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NEW YORK -- Bronson Arroyo was standing on third base laughing about his blooped bunt that landed beyond the pitcher's mound for a base hit earlier in the seventh inning.
It's easy to feel giddy when almost everything is on target.
Arroyo outpitched Jonathon Niese in a crisp duel, and the Cincinnati Reds used two more long balls and a few fine plays in the field to beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Wednesday to win the three-game series.
I was "saying I was working on that all spring," Arroyo (9-4) said he told Mets third baseman David Wright. "Sometimes the ball bounces your way."
Thanks to a sinker that was moving so much he had to start his pitches farther out of the strike zone than usual, the ball was bouncing Arroyo's way on offense and defense.
Chris Heisey made the biggest play behind Arroyo, a long running catch in the in Citi Field's spacious right-center field with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning. Heisey then hit a tiebreaking shot in the seventh to help Arroyo improve to 7-2 with a 3.31 ERA for his career against the Mets.
"I thought the ball he hit to right-center was a big play by them," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of Jason Bay's drive. "It may be the most important play in the game."
Brandon Phillips homered in the third and had an RBI double in the seventh inning for the Reds, who earned their fifth win in seven games on an 11-game road trip. The victory also gave Cincinnati the season series over New York -- 4-2 -- for the first time since 2001.
Arroyo and Niese (6-3) both made quick work of the opponents' potent lineups on another sweltering night in New York -- although at 87 degrees for first pitch, it was 9 degrees cooler than Tuesday night.
Angel Pagan hit Arroyo's seventh pitch of the game for the Mets' run, and Cincinnati only had Phillips' homer before Heisey connected with an out in the seventh for their second hit.
Drew Stubbs singled after Heisey hit the Reds' NL-leading 106th homer. Arroyo bunted the blooper an out after Stubbs' hit that dropped in between the mound and second base for a single. Then Phillips made it 3-1 with a grounds-rule double to right.
Arroyo made the lead hold up in his second straight stellar start. He pitched six scoreless innings against the Cubs in his last outing. In this one he gave up seven hits and a run without walking a batter over eight innings.
"Other than that home run to Angel Pagan, he was throwing quality strike after quality strike," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He kept them off-balance."
Francisco Cordero gave up Ike Davis' leadoff double and a walk in the ninth before finishing for his 24th save in 29 chances to complete Cincinnati's second victory in three games in New York and end the 2-hour, 25-minute contest.
The Mets threatened in the fifth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Arroyo struck out Niese and got Jose Reyes, batting right-handed against the righty because his left side that kept him out a week was still not fully healed, bounced back to the mound for the final out.
Arroyo gave up three more singles but Heisey came through in the sixth, racing into the gap near the 415-foot mark on Bay's drive to strand Wright on second. In the seventh, Thole led off with a single to left but Feliciano wiped him out with a 4-6-3 double play.
"I caught it and I thought I was going to be right next to the fence and I looked back and I still had about 10 feet of grass before the warning track," Heisey said with a laugh. "There's hardly any places I played that was as big as this field."
Niese had only given up seven homers coming in, but the two in this one ended his winning streak at five straight decisions since coming off the disabled list June 5. He struck out eight, matching a career best, and walked one in 7 2/3 innings.
"We'll take that kind of outing from a young pitcher every time," Manuel said.
|Bronson Arroyo shows his appreciation after Francisco Cordero closes out the win for him. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||.307|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.251|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.313|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.296|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Jay Bruce, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Chris Heisey, RF-LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.238|
|Corky Miller, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.188|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.216|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Arroyo in the 9th|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (24, Niese)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (12, Niese), Chris Heisey (5, Niese)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (30), Chris Heisey (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (13)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - B. Phillips-Cabrera-Votto|
|Bronson Arroyo (W,9-4)||8||7||1||1||0||3||1||4.04|
|Francisco Cordero (S,24)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 99-72, Francisco Cordero 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 13-7|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 30, Francisco Cordero 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.277|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.303|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.316|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.271|
|Josh Thole, C||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.538|
|Ruben Tejada, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Jesus Feliciano, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.288|
|Alex Cora, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.230|
|Jonathon Niese, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.185|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Carter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Elmer Dessens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Parnell in the 8th|
|2B - Ike Davis (15, Cordero), Jonathon Niese (2, Arroyo)|
|HR - Angel Pagan (6, Arroyo)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (40)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - David Wright (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (L,6-3)||7.2||6||3||3||1||8||2||3.61|
|HBP - Cabrera (by Jonathon Niese)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 99-63, Bobby Parnell 9-6, Elmer Dessens 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 7-9, Elmer Dessens 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 32, Bobby Parnell 2, Elmer Dessens 3|
|Attendance - 30029|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner|