Cincinnati at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: O. Hernandez (5-4) L: B. Arroyo (3-10)
S: B. Wagner (18)
HR: CIN - None   NYM - J. Reyes (5), R. Gotay (4)

Mets open with back-to-back HRs for first time, edge Reds

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have had all sorts of adventures during their 46 seasons. What happened Thursday night, however, they had never done before.

Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay opened with consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history, and New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday night.

New York needed both drives, some daring baserunning by Lastings Milledge and six sharp innings from Orlando Hernandez to win its first game of the second half.

Reyes, fresh off his three-hit performance in the All-Star game, led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer and Gotay followed with his fourth, both against Bronson Arroyo (3-10). It was the third time this season that the Mets hit back-to-back homers but the first time in 7,238 games the club opened that way.

"I don't know if they were mistakes," Arroyo said. "I threw the pitch I wanted to Reyes. The other one (to Gotay) was a 2-1 breaking ball. I was surprised he hit it out of the park."

It was a strong start in the first game since New York dismissed hitting coach Rick Down and added Rickey Henderson to the coaching staff. It has not been decided whether Henderson or first base coach Howard Johnson will replace Down, but Johnson filled the role against Cincinnati.

New York also jettisoned 48-year-old Julio Franco, who hit only .200 in 50 at-bats with one home run and eight RBI, and promoted Milledge from the minors.

Hernandez (5-4) allowed three hits and two runs, struck out seven and walked three.

"I think it was a little difficult coming back after the All-Star game and three days without throwing," Hernandez said. "I threw yesterday but it was a little difficult."

Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run single in the second to tie it at 2 but the Mets went in front for good in the fifth.

Milledge, who got the start in left field, led off with a single. Arroyo then retired Hernandez and Reyes before Gotay's drive fell just in front of diving center fielder Ryan Freel.

Milledge circled the bases and barely beat the play at home, touching the plate with his hand ahead of catcher David Ross' tag.

"It was a good throw and that made it pretty close," Milledge said. "I knew it would be close. I kind of waited a split second to get my hand in around him a little."

Hernandez retired the last 12 batters he faced. Joe Smith worked a perfect seventh, Pedro Feliciano pitched the eighth and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 18th save in 19 chances.

Brandon Phillips led off the ninth with a single, ending a streak of 18 consecutive hitters retired by New York. He advanced on a groundout but was caught off second when Edwin Encarnacion bounced to Reyes at shortstop.

Encarnacion stole second before Jeff Conine grounded out to end the game.

Cincinnati finished with just four hits and fell to 5-2 under interim manager Pete Mackanin, who took over for Jerry Narron earlier this month.

The Reds placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list before the game and recalled catcher Chad Moeller. Hamilton sprained his wrist on Saturday night.


  • Reyes' drive was his ninth career leadoff homer, a Mets franchise record. He had been tied with Len Dykstra and Tommie Agee.
  • Hernandez's stolen base in the second inning was the second steal of his career.
  • Milledge's single was his first hit of the season for the Mets. He had been 0-for-3 in a brief stay in April.
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Jose Reyes hits the first of consecutive HRs to start off the Mets, who achieve the feat for the first time.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hits the first of consecutive HRs to start off the Mets, who achieve the feat for the first time. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
New York

R. Gotay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Cincinnati Reds
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Ryan Freel, CF4000002 .252
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3010100 .286
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010011 .275
Adam Dunn, LF3100121 .256
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000012 .265
Alex Gonzalez, SS3110010 .248
   a- Jeff Conine, PH1000001 .268
David Ross, C3000022 .193
Bronson Arroyo, P2000110 .077
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
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RBI - Scott Hatteberg 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hatteberg 2 (17)
SB - Ken Griffey Jr. (4, 2nd base off Hernandez/Lo Duca), Edwin Encarnacion (5, 2nd base off Wagner/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 5
DP - B. Phillips-A. Gonzalez
Cincinnati Reds
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Mike Stanton 0.1000200 3.99
Jared Burton 0.2000100 4.82
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Ruben Gotay, 2B4122003 .342
Carlos Beltran, CF3000121 .262
David Wright, 3B3010100 .293
Carlos Delgado, 1B3010002 .243
Paul Lo Duca, C4000003 .270
Shawn Green, RF3000101 .272
Lastings Milledge, LF4110003 .143
Orlando Hernandez, P2010011 .214
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- David Newhan, PH1000000 .214
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Smith in the 7th
2B - Jose Reyes (18, Arroyo)
HR - Jose Reyes (5, Arroyo), Ruben Gotay (4, Arroyo)
RBI - Jose Reyes (36), Ruben Gotay 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ruben Gotay (8)
SB - Carlos Beltran (14, 3rd base off Stanton/Ross), David Wright (19, 2nd base off Stanton/Ross), Orlando Hernandez (1, 2nd base off Arroyo/Ross)
PK - Jose Reyes (4, Arroyo)
Team LOB - 8
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 3-8, Joe Smith 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 2-1, Billy Wagner 3-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 24, Joe Smith 3, Pedro Feliciano 3, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48282
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Kerwin Danley