By RICK FREEMAN AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Todd Frazier homered twice, Brandon Phillips hit
a tying single off Jon Rauch in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds
beat the New York Mets 6-3 Wednesday night.
Pinch-hitter Jay Bruce drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice
fly one out after the Reds put together three straight hits off
Rauch (3-2), ending with Phillips’ single. Rauch retired Chris
Heisey on a popup before left-hander Tim Byrdak came on to face the
lefty-hitting Bruce. After that, D.J. Carrasco came on and gave up
Frazier’s second homer on his first pitch.
The night before, Carrasco hit Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun with a
pitch, prompting manager Terry Collins to take David Wright out of
a game in which the Mets trailed 8-0, to avoid retaliation. Wright
and his manager had an animated discussion in the dugout about it,
but said everything was fine on Wednesday.
Jose Arredondo (3-1) pitched a perfect inning of relief for the
Reds. Sean Marshall gave up a hit in the ninth but finished for his
Mike Leake struck out a season-high five in six innings for the
Ike Davis snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a go-ahead double in the
sixth inning, but the Mets’ bullpen coughed up the lead for the
ninth time in 20 chances this year, sending New York to its third
loss in four games and giving starter Johan Santana his fifth
no-decision in eight starts.
Frazier hit a solo homer off Santana in the top of the seventh
after the Mets took a 3-1 lead. Bobby Parnell came on with two outs
to strike out Zack Cozart with a runner on second. Parnell, who
hasn’t allowed an earned run in more than eight innings, didn’t
come back out for the eighth.
Leake remained winless in seven starts. He looked shaky early,
but held the Mets to a run through six innings until first baseman
Joey Votto’s error opened the door.
After Lucas Duda’s leadoff single, Votto fielded Daniel Murphy’s
grounder and attempted to start a double play with an underhand
fling in the general direction of second base while falling down.
The ball went way into left field, and runners were safe on the
corners. Davis then hit the first pitch from his former Arizona
State teammate down the line for an RBI double.
Mike Nickeas laid down a successful squeeze bunt and Murphy
sprinted home. Santana, who had thrown 95 pitches to that point,
batted with two outs. He popped up and came out to pitch the top of
Duda hit a tying single in the third to bring up Murphy, who
grounded out to end the first with two runners on. Against Leake,
who had struggled to throw strikes and was coming off the shortest
start of his career, Murphy and Davis each flied out on the first
Leake singled with two outs in the third and motored home on
Zack Cozart’s double into the left field corner. He just beat the
relay throw from Wright, the third baseman, sliding in ahead of
Nickeas’ tag. His momentum caused him to pop to his feet, and then
he stumbled and plopped gently face down on the Mets logo behind
the plate, where he remained for a beat before he stood up,
NOTES: Leake had two hits, giving him 31 over the last three
seasons. Only Yovani Gallardo, with 32, has more. … Muprhy’s
11-game hitting streak came to an end. … Major League Baseball
announced that the 2013 All-Star game will be hosted by the New
York Mets at Citi Field on July 16. The Mets last hosted the
All-Stars in 1964. … The Reds visited Citi Field for a two-game
series, before remaining in New York for the weekend to play the
Yankees. They’re the first team to play both New York teams in the
same trip since interleague play began. Other teams have previously
doubled up on the White Sox and Cubs, Angels and Dodgers, and
Athletics and Giants. … Mets C Josh Thole (concussion) was
cleared to begin non-baseball exercises. … Reds OF Jay Bruce,
hitting .300 with 10 HRs and 26 RBIs, was given a day to rest by
manager Dusty Baker. The Reds played the sixth game of 20 straight
on Wednesday night. … Mets LF Mike Baxter made a diving catch on
Cozart in the fifth to take away extra bases. … Wednesday was the
52nd birthday of Cincinnati bullpen coach Porky Lopez.
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