Mets Sweep Reds With Wild 10-9 Win

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Mets-Reds Score: Jason Bay, Lucas Duda Lead Mets To 10-9 Win, Four-Game Sweep

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - 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 only 10 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.


Final - 7.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 10 14 0
Cincinnati Reds 2 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 9 13 1
WP: Chris Capuano (9 - 10)
SV: Jason Isringhausen (4)
LP: Homer Bailey (5 - 5)

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New York Mets At Cincinnati Reds: Mets Looking For Rare Road Sweep

(Sports Network) - Though he will have to do it without Carlos Beltran's help, skidding southpaw Chris Capuano can pitch the New York Mets to an unlikely road sweep today when they visit the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a four- game series at Great American Ball Park.

The Mets shook off any ill effects of the pending Beltran trade in Wednesday's game, when Mike Pelfrey went the distance and received plenty of support in an 8-2 victory.

Pelfrey (6-9) surrendered two runs on seven hits to record his second complete game of the season.

Beltran, who has a no-trade clause, was not in the lineup and reports indicate he is on his way to the Giants. But New York appeared galvanized. David Wright belted a three-run homer, Lucas Duda added a solo shot, Angel Pagan had two RBI and Murphy went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

While the deal has yet to be officially announced, Wright seemed resigned to the fact that Beltran is all but headed to the Giants.

"We've obviously traded one of our best players, but there are still games to be played," Wright said after Wednesday's win.

Bronson Arroyo (7-9) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks over six innings.

Joey Votto hit his second home run in as many nights and Jay Bruce had a triple for the Reds.

Capuano is seeking an end to a three-game losing streak, which began after the 32-year-old defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2, on July 4 for a third straight victory.

He followed up with losses to San Diego and a pair to Florida, allowing 17 hits and 10 runs in 19 2/3 innings.

He's 2-3 in 13 games against the Reds -- including 10 starts -- with a 4.85 earned run average across 68 2/3 innings.

The 1999 draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks hasn't won as many as nine games in a season since 2006, when he won 11.

Texas-born righty Homer Bailey aims for a third straight victory for the Reds.

The former first-round draft pick -- No. 7 overall in 2004 -- downed Atlanta and St. Louis in his two most recent starts and gave up a combined three runs on eight hits in 13 1/3 innings.

He's 5-4 in his last 10 starts, in which Cincinnati has gone 5-5.

Bailey has never faced the Mets in 66 career starts.

The Reds took four of six from the Mets last year.

 


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New York Mets
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Chris Capuano vs Homer Bailey

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

 

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Mets-Reds Score: Mike Pelfrey Tosses Complete Game In 8-2 Victory

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mike Pelfrey went the distance and received plenty of support as the Carlos Beltran-less Mets downed the Cincinnati Reds 8-2.

Pelfrey (6-9) surrendered two runs on seven hits to record his second complete game of the season.

"That's as good as I've seen him," Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy said of Pelfrey. "When he's throwing the ball like that, that's fun to play behind."

Beltran was not in the lineup and reports indicate that he has been traded to the Giants, but New York, which will seek a four-game sweep on Thursday, appeared galvanized. David Wright belted a three-run homer, Lucas Duda added a solo shot, Angel Pagan had two RBI and Murphy went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Bronson Arroyo (7-9) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks over six innings.

Joey Votto hit his second home run in as many nights and Jay Bruce had a triple for the Reds.

Despite the absence of Beltran, the Mets' bats were alive early as they pushed two across in the top of the first.

Jose Reyes and Wright singled around a Willie Harris strikeout and a Murphy flyout. They advanced on a passed ball and crossed the plate on Pagan's double down the right field line.

"They got a big two-out hit from Pagan and we didn't get a whole lot going," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.

Votto belted an opposite field solo shot in the fourth to put the Reds on the board.

A half-inning later, with Harris and Reyes on first and third, respectively, Murphy ripped a sinking liner to right. Bruce charged and dove, but the ball went under his glove, allowing Reyes to score and Murphy to reach second. Wright's subsequent sac fly plated Harris.

Duda padded the Mets' lead with a leadoff shot in the sixth and Wright added a three-run blast an inning later to put the game away.

Bruce tripled and scored on Chris Heisey's sac fly in the home half, but the run proved moot.

"We obviously traded one of our best players," said Wright. "But there are still games to be played and there's still games where we need to go out there and play well to win. We were able to do that tonight."

Game Notes

Prior to the game, the Mets reportedly dealt Beltran and cash considerations to the Giants in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The deal is pending approval from both Beltran and major league baseball...The Mets are 31-25 on the road this season. They won a total of 32 road games in 2010...Reyes has scored at least one run in nine straight games. The Mets are 35-21 this season when Reyes scores a run...Wright is 12-for-28 with two home runs and 11 RBI since returning from the DL on Friday...The Reds were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

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Mets-Reds Score: New York Earns 8-6 Victory

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Pridie hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth and the New York Mets took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to down the Cincinnati Reds, 8-6.

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Mets, who have taken the first two contests of this four-game series.

Jon Niese (10-8) earned the win despite surrendering five runs in as many innings.

Tim Byrdak retired one batter in the ninth to record his first save since July 25, 2007.

"It's gratifying to grind it out with all the ups and downs," Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak said.

Let down by his defense, Johnny Cueto (6-4) allowed six unearned runs on seven hits over five-plus innings to suffer the loss.

Joey Votto belted a two-run homer.

The Reds, whose three errors matched a season-high, were flawed from the start.

Justin Turner reached with a one-out double in the first, and Carlos Beltran followed with a soft line drive to Votto, who failed to see the ball into his glove, putting runners on the corners. Turner scored on David Wright's groundout before Murphy lifted a fly ball to right. Drew Stubbs was in position, but failed to make the basket catch as Beltran crossed the plate. Murphy was credited with a hit.

In the third, Jose Reyes reached on an error by Brandon Phillips before Turner's single placed runners on the corners. Beltran then plated Reyes with a single, but Turner was cut down trying to take third.

Wright followed with a base hit and Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Bay's sacrifice fly to center scored Beltran and gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.

"[Cueto] was throwing the ball pretty good, but they batted around twice before we batted around once," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Phillips singled in the fourth, stole second and crossed the plate on Chris Heisey's base hit. Heisey was a late addition to the lineup after the Reds traded Jonny Gomes to the Nationals prior to the game.

Ramon Hernandez and Stubbs reached in the home fifth and Edgar Renteria pushed them both across with a double down the line in right.

The Reds grabbed the lead one batter later on Votto's opposite field homer.

The advantage was short-lived, however, as Cincinnati again hurt itself with errors.

Bay began the sixth with a walk before Ronny Paulino slapped a tailor-made double-play ball to Miguel Cairo. Instead of turning two, Cairo attempted to play the ball off to his side and allowed it to roll into the outfield. Pridie took advantage, scoring Bay and Paulino with double to right.

Hernandez reached with a two-out single in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso doubled down the right field line, but Hernandez -- more akin to a turtle than a jackrabbit -- was held at third.

Manny Acosta, who spelled Niese to begin the frame, put down Stubbs on strikes to escape.

Murphy and Angel Pagan added insurance in the seventh. Murphy's base hit scored Beltran and, later in the frame, Pagan scored Murphy with a bases- loaded, pinch-hit blooper to center.


Final - 7.26.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 8 12 1
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 6 12 3
WP: Jon Niese (10 - 8)
SV: Tim Byrdak (1)
LP: Johnny Cueto (6 - 4)

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