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Reds rally past Mets, overcome long rain delay

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- While thunderstorms pelted the ballpark in the second inning, the Cincinnati Reds relaxed in their cozy clubhouse and hoped the rain wouldn't end.

It ended, all right. And so did the best part of the New York Mets' night.

Jason LaRue's two-run double in the eighth inning sparked the Reds to a 7-4 victory Wednesday night that featured a game-changing delay, a broken winning streak and a little taste of Hollywood.

"I'm impressed to play the game that we did," LaRue said.

The Reds rallied from a 4-0 deficit after the delay, tying it on Rich Aurilia's solo homer in the fifth. Scott Hatteberg started the winning rally with his third hit of the game, a leadoff single in the eighth off Duaner Sanchez (5-1).

LaRue's after-midnight double into the left-field corner broke the tie with two outs, and Javier Valentin followed with a pinch-hit, run-scoring single.

The Mets stockpiled four runs off Aaron Harang before the 2-hour, 23-minute delay in the bottom of the second inning changed everything. New York wasn't the same afterward, managing only two hits off a bullpen solidified by trades in the last two weeks.

"The rain delay killed our whole momentum," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It took us out of our rhythm."

Todd Coffey (5-4) pitched out of a threat in the eighth, and Eddie Guardado recorded the final three outs to improve to 4-for-4 in save chances since the Reds acquired him in a trade with Seattle.

The thunderstorms crimped Steve Trachsel's streak of seven victories in as many starts. The right-hander couldn't throw strikes after the delay, which provided fans an unexpected chance to snap photos of actor Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and comedian Dennis Miller.

Trachsel walked three of the first six batters he faced when play resumed on a soggy field with a mud-caked warning track. He gave up four hits and a walk in the fourth inning, when Edwin Encarnacion's pinch-hit, two-run single cut it to 4-3.

Trachsel played catch a few times in the batting cages during the delay, and decided he felt good enough to give it a try.

"The hardest part was staying focused," he said. "There was two hours between the start of the inning and the next batter."

The managers walked around the field with crew chief Jerry Crawford while the grounds crew cleaned it up after the delay. Given the 4-0 deficit, Reds manager Jerry Narron wished they weren't playing anymore.

"When you lose your starter in the second inning, you're not too crazy about it," Narron said.

Once the Reds saw that the rain delay had knocked Trachsel out of his rhythm, they sensed it might not turn out so bad after all.

"It surprised all of us, too," said Aurilia, whose solo homer off Darren Oliver tied it at 4-4. "Trachsel threw pretty well to the first five hitters, then came back after the delay and didn't have his command. We took advantage of it."

Unlike Trachsel, Harang didn't return when the rain finally let up. The right-hander had already thrown 51 pitches, giving up two-run singles to David Wright and Jose Reyes.

"I really didn't want him to go back out there after a two-hour delay," Narron said. "If it's September, then probably, but not in July."

The delay provided fans with some of their best moments on a long night. They were able to snap pictures and chat with Hanks, Howard and Miller, who are making an unannounced ballparks tour in honor of Hanks' 50th birthday.

The trio sat in the second row next to the Reds' dugout. When a boy sitting nearby got a foul ball, Hanks autographed it. He and Howard were shown on the ballpark video board for a between-inning "Kiss Cam" spot -- after Howard waved off a smooch, Hanks kissed the cheek of a woman sitting in the next row.

Notes

  • Trachsel threw 21 pitches before the delay, 45 after it.
  • The Mets swapped minor league infielders with Kansas City, sending Jeff Keppinger to the Royals for Ruben Gotay.
  • Reyes went headfirst into bases twice, showing he won't change his style on the bases. He needed seven stitches for a cut on his hand July 7, when he dived into first base.
  • RF Ryan Freel was back in the Reds' starting lineup for the first time since July 9. He has been hampered by a sore shoulder. Freel singled in his first at-bat and was picked off first base by Trachsel.
  • Aurilia's homer extended his hitting streak to 12 games, one shy of his career high.
 
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Jason LaRue's two-run double off of Duaner Sanchez gives the Reds a two-run lead in the eighth.  (AP)
Jason LaRue's two-run double off of Duaner Sanchez gives the Reds a two-run lead in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Hatteberg
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5022000 .298
Paul Lo Duca, C4110100 .299
Carlos Beltran, CF4110001 .279
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010024 .248
David Wright, 3B3012111 .317
Cliff Floyd, LF3000102 .248
Jose Valentin, 2B2100212 .286
Xavier Nady, RF2100102 .262
Steve Trachsel, P1000000 .133
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .182
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1000002 .284
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .272
Totals304646514 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Oliver in the 6th
b-struck out for Sanchez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (21, Harang), Carlos Delgado (16, Bray)
SH - Steve Trachsel (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (43), David Wright 2 (79)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright 2 (31)
SB - Jose Reyes (40, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Valentin-Wright-Delgado
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel 3.1633420 4.68
Darren Oliver 1.2111001 2.15
Aaron Heilman 2000120 4.36
Duaner Sanchez (L,5-1) 1333010 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 66-38, Darren Oliver 29-20, Aaron Heilman 24-14, Duaner Sanchez 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 4-3, Darren Oliver 2-3, Aaron Heilman 1-2, Duaner Sanchez 3-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 19, Darren Oliver 6, Aaron Heilman 6, Duaner Sanchez 7
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF4010121 .294
Adam Dunn, LF3000203 .249
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4000004 .244
Rich Aurilia, 3B4111011 .283
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4230000 .317
Brandon Phillips, 2B4111001 .289
Royce Clayton, SS3210100 .276
Jason LaRue, C3112120 .197
Aaron Harang, P0000000 .163
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH1000003 .091
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
   b- Edwin Encarnacion, PH1012000 .284
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   c- Juan Castro, PH1000000 .246
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   d- Javier Valentin, PH1011000 .231
    Chris Denorfia, LF0000000 .308
Totals3371075513 
a-grounded out for Harang in the 4th
b-singled for Standridge in the 4th
c-flied out for Weathers in the 6th
d-singled for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (21, Trachsel), Jason LaRue (4, Sanchez)
HR - Rich Aurilia (12, Oliver)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (37), Brandon Phillips (47), Jason LaRue 2 (16), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (39), Javier Valentin (15)
SB - Brandon Phillips (18, 3rd base off Trachsel/Lo Duca), Royce Clayton (10, 2nd base off Trachsel/Lo Duca)
PK - Ryan Freel (3, Trachsel)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Freel 1
DP - Hatteberg-Clayton-B. Phillips
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 2444220 3.72
Jason Standridge 2100000 5.59
David Weathers 2000300 4.63
Kent Mercker 1000000 4.56
Bill Bray 0.2100120 3.86
Todd Coffey (W,5-4) 0.1000000 3.35
Eddie Guardado (S,9) 1000010 4.88
HBP - Nady (by Aaron Harang)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 51-28, Jason Standridge 13-11, David Weathers 28-13, Kent Mercker 9-5, Bill Bray 15-8, Todd Coffey 8-5, Eddie Guardado 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 1-3, Jason Standridge 4-1, David Weathers 4-1, Kent Mercker 1-2, Eddie Guardado 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 13, Jason Standridge 6, David Weathers 8, Kent Mercker 3, Bill Bray 4, Todd Coffey 1, Eddie Guardado 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26300
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora