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Reds pull off another last-swing win as Cabrera homers in 10th

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CINCINNATI -- The wind latched onto Orlando Cabrera's long drive and started shoving it toward the foul pole, providing a little extra drama in a series that knew nothing else.

Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a homer that hit the yellow screen just inside the left-field pole, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday and providing an appropriate finish to a series full of all-or-nothing swings.

"When I hit it, I never thought it would hit the pole," Cabrera said. "I was thinking, 'Clearly, that's fair.' It was close."

Cabrera's fifth game-ending homer came off Pedro Feliciano (1-1) and gave the Reds their second last-swing victory in a wild series. The teams combined for 11 homers in the three games -- all solo shots.

Cincinnati showed it's much more adept at dramatic endings. Nine of the Reds' 14 wins have come in their final at-bat. Cincinnati is 4-0 in extra innings.

"This was some series," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're not doing it easy, but the main thing is we're doing it."

Micah Owings (3-0) pitched one perfect inning after Francisco Cordero blew a one-run lead in the ninth, tying it at 4. Cordero gave up a pair of hits and Jeff Francoeur's sacrifice fly, his second blown save in 11 chances.

Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes also homered for the Reds. David Wright had a solo shot for the Mets, giving him a nine-game hitting streak that includes four homers.

No surprise that the Mets came up just short again. New York is 1-4 in extra innings and 3-6 in one-run games.

"Most of the games have been close," Feliciano said.

All three in the series were decided in the ninth inning or later. Cincinnati's Laynce Nix ended the opener with a pinch-hit homer in the 11th, and New York's Rod Barajas decided the middle game with a ninth-inning drive.

On a warm, windy afternoon, they went at it again.

The Mets were last in the league with a .234 team batting average. The Reds were fourth-worst at .237. Their best chance was to get one up in the breeze.

Both teams failed to get much out of bases-loaded opportunities early. Johnny Cueto walked Angel Pagan with the bases loaded to force in a run in the third, but Jose Reyes hit a weak flyout and Jason Bay hit a routine fly to end it. Bay also stranded runners in scoring position with strikeouts in the fifth and seventh.

Bay got a $66 million, four-year deal in December, but has struggled mightily as the cleanup hitter with just one homer and nine RBI.

"I'm sure he's been through something like this before," manager Jerry Manuel said. "The problem is, I've never seen it firsthand. We're very confident he'll come out of it."

Cincinnati also wasted an opportunity for a big inning, this time in the fourth. Cabrera singled with the bases loaded to drive in one run off Jonathon Niese, but Ramon Hernandez was easily out at the plate trying to score from second on the play.

Phillips, who was chastised by Baker for failing to run hard on his double the previous night, snapped a 2-all tie with his fourth homer, which barely cleared the wall in right field. Phillips raised his right arm in celebration and rounded the bases quickly.

Notes

  • There was a moment of silence before the game for longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died on Tuesday.
  • Gary Matthews Jr. singled in his first at-bat, ending an 0-for-15 slide. Since April 7, he's 4 for 39 with 16 strikeouts.
  • Mets RH Mike Pelfrey threw in the bullpen without a problem and will start Friday against the Giants as planned. Pelfrey had tightness in his shoulder the last time out. "Felt fine," he said.
  • Baker thought Phillips could have had a triple instead of settling for a double on his drive off the wall Tuesday night in NY's 5-4 win. Phillips has a history of easing up at times. Baker compared it to an A-caliber student settling for a B. "We talk to Brandon quite often," Baker said. "I guess he's better than he used to be. We're still trying to get him to the point he's a big difference-maker every day because he's certainly got that skill and ability."
 
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Orlando Cabrera is the hero in Cincy's second dramatic win in the series against the Mets. (AP)
Orlando Cabrera is the hero in Cincy's second dramatic win in the series against the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

O. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4130110 .264
Alex Cora, 2B2011110 .179
   a- Jeff Francoeur, PH-RF0001100 .263
Jose Reyes, SS5001015 .225
Jason Bay, LF4000026 .238
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .333
   b- Fernando Tatis, PH-3B1000000 .200
David Wright, 3B5121020 .286
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Ike Davis, 1B4010031 .292
Gary Matthews Jr., RF-LF4110021 .143
Henry Blanco, C3010001 .240
   c- Frank Catalanotto, PH1110000 .174
    Rod Barajas, C0000000 .231
Jonathon Niese, P1000000 .083
   d- Luis Castillo, PH-2B1000000 .269
Totals354104312  
a-walked for Cora in the 7th
b-flied out for Takahashi in the 10th
c-singled for Blanco in the 9th
d-lined out for Niese in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (2, Cueto)
HR - David Wright (7, Cueto)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (3)
SH - Jonathon Niese (1), Luis Castillo (4)
RBI - Alex Cora (4), Jeff Francoeur (16), Jose Reyes (9), David Wright (21)
SB - Angel Pagan (3, 2nd base off Rhodes/Hernandez)
CS - Angel Pagan (2, 2nd base by Cordero/Hernandez), David Wright (2, 2nd base by Cueto/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 61244042 3.60
Hisanori Takahashi 3000040 3.38
Pedro Feliciano (L,1-1)0111001 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 97-68, Hisanori Takahashi 38-27, Pedro Feliciano 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 7-5, Hisanori Takahashi 1-4
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 28, Hisanori Takahashi 9, Pedro Feliciano 1
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF5000035 .174
Orlando Cabrera, SS5132000 .257
Joey Votto, 1B4010010 .303
Brandon Phillips, 2B4121000 .257
Jay Bruce, RF4110012 .242
Jonny Gomes, LF4221000 .214
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rolen, 3B0000000 .262
Ramon Hernandez, C4011010 .245
Miguel Cairo, 3B4010002 .125
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .000
Johnny Cueto, P2020000 .333
   a- Chris Heisey, PH1000010 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Laynce Nix, LF1000010 .176
Totals38513508  
a-struck out for Cueto in the 6th
Batting
HR - Orlando Cabrera (3, Feliciano), Brandon Phillips (4, Niese), Jonny Gomes (3, Niese)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (16), Brandon Phillips (11), Jonny Gomes (13), Ramon Hernandez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (5), Jonny Gomes (3)
CS - Joey Votto (3, 2nd base by Niese/Blanco)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hernandez-Cabrera
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto 6733281 5.18
Arthur Rhodes (H,6) 1100110 0.77
Nick Masset (H,2) 1000020 9.00
Francisco Cordero (BS,2) 1211000 3.31
Micah Owings (W,3-0) 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 118-69, Arthur Rhodes 29-16, Nick Masset 16-9, Francisco Cordero 12-8, Micah Owings 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 4-5, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 26, Arthur Rhodes 5, Nick Masset 3, Francisco Cordero 4, Micah Owings 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16798
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke