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Mets survive to top Reds

Apr 9, 2009 - 4:07 AM CINCINNATI (AP) -- The bases were loaded, the small crowd was on its feet screaming and the New York Mets were getting a familiar, haunting feeling.

For a few moments, it looked like 2008 all over again.

Instead of folding, the Mets pulled off a great escape on Wednesday night, making Carlos Delgado's homer and four RBI hold up for a 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that represented a clean break with their recent past.

"It wasn't pretty, it wasn't quick, but we got a win," Delgado said. "You have to find a way to win. Good teams do that."

The Mets couldn't do that last season. They failed to make the playoffs because of another September meltdown set up by their bullpen, which led the NL with 16 blown saves after the All-Star break. They acquired closers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez in the offseason and felt awfully good when the two of them closed out a 2-1 win in the season opener.

That one came on a raw, 37-degree afternoon that made it tough on the hitters. With temperatures in the 50s on a clear evening Wednesday, the offenses got going and the Mets found themselves sweating one out in the ninth.

Cincinnati loaded the bases with one out on a pair of walks and Delgado's error at first base. Rodriguez, who saved a record 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season, struck out Alex Gonzalez on a full-count fastball, then got Laynce Nix to fly out to the warning track in center field to end it.

Manager Jerry Manuel smiled about this close call, thinking back to all those times it didn't end so well last year.

"I ain't going through that anymore," he said. "I aged about 12 years last year."

Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first off Edinson Volquez (0-1), who had problems throwing strikes. The first baseman also drove in a run with a groundout and singled home another during a four-run seventh inning that made it 9-4.

Brian Schneider's three-run double - the hit skipped past stumbling right fielder Jay Bruce - completed the seventh-inning rally and left the outcome in the hands of a bullpen that was nearly perfect in the opener.

This time, there were meltdown memories all around.

Starter Mike Pelfrey (1-0) left after five innings with a 5-4 lead. The Reds scored twice in the seventh off Pedro Feliciano and made one final push against the Mets' closer tandem. Putz gave up a sacrifice fly by Chris Dickerson in the eighth, cutting it to 9-7, and Rodriguez improved to 2-for-2 in save chances with New York by getting that final flyout.

When the ball left the bat, Manuel thought it might be out of the park. His new closer wasn't so worried.

"That ball sounded like he hit it at the end of the bat," Rodriguez said. "I heard the sound. You know when a ball's going to leave the park."

Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds, including a three-run homer in the first off Pelfrey.

"It's frustrating, but I'm still very optimistic about our team," Votto said. "As good as their bullpen is, we made it uncomfortable for them at the end. We had some good at-bats. We just didn't get the big hit."

Volquez, the Reds' top winner and only All-Star last season, had trouble with his control in his final spring training appearance, and was wild again. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings and needed 107 pitches to get that far. Last year, Volquez tied a major league record by giving up no more than one earned run in each of his first eight starts.

"There was a lot of action out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was a weird night."

Notes: Gary Sheffield worked in the outfield before the game, getting ready to play eventually. Sheffield, who was Detroit's DH, was released last week and signed a one-year deal with the Mets. Manager Jerry Manuel said he could play as soon as this weekend. "We're just trying to get him into outfield shape more than anything else," Manuel said. ... Sheffield, who has 499 career homers, is available to pinch hit. He has one career pinch-hit homer, off former Reds reliever Jeff Brantley on July 20, 1994 in Cincinnati. ... Reds CF Willy Taveras was out of the lineup for the second game because of an illness. He pinch-hit and tripled off Putz in the eighth. ... Jerry Hairston Jr. started in center for the Reds but left the game an inning after he fouled a pitch off his lower left leg.






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    Mets 9, Reds 7  FinalApr 9 9:48 AM
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  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY METS 2 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 9 10 2
    CINCINNATI 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYM - MIKE PELFREY, ROBERT PARNELL (6TH), PEDRO FELICIANO (7TH),
    SEAN GREEN (7TH), J.J. PUTZ (8TH), FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (9TH)
    AND BRIAN SCHNEIDER
    CIN - EDINSON VOL

    Apr 8 11:07 PM
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    Mets 9, Reds 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 8 10:59 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CHRIS DICKERSON SCORED WILLY TAVERAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 9
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VOTTO (.571, 3-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Mets 9, Reds 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 8 10:38 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED JAY BRUCE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, E ENCARNACION ON
    THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 9
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A GONZALEZ (.000, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Mets 9, Reds 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 10:18 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JAY BRUCE SCORED JOEY VOTTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BRUCE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 9
    CINCINNATI 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.000, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mets 9, Reds 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 10:14 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER SCORED CARLOS DELGADO, CARLOS
    BELTRAN AND RYAN CHURCH.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B SCHNEIDER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 9
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: L CASTILLO (.200, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mets 9, Reds 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 8 10:02 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS DELGADO SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DELGADO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 6
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C BELTRAN (.429, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Mets 6, Reds 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 8 9:56 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS BELTRAN SCORED DANIEL MURPHY AND DAVID
    WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C BELTRAN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 5
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: R CHURCH (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Mets 5, Reds 4  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:10 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CARLOS DELGADO SCORED JOSE REYES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D WRIGHT ON SECOND, D MURPHY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 3
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C BELTRAN (.333, 1-FOR-2)

    Mets 3, Reds 4  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:08 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED BRANDON
    PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R HERNANDEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 2
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A GONZALEZ (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Mets 2, Reds 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 8 7:48 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JOEY VOTTO (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF MIKE PELFREY SCORED JERRY HAIRSTON JR. AND CHRIS
    DICKERSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 2, CINCINNATI 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.000, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Mets 2, Reds 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 8 7:36 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYM - MIKE PELFREY
    CIN - EDINSON VOLQUEZ

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAIRSTON JR. (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    C DICKERSON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J VOTTO (.333

    Mets 2, Reds 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 8 7:26 PM