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Perez, Beltran pace Mets past Reds

May 11, 2008 - 9:58 PM By Larry Fleisher PA Sports Ticker Contributing Writer

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - Oliver Perez experienced little difficulty getting through five innings. The sixth was another story, but his teammates provided him with enough of a cushion.

Perez picked up his first win in nearly a month while Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church hit back-to-back home runs as the Mets held off the Cincinnati Reds, 8-3, in the rubber game of a three-game series Sunday.

Perez (3-3) turned in one of his better outings of the season, allowing three runs and three hits in six innings. He gave up just one hit and no runs through five innings before struggling in his final frame.

"He has to continue to get better," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He pitched well today and he had a real good curveball and I thought he mixed it in well with some of the other pitches. Overall, I thought it was another positive outing."

"He was nails in the first five innings," New York first baseman Carlos Delgado added. "It was good. It was a good performance. We want him pitching like he's capable of doing."

Perez picked up his ninth career victory over the Reds - with most of those coming when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also turned in a decent performance after allowing a combined 17 runs and 14 hits in just 13 1/3 innings spanning his last three starts.

The good news for Perez and the Mets is that the offense gave him a 6-0 lead, which enabled the Reds to only halve the deficit with their three runs in the sixth.

"I'm getting more comfortable and hitters, they've started hitting like both Carloses (Beltran and Delgado)," said Perez, who tied a season high with eight strikeouts and also walked four. "That's what we need and for starters we need to keep the team in the game."

Trouble started for Perez when he issued a leadoff walk to Ken Griffey Jr. The Reds could have had another runner, but Church made a nice running catch against the right-field wall in foul territory, retiring Brandon Phillips.

Edwin Encarnacion followed with a double to left and Adam Dunn broke up the shutout with a sacrifice fly. Jeff Keppinger lined an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch, but Perez avoided further damage by retiring Paul Bako.

"There's no way of totally figuring (Perez) out," Randolph said. "That's just the way he goes out and plays. His stuff is good but it's like someone trying to harness a lot of that talent. The thing about Oliver is he competes, no matter what. He might drive you a little nuts every once in a while, but he competes."

The Mets put together a pair of three-run innings off rookie Johnny Cueto (2-4) in the first and fifth. Beltran and Moises Alou had RBI doubles in the first before New York was held to just one hit through the next three frames.

Luis Castillo, who was lifted with left quad discomfort in the sixth, led off the fifth with an infield single. With one out, Beltran drove a 1-2 slider over the right field fence for his third home run and first since April 24 at Washington.

"That particular at-bat, I was looking for a slider," Beltran said. "I got it in the middle of the plate and I was able to hit it."

Three pitches later, Church crushed a 1-1 pitch over the right-center field fence to make it 6-0.

Damion Easley and David Wright added RBI singles in the sixth for the Mets, who have scored 32 runs in their last three wins and have also collected 54 hits in their last five contests.

Cueto lasted just 4 2/3 innings and was reached for six runs and eight hits.

"He was throwing the ball hard but he was throwing down the middle of the plate," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Some Latin players have family here and they want to perform well and that was his first time pitching in New York.

"A lot of time when you don't locate and you have good velocity, it's adrenaline. They jumped on him so quick, he didn't have time to settle down."

The Reds lost for the 11th time in their last 17 games and prolonged their latest loss when they batted out of order in the ninth following a double switch.

Backup catcher David Ross came to the plate, instead eighth-place hitter Corey Patterson and when Randolph informed the umpires, it resulted in a lengthy and confusing delay.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 0
    NY METS 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 x 8 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - JOHNNY CUETO, BILL BRAY (5TH), JARED BURTON (6TH), JEREMY
    AFFELDT (7TH), DAVID WEATHERS (8TH) AND PAUL BAKO, DAVID ROSS
    (6TH)
    NYM - OLIVER PEREZ, SCOTT SCHOE

    May 11 4:21 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID WRIGHT SCORED DAMION EASLEY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D WRIGHT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    NY METS 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C BELTRAN (.244, 2-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Reds 3, Mets 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 3:17 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAMION EASLEY SCORED JOSE REYES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D EASLEY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    NY METS 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D WRIGHT (.267, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Reds 3, Mets 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 3:13 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY OLIVER PEREZ ALLOWED JEFF KEPPINGER TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    NY METS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: P BAKO (.312, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 3, Mets 6  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 11 3:01 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JEFF KEPPINGER SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KEPPINGER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    NY METS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: P BAKO (.312, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 2, Mets 6  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 11 2:58 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM DUNN SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E ENCARNACION ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    NY METS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J KEPPINGER (.321, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Reds 1, Mets 6  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 11 2:55 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN CHURCH (7) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF JOHNNY CUETO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, NY METS 6
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ALOU (.318, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Reds 0, Mets 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 2:41 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS BELTRAN (3) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF JOHNNY CUETO SCORED LUIS CASTILLO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, NY METS 5
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: R CHURCH (.318, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 0, Mets 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 2:39 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY MOISES ALOU SCORED CARLOS BELTRAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ALOU ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    NY METS 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C DELGADO (.234, 5 HR, 17 RBI)

    Reds 0, Mets 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 1:31 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS BELTRAN SCORED LUIS CASTILLO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C BELTRAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    NY METS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: R CHURCH (.323, 6 HR, 25 RBI)

    Reds 0, Mets 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 1:29 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY LUIS CASTILLO SCORED JOSE REYES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L CASTILLO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    NY METS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D WRIGHT (.271, 6 HR, 30 RBI)

    Reds 0, Mets 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 1:24 PM
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