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Cincinnati at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: S. Trachsel (5-4) L: E. Ramirez (2-6)
HR: CIN - None   NYM - C. Delgado (20), S. Trachsel (1), X. Nady (10), X. Nady (11)

Mets 9, Reds 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Xavier Nady is happy to be off his couch and hitting homers for the New York Mets again.

Nady hit two of the Mets' four homers in a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. It was just the second game for Nady since he had an appendectomy on May 30.

"It's nice to get back," he said. "The first two at-bats, I felt I made some adjustments in my swing and my leg kick, maybe spread out a little more and got started a little earlier.

"Being out because of your health, it's not fun on the couch, wondering when you'll get back, wondering why it happened."

Steve Trachsel pitched six effective innings and hit the third home run of his career, and Carlos Delgado added a two-run homer for his 20th drive of the season.

"It was good to see," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "Trachsel's not a bad hitting pitcher and Nady's had big hits all year. It's good to have him going again, good to have him back in the lineup."

Trachsel (5-4) won his third straight decision, allowing six hits. He weakened in the seventh inning, giving up hits to Austin Kearns and Brandon Phillips sandwiched around a walk to load the bases with none out.

Duaner Sanchez relieved for New York and allowed a sacrifice fly to Javier Valentin to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2, but then got pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia to hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Mets then broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the seventh as Nady hit a two-run drive for his 10th homer and Paul Lo Duca drove in two more with his second double.

"I just stink," said Reds reliever David Weathers, who allowed Nady's seventh-inning homer. "I tried to throw a sinker and it was as straight as uncooked pasta. The last three or four times out, everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. You can't sugarcoat it. I just stink."

Nady added a solo drive in the eighth for the Mets' final run.

Trachsel homered against Elizardo Ramirez (2-6) in the fifth inning, sending a 3-2 pitch an estimated 370 feet off the loge facade in left field. It came on the eighth pitch of the at-bat and was the first home run by a Mets pitcher since Shawn Estes hit one against Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees on June 15, 2002.

"The home run was just a fluke," he said. "It was nice because I actually saw it."

The Mets jumped ahead against Ramirez in the first inning.

Jose Reyes and Lo Duca opened with consecutive doubles and Delgado homered one out later for a 3-0 lead. It was the 11th time in the last 13 games that New York has scored in the first inning.

The home run was the 389th of Delgado's career, tying him with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for 47th place on the career list.

Cincinnati scored in the fifth when Phillips led off with a double, moved to third on Valentin's flyball and scored on a groundout by Ramirez.


  • Both Valentin brothers started, C Javier for Reds, 2B Jose for Mets. Javier tagged Jose out at home on an attempted inside-the-park home run in the eighth. Did he say anything, Jose was asked. "Yeah," the Mets' second baseman said. "He said, 'Get up.'"
  • Mets LF Lastings Milledge cut down Ryan Freel trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double in the first inning. It was his third assist in 18 games.
  • Freel had three hits.
  • Reyes extended his hitting streak to eight games.
  • RF Nady robbed Kearns of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch in the fourth.
  • Trachsel's last home run came on Aug. 28, 1998, when he was with the Chicago Cubs.
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Players of the Game
New York

X. Nady
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
New York

P. Lo Duca
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 38991
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna