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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.