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Milledge, Perez lift Mets past Reds in series finale

Jul 15, 2007 - 10:12 PM FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Lastings Milledge's return to the major leagues has been successful so far. On Sunday, the youngster contributed to a positive return for Oliver Perez.

Milledge ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning and Perez pitched six effective frames as the New York Mets posted a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a four-game series.

In a turbulent 2006 rookie season, Milledge appeared in 56 games and batted .241. He made the team out of spring training this season but had three at-bats due to a crowded outfield and was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans, where he sprained his right foot shortly thereafter.

The injury prevented Milledge from replacing Moises Alou, who has been on the disabled list for nearly two months with a strained quad.

Instead, Carlos Gomez got the chance and performed decently. But when Gomez fractured a bone in his left hand on July 4, Milledge was needed and was promoted to the Mets prior to Thursday's series opener.

"It is (a little different than earlier this season)," Milledge said. "They're giving me a chance to play. I'll always wait for next week or so until Moises comes back. I'm going to take full advantage and see what happens."

"When you're playing well and getting big hits, that's the energy," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "Obviously, he's a young player with a lot of enthusiasm, but the bottom line is getting big hits and that's where the energy part comes in."

After scoring the go-ahead run Thursday and hitting the go-ahead single in the eighth inning on Saturday, Milledge capped a three-run second inning a day later with a double to right field that scored Carlos Delgado and Ramon Castro.

"I knew he was going to go away," said Milledge, who had five RBI in the series. "So I was thinking try to hit something out of the ballpark to the right side of the field. I was able to get a good pitch to drive, and that's what I did with it."

"I didn't get away with much," Reds starter Kyle Lohse said. "On Milledge, I knew he's looking hard away early and I just missed."

It proved to be enough for Perez (8-6), who was activated from the disabled list before the game. Perez had not pitched for the Mets since June 26 due to a back injury and struck out seven in a minor league rehab game on Tuesday.

On an 87-degree day, Perez allowed two runs and six hits. He struck out six, walked three and threw 62 of 95 pitches for strikes.

"I felt good," said Perez, who also added that his back is 100 percent. "I worked hard and it's real important to keep the team in the game. It's important coming back like that, and I felt real good."

"That was perfect," Randolph said. "(He threw) a great game coming back and picking us up. He didn't miss much of a beat and came in and got the job for us."

Pedro Feliciano worked a scoreless seventh, Aaron Heilman did the same in the eighth and Billy Wagner recorded his 20th save in 21 opportunities.

After allowing Adam Dunn's 25th home run, Perez had a four-run lead to work with when Jose Reyes homered to right in the fifth off Kyle Lohse (5-11). It was Reyes' sixth home run of the season and second of the series.

"When I hit a home run, I feel happy," Reyes said. "It doesn't happen too often."

The larger cushion proved valuable to Perez in the sixth. Cincinnati opened the frame with three straight singles and made it a three-run game on Brandon Phillips' RBI single, which brought up Dunn with runners on first and second.

Dunn made contact, but this time it stayed in the ballpark as he flied out to center field. Edwin Encarnacion and Pedro Lopez followed with flyouts, and the Reds never threatened again.

Lohse failed to win his third straight start as he allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Just nine days after firing a four-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Lohse became the third pitcher in the majors to reach 11 losses.

"The last time I saw him he was flawless," Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "He knows he made some mistakes with those pitches and he paid for them."

The Reds dropped to 6-4 since Mackanin took over for Jerry Narron two weeks ago.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
    NY METS 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 5 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - KYLE LOHSE, MIKE GOSLING (5TH), TODD COFFEY (6TH), JARED
    BURTON (7TH), JON COUTLANGUS (8TH) AND DAVID ROSS
    NYM - OLIVER PEREZ, PEDRO FELICIANO (7TH), AARON
    H

    Jul 15 3:57 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED NORRIS HOPPER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, J CONINE ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    NY METS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A DUNN (.257, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Reds vs. MetsJul 15 2:57 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSE REYES (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF KYLE LOHSE SCORED OLIVER PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, NY METS 5
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: R GOTAY (.345, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MetsJul 15 2:38 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (25) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF OLIVER PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, NY METS 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.264, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Reds vs. MetsJul 15 2:12 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LASTINGS MILLEDGE SCORED CARLOS DELGADO AND RAMON
    CASTRO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, L MILLEDGE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    NY METS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: O PEREZ (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Reds vs. MetsJul 15 1:49 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY RAMON CASTRO SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CASTRO ON SECOND, C DELGADO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    NY METS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D NEWHAN (.214, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

    Reds vs. MetsJul 15 1:48 PM
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