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N.Y. Mets (18-16)001000000142

Reds rebound to split doubleheader against Mets

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NEW YORK -- Throughout his horrendous start to the season, Bronson Arroyo insisted he was fine.

He proved it on Saturday.

Arroyo pitched eight dominant innings to win a matchup of struggling pitchers and Jeff Keppinger had a career-high five hits, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 7-1 for a split of their day-night doubleheader.

"The tides got to turn at some point," Arroyo said after retiring 16 of his last 17 batters. "You throw it up there enough times and they've got to hit it on the ground eventually - instead of over infielders heads."

Ken Griffey Jr. had two hits and an RBI in the nightcap, but remained stalled in his bid to become the sixth player with 600 home runs - he is homerless in 59 at-bats.

The Reds outhit the Mets in the loss, 15-12, and the win, 14-4 - but they also got pitching and defense in the nightcap. They broke open the game in the ninth thanks to two errors by the Mets and Scott Hatteberg's third RBI of the game.

That prompted angry Mets closer Billy Wagner, who entered in the ninth to get some work in, to knock over a water cooler in the dugout after he was pulled.

"Our bullpen - we just stunk," said Wagner, who was charged with three unearned runs.

Arroyo struck out the side in the first and immediately put to rest any thoughts of a repeat of his awful outing a week ago, when he gave up seven runs in the shortest start of his career - 1 1-3 innings.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the second but Arroyo struck out Ramon Castro, and pitcher Mike Pelfrey (2-3) flied out to right fielder Griffey, who made a basket catch on the run.

"Griffey making that play was big to get out with no runs -- I've been having trouble in the second inning all year," Arroyo said.

Griffey had an RBI single an out after Ryan Freel doubled to lead off the game. The Mets tied it in the third when David Wright hit a run-scoring single an out after Jose Reyes doubled. Griffey then had an assist when Wright was thrown out at the plate on Beltran's double to help end the rally.

The Reds took the lead in the sixth on Hatteberg's double, scoring Keppinger. Hatteberg drove in Keppinger again in the eighth with a single off Duaner Sanchez.

Baffled by his 8.63 ERA entering Saturday despite being healthy, Arroyo struck out the side again in the seventh, then fanned Reyes to start the eighth. The right-hander finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.

"He had them off balance," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He was dealing tonight. To go eight innings like he did, makes everybody feel better."

Francisco Cordero worked a perfect ninth to complete the four-hitter.

Notes

  • The Mets and Reds last played a doubleheader on May 19, 1998, and the Mets won both games at Shea Stadium.
  • Between games, Reds pitcher David Weathers' 8-year-old son, Ryan, took batting practice in center field.
 
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David Wright did drive in a run in Game 2, but he also is thrown out at the plate.  (AP)
David Wright did drive in a run in Game 2, but he also is thrown out at the plate. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
Cincinnati

S. Hatteberg
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF-LF5110002 .316
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000020 .294
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4121100 .257
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5100002 .254
Adam Dunn, LF4010001 .220
    Corey Patterson, PR-CF1200000 .198
Jeff Keppinger, SS5251000 .317
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4033011 .205
Paul Bako, C4022112 .319
Bronson Arroyo, P4000007 .083
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000002 .200
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals41714724  
a-flied out for Arroyo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Freel (6, Pelfrey), Scott Hatteberg (3, Pelfrey)
SF - Scott Hatteberg (2)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (18), Jeff Keppinger (17), Scott Hatteberg 3 (7), Paul Bako 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Bako (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1
E - Scott Hatteberg (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,2-4) 8411290 7.14
Francisco Cordero 1000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 115-71, Francisco Cordero 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-8, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 30, Francisco Cordero 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110020 .246
Endy Chavez, RF3000010 .163
David Wright, 3B4011010 .271
Carlos Beltran, CF3010120 .233
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010001 .234
Damion Easley, 2B4000012 .234
Marlon Anderson, LF3000010 .194
Ramon Castro, C2000123 .000
Mike Pelfrey, P2000004 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Church, PH1000010 .323
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
Totals30141211  
a-struck out for Heilman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (7, Arroyo), Carlos Beltran (11, Arroyo)
SH - Endy Chavez (1)
RBI - David Wright (30)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Carlos Delgado (4, Throwing), David Wright (8, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,2-3) 6822130 4.86
Aaron Heilman 1000010 4.64
Duaner Sanchez 1422000 6.75
Billy Wagner 0.2230100 0.00
Jorge Sosa 0.1000000 5.66
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 106-71, Aaron Heilman 11-7, Duaner Sanchez 24-16, Billy Wagner 25-14, Jorge Sosa 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-10, Duaner Sanchez 2-1, Billy Wagner 2-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, Aaron Heilman 3, Duaner Sanchez 7, Billy Wagner 7, Jorge Sosa 1
Game Information
Attendance - 47673
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Damien Beal