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Casey's pair of two-run homers lift Reds over Mets

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NEW YORK -- Sean Casey knows he's a long way from catching teammate Ken Griffey Jr. on the career home run chart.

Casey quickly made up some ground with a big game Wednesday night, though.

The Cincinnati first baseman hit his second two-run homer of the game in the 12th inning and matched a career high with five hits, sending the Reds to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets.

"You don't want to play until 11 o'clock and walk away with a loss," Casey said. "We haven't been playing too well on the road, so this was huge for us."

Griffey went 0-for-5 with a walk in his second game since hitting his 500th homer, but Casey carried the offense. He homered off Jae Seo in the first inning, then sent an 0-1 pitch from John Franco into the right-field bullpen in the 12th for his 100th career homer.

"I'm only 400 behind, so that'll take me about another 35 years. One hundred is pretty good, so I guess I can tell my kids about that," Casey said. "It's taken me 6½ years to get to 100, so you do the math."

Wily Mo Pena and D'Angelo Jimenez also connected for the Reds, who snapped New York's season-high winning streak at five games. They blew a 4-0 lead but still managed to win for only the second time in 12 road games.

New York's Mike Piazza doubled leading off the eighth and scored on Richard Hidalgo's RBI single against Todd Jones, tying it at 4.

With two outs in the 12th, Juan Castro doubled off Franco (1-4), bringing Casey to the plate with an open base and Griffey on deck. Mets manager Art Howe went out to the mound to talk to Franco, and they decided to go after Casey.

"I said I had decent success with him," Franco said. "Last night I pitched and got him out. Tonight I just got it a little low. I made a bad pitch."

Casey finished 5-for-6 with three singles, raising his batting average 10 points to .361.

"Unbelievable. You can't stop that guy," Reds reliever Danny Graves said. "I think he went two games without a hit, so he was due to break out sometime soon. When he's on, you can pretty much throw anything up there and you can't get him out."

Mike Matthews (2-1) pitched a hitless 11th, and Graves got three outs for his 28th save in 35 chances. John Riedling got out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the ninth.

"We had our opportunities to put them away," Howe said. "It was our game to be had, but it slipped away from us."

Griffey did make a key defensive play to help Cincinnati.

He started a strong relay to cut down Kaz Matsui at the plate in the fifth. Matsui held up too long at second base waiting to see if Griffey could catch Piazza's shot off the center-field fence.

"With one out, unless you know he's going to catch the ball, you should go halfway," Howe said.

Jose Reyes was left at second, and Piazza wound up with a long single. Cliff Floyd followed with an RBI single, cutting it to 4-3.

Casey's homer in the first gave him 500 career RBI. He had his seventh multihomer game, three this season.

"Oh yeah, this is a common occurrence for me," Casey joked. "This is probably one of the best nights I've ever had in my career."

Pena hit his sixth home run to right-center on the first pitch of the second. Two outs later, Jimenez sent a 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence, drawing boos from the crowd of 32,423.

Reyes hit an RBI double with two outs in the third and scored on Piazza's single, cutting it to 4-2.

Gold Glove center fielder Mike Cameron made probably his best play as a Met, diving in left-center to rob Pena of extra bases in the fourth.

Reds starter Todd Van Poppel gave up eight hits in five innings and left with a 4-3 lead. But the bullpen cost him a win for the third time in his last five starts.

Seo allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

Notes

  • Casey also got five hits on June 6, 1999, at Kansas City.
  • With the Mets out of position players, RHP Steve Trachsel pinch hit in the 11th and grounded out.
  • With the shift on, New York turned a 6-5-3 double play against Griffey in the third.
  • Matsui snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a soft single in the fifth.
  • Van Poppel has not lost in five starts since May 26 against Florida.
  • Mets OF Karim Garcia went to Baltimore to seek a second opinion on his sore left wrist and could wind up on the disabled list.
  • Two of New York's injured relievers, RHP Orber Moreno and RHP Scott Strickland, struggled in rehab outings for Class-A St. Lucie.


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Sean Casey's fifth hit of the game -- and second homer -- leaves Shea Stadium in the 12th inning.
Sean Casey's fifth hit of the game -- and second homer -- leaves Shea Stadium in the 12th inning.(AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Piazza
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

S. Casey
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Cincinnati Reds
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B6121002 .256
Juan Castro, SS6220012 .297
Sean Casey, 1B6254000 .361
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5000103 .254
Adam Dunn, LF5000022 .257
Jason LaRue, C5000012 .229
Wily Mo Pena, RF5121020 .271
    Mike Matthews, P0000000 .000
    Danny Graves, P0000000 .000
Tim Hummel, 3B5020011 .295
Todd Van Poppel, P2000011 .143
    Gabe White, P0000000 .000
   a- Jermaine Clark, PH1000000 .130
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
   b- Jacob Cruz, PH1010000 .277
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Freel, RF1000000 .249
Totals4861461813 
a-grounded out for G. White in the 7th
b-singled for T. Jones in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Castro (7, Franco)
HR - D'Angelo Jimenez (4, Seo), Sean Casey 2 (15, Seo, Franco), Wily Mo Pena (6, Seo)
RBI - D'Angelo Jimenez (22), Sean Casey 4 (54), Wily Mo Pena (16)
2-OUT RBI - D'Angelo Jimenez (8), Sean Casey 2 (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1
DP - Casey-Castro, Graves-Castro-Casey
E - Jason LaRue (7, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Todd Van Poppel 5833110 4.60
Gabe White (H,4) 1000010 7.43
Todd Jones (BS,4) 2211000 3.56
John Riedling 2200120 3.86
Mike Matthews (W,2-1) 1000100 3.45
Danny Graves (S,28) 1100000 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Van Poppel 86-57, Gabe White 12-9, Todd Jones 35-20, John Riedling 26-15, Mike Matthews 19-10, Danny Graves 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Van Poppel 6-7, Gabe White 1-1, Todd Jones 2-3, John Riedling 3-0, Mike Matthews 2-1, Danny Graves 2-0
Batters Faced - Todd Van Poppel 23, Gabe White 3, Todd Jones 7, John Riedling 8, Mike Matthews 4, Danny Graves 3
New York Mets
Kaz Matsui, SS6020012 .253
Jose Reyes, 2B5211103 .118
Mike Piazza, C5131102 .312
Cliff Floyd, LF5011003 .282
Richard Hidalgo, RF5021012 .256
Mike Cameron, CF5000022 .218
Ty Wigginton, 3B4020102 .274
Eric Valent, 1B2110001 .250
   a- Todd Zeile, PH-1B2000001 .243
    Joe McEwing, PR-1B1000001 .211
Jae Weong Seo, P0000000 .200
   b- Gerald Williams, PH1000000 .294
    Jose Parra, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Spencer, PH1000000 .303
    Mike Stanton, P00000001.000
    Ricky Bottalico, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Phillips, PH1010000 .218
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
   e- Steve Trachsel, PH1000001 .200
    John Franco, P0000000 .000
Totals4441343420 
a-grounded out for Valent in the 6th
b-grounded out for Seo in the 5th
c-grounded out for Parra in the 7th
d-singled for Bottalico in the 9th
e-grounded out for Looper in the 11th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (1, Van Poppel), Mike Piazza (15, T. Jones), Richard Hidalgo (16, Van Poppel)
SH - Jae Weong Seo (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (2), Mike Piazza (36), Cliff Floyd (27), Richard Hidalgo (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (1), Mike Piazza (16), Cliff Floyd (10)
CS - Richard Hidalgo (3, 2nd base by T. Jones/LaRue)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Richard Hidalgo 1
DP - Matsui-Wigginton-Valent
New York Mets
Jae Weong Seo 5844113 4.84
Jose Parra 2100010 0.00
Mike Stanton 0.2100010 3.29
Ricky Bottalico 1.1200020 1.90
Braden Looper 2000030 1.70
John Franco (L,1-4) 1222001 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - Jae Weong Seo 82-52, Jose Parra 25-17, Mike Stanton 12-8, Ricky Bottalico 16-12, Braden Looper 30-21, John Franco 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jae Weong Seo 7-5, Jose Parra 2-3, Braden Looper 1-2, John Franco 1-2
Batters Faced - Jae Weong Seo 22, Jose Parra 7, Mike Stanton 3, Ricky Bottalico 6, Braden Looper 6, John Franco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32423
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Mike Everitt