CINCINNATI (AP) _ Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each drove in three
runs with bases-loaded doubles and the Mets held off the reeling
Reds for a 10-9 victory Thursday that gave New York its first ever
four-game sweep in Cincinnati.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy both completed red-hot series and
Chris Capuano (9-10) snapped a three-start losing streak for the
Wright went 3 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games
(15 for 33, .455) since coming off the disabled list on July 22. He
was 9 for 19 with five RBIs in the series.
Murphy, who went into the game ranked third in NL in hitting
with a .319 average, went 1 for 3 and scored three runs to finish
the series 10 for 17 with five RBIs.
Capuano allowed eight hits and six runs with three walks and
four strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings. He also had a wild pitch. Jason
Isringhausen earned his fourth save despite allowing Joey Votto’s
16th homer of the season leading off the ninth.
The Reds (50-55), the 2010 Central Division champions, fell five
games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2009 season
with a 78-84 record.
Wright drove in Murphy from second with a single to give New
York a 1-0 lead in the first. Drew Stubbs led off the bottom of the
first with a walk, and the Reds grabbed a 2-1 lead with
back-to-back one-out doubles by Votto and Brandon Phillips.
Duda, who’s expected to get most of the playing time in right
field following New York’s trade of Carlos Beltran to San
Francisco, gave the Mets a 4-2 lead with a three-run double down
the right-field line with one out in the fourth inning after Bay
struck out. Josh Thole followed with an RBI single to right.
One inning later, it was Bay’s turn to deliver a three-run
double up the right-center field gap as New York scored four runs
for the second consecutive inning and opened up a 9-3 lead. Bay
finished with three hits after going 0 for 8 in the previous two
Bay’s shot knocked Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey out of the
game. Bailey (5-5), who’d won his last two starts, set a
single-game career high by allowing nine earned runs and tied his
career high for runs allowed, also with nine. The Mets collected 12
hits with two walks and two strikeouts against the right-hander,
who faced five batters without getting an out in the fifth.
The Reds knocked Capuano out of the game during a four-run
sixth, three on Miguel Cairo’s second career pinch homer, off
reliever Manny Acosta. They added a run in the seventh on
back-to-back doubles by Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce.
Notes: The trade of Beltran to the Giants for minor league
pitching prospect Zack Wheeler became official at 11:40 a.m. EDT.
The Mets recalled C Mike Nickeas from Triple-A Buffalo to fill
Beltran’s roster spot. … Votto is 6 for 13 with two doubles and
three home runs in three games since getting a day off, except to
pinch-hit, on Monday. … Reds 2B Brandon Phillips needs one RBI to
reach 500 for his career. … The Mets second 10-game road trip of
the season continues Friday with the start of a three-game series
at Florida. … The Reds hit eight doubles in a game for the first
time since Aug. 26, 2001, at Montreal.
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