8 - 6 Final
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Pridie helps Mets edge Reds

Jul 27, 2011 - 7:39 AM Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Pridie hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth and the Mets took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to down the 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.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, the Reds traded Gomes and cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for pitching and outfield prospects Chris Manno and Bill Rhinehart, respectively...The Mets are 30-25 on the road this season. They won a total of 32 road games in 2010...Wright has had multiple hit games in four of five contests since returning from the DL on Friday...Reyes has scored at least one run in eight straight games. The Mets are 34-21 when Reyes scores a run.

  • NEW YORK: 8

    Jul 26 10:37 PM

  • Pinch-hitter Fred Lewis singled to center scoring Chris Heisey. Runner on first with two outs and Drew Stubbs due up.

    Mets 8, Reds 6  Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 26 10:14 PM

  • Bill Bray enters the game for the Reds with the bases loaded and two outs.

    Mets 8, Reds 5  Top 7, 2 OutsJul 26 9:39 PM

  • Daniel Murphy singled to center scoring Carlos Beltran. On the play, David Wright advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Jason Bay due up.

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  • Joey Votto one-out, two-run Home Run (14) to left scored Edgar Renteria. Brandon Phillips is due up.

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  • Edgar Renteria doubled to right scoring Ramon Hernandez and Drew Stubbs. Runner on second with one out and Joey Votto due up.

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  • Jason Bay sacrifice fly to center scored Carlos Beltran. On the play, Daniel Murphy advances to second and David Wright advances to third. Runners on second and third and with two outs and Ronny Paulino due up.

    Mets 4, Reds 0  Top 3, 2 OutsJul 26 8:06 PM

  • Carlos Beltran singled to short scoring Jose Reyes. On the play, Justin Turner was tagged out at third from short to third. Runner on first with one out and David Wright due up.

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  • Daniel Murphy singled off right to center scoring Carlos Beltran. Runner on first with two outs and Jason Bay due up.

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  • David Wright's groundout from short to first scored Justin Turner. On the play, Carlos Beltran advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Daniel Murphy due up.

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