player of the Month after hitting .404 in June.

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Umpires: 'We're Looking To Get It Right'

The umpiring crew in Monday night’s New York Mets-Cincinnati Reds game defended the controversial hit batsmen call in the fifth inning that changed the complexion of what became an 8-6 Mets’ loss.

The initial foul ball ruling Monday drew protests from Rolen and Reds Manager Dusty Baker. The reversed call forced in the run that gave Cincinnati a 2-1 lead and touched off an angry reaction by the Mets. Manager Jerry Manuel was ejected and Pelfrey gave up three straight run-scoring hits in a six-run inning.

It was hard to tell on replay whether the ball hit Rolen, but Iassogna, the second-base umpire, said he had the best view to make the call. Dale Scott, the crew chief, and Iassogna said reviewed the tape of the play before speaking with reporters Monday night and that showed they made the right call.

“The easy call would be to keep it the same,” Scott said. “We’re not looking to make the easy call; we’re looking to get it right.”

Right or wrong, I give the umps credit for stepping forward and explaining themselves. FIFA could learn a few things from that.

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Mets, Votto Both Trying To Move On

(Sports Network) - While the RedsJoey Votto said he has moved past not being selected for the National League All-Star team, there is little doubt he had some extra motivation when he homered twice in Monday's series opening win over New York.

The Mets, meanwhile, let their emotions impact them in a negative way in last night's loss.

New York will look to rebound tonight behind Johan Santana in the second contest of a three-game series versus Cincinnati at Citi Field.

Votto is among the league leaders with a .318 average, 21 homers and 59 runs batted in, but was not selected to the NL All-Star team on Sunday, though he is still eligible to make the club through the Final Vote competition.

"I've performed as well as I felt like I could perform through the first half. I didn't get picked for the All-Star team, and that's happened -- big deal," Votto said. "I've honestly moved past it, and now I'm hopeful for Thursday, and hopefully people give me a second chance and pick me for the All-Star team."

Votto made his case for selection on Monday, belting a pair of homers and scoring three runs in a wild 8-6 victory. His first-inning solo homer was the Reds' lone run through the first four innings, while the Mets had just Jason Bay's RBI single in the bottom of the frame.

However, the clubs combined for 11 runs in the fifth frame, six by the Reds. Scott Rolen got things started when he was called out on a foul-tip third strike with the bases loaded, though Rolen thought he was hit by the pitch. The umpires met and awarded Rolen first base, sparking the offensive explosion and leading to Mets manager Jerry Manuel's ejection.

"I saw the replay...There is no way it hit [Rolen's] forearm. I don't even think it was close. It was a tough call," said Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Regardless, the Reds have won five of six and 11 of their last 14 and hold a two-game lead over the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, while the Mets have lost two of three and still trail the first-place Braves by two games in the NL East.

Cincinnati has also now won three of four versus New York this season.

The Mets and Manuel turn to Santana, who is 3-0 with a 4.20 earned run average in six games (five starts) lifetime versus the Reds. However, the lefty is winless in his last three starts, following back-to-back losses with a no- decision against the Nationals on Thursday.

Santana held Washington to just one run over seven innings and was pulled by Manuel after just 97 pitches as his club went on to lose 2-1. The 31-year-old lowered his season ERA to 3.41 to go along with a 5-5 record.

"I didn't want him to go back through the middle of the order again," Manuel told New York's website. "Their guys had hit some pretty decent balls hard on him, and I wanted to get him out of there with a positive. I had no problem with that at all."

Travis Wood was set to make his second career start for the Reds tonight, but he moved up a day and pitched last night's game after Aaron Harang was a late scratch due to a sore back. Wood gave up five runs -- three earned -- over 4 2/3 innings of a no-decision.

Harang, meanwhile, hopes to go tonight instead after getting worked on by a chiropractor on Monday. He is 6-7 with a 5.02 ERA this year and is coming off a no-decision versus the Phillies on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of his team's 4-3 victory.

Harang, 32, is 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA in six career starts versus the Mets.

The Reds' shuffling of Harang could also alter New York's plans for the return of Jose Reyes, who has been out since last Wednesday due to a right oblique strain. The switch-hitting shortstop was to return to face the left-handed Wood because he could bat from the right side, but facing Harang would mean he would have to bat lefty, so the Mets could opt to sit him again tonight.

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