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Heisey hits three HRs; Reds split DH with Yankees

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CINCINNATI -- Teammates forced Chris Heisey to take a curtain call after the third homer. The capacity crowd chanted his name in unison.

Finally, some runs. And a young leadoff hitter had provided most of them.

Heisey got Cincinnati's slumping offense going with his first multihomer game, and Johnny Cueto allowed only two hits in seven innings Wednesday night, leading the Reds to a 10-2 win and a doubleheader split with the New York Yankees.

In the opener, Jorge Posada ended the second-longest homer drought of his career with a two-run shot, sending the Yankees to a 4-2 win.

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Heisey started the second game with his first career leadoff homer. He also had two-run shots off Brian Gordon (0-1) and Hector Noesi. After his homer in the eighth, Heisey was forced to take a curtain call and heard his name ring through the ballpark.

"That was a good night," manager Dusty Baker said. "That might get our offense rolling."

Heisey became the third Reds player to homer three times in the leadoff spot, joining Pete Rose and Jay Bruce.

"When you get a hit in your first at-bat, it takes the pressure off the rest of your day," Heisey said. "It relaxes you. Nobody likes to go 0 for 4 or 0 for 5. One home run's a good day, let alone three."

Cueto (5-2) gave up Nick Swisher's solo homer and Alex Rodriguez's single. The right-hander pitched out of a bases-loaded threat in the seventh, retiring Posada on a groundout to preserve a 4-1 lead.

Cueto has given up only four runs in four June starts. He was scratched from a start Monday in the series opener because of a sore neck. He stretched it sideways as he walked off the field after fanning Rodriguez in the first inning, an indication it was still bothering him a bit.

Couldn't tell by his pitching. He retired 12 straight batters over one stretch, putting the Reds in line for only their second victory in nine interleague games.

Gordon had problems in one of the majors' most homer-friendly ballparks.

The 32-year-old journeyman left the Phillies' farm system last week to sign with the Yankees, who need help for their depleted rotation. He impressed in his first start, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings of a win over Texas.

The second time wasn't so good.

Gordon showed Heisey his two best pitches leading off the first inning, throwing a 69 mph curve followed by a 90 mph fastball. Heisey then connected on a sloppy, full-count fastball. Gordon gave up five hits -- three of them homers -- and four runs in five innings.

"I'm definitely a little disappointed in the outcome," Gordon said. "I made three mistakes and paid for all three of them."

Notes

  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter (strained calf) threw for the second straight day at New York's spring training complex in Tampa.
  • New York INF Eric Chavez (broken left foot) could run the bases in the next couple days. He's taking batting practice and fielding in Tampa.
  • Posada's longest homerless stretch was 140 at-bats in 2002-03, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau for the Yankees.
  • RHP Jeff Marquez went on the DL between games with a sore shoulder. RHP Buddy Carlyle was called up by New York.
  • The Reds activated RHP reliever Sam LeCure off 15-day DL and optioned LHP starter Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville.
 
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Chris Heisey leads off the game with a home run and doesn't stop there as he goes deep twice more to hurt the Yankees.  (Getty Images)
Chris Heisey leads off the game with a home run and doesn't stop there as he goes deep twice more to hurt the Yankees. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 3
RBI 5
Cincinnati

J. Cueto
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF4000010 .286
Curtis Granderson, CF2100211 .278
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000023 .246
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4021011 .296
Nick Swisher, RF3111111 .235
Russell Martin, C4000012 .233
Eduardo Nunez, SS2000000 .241
   a- Robinson Cano, PH-2B2010000 .299
Ramiro Pena, 2B-SS4000014 .143
Brian Gordon, P1000110 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   b- Jorge Posada, PH1000003 .225
    Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Dickerson, PH1000011 .294
Totals32242410  
a-grounded out for Nunez in the 7th
b-grounded out for Wade in the 7th
c-struck out for Ayala in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (16, Masset)
HR - Nick Swisher (8, Cueto)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (45), Nick Swisher (35)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (17)
Team LOB - 7
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Gordon (L,0-1) 5544013 5.23
Boone Logan 0.2000010 3.78
Cory Wade 0.1100000 0.00
Hector Noesi 1.2866111 4.12
Luis Ayala 0.1000000 1.57
HBP - Bruce (by Hector Noesi)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Gordon 74-49, Boone Logan 11-8, Cory Wade 5-3, Hector Noesi 42-25, Luis Ayala 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Gordon 6-8, Boone Logan 1-0, Hector Noesi 2-2, Luis Ayala 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Gordon 20, Boone Logan 2, Cory Wade 1, Hector Noesi 15, Luis Ayala 1
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF-LF5435000 .273
Brandon Phillips, 2B4011100 .282
Joey Votto, 1B5010001 .318
Jay Bruce, RF3001010 .277
Jonny Gomes, LF4121003 .222
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Ramon Hernandez, C4020010 .308
Miguel Cairo, 3B3110011 .273
    Drew Stubbs, CF1100001 .257
Paul Janish, SS4120002 .234
Johnny Cueto, P1000001 .063
   a- Scott Rolen, PH-3B2222000 .260
Totals3610141013  
a-doubled for Cueto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (16, Noesi)
HR - Chris Heisey 3 (8, Gordon, Gordon, Noesi), Jonny Gomes (9, Gordon)
SH - Johnny Cueto (4)
RBI - Chris Heisey 5 (28), Brandon Phillips (37), Jay Bruce (49), Jonny Gomes (28), Scott Rolen 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Heisey 4 (14), Brandon Phillips (9), Jay Bruce (13), Scott Rolen (8)
SB - Drew Stubbs (22, 2nd base off Noesi/Martin)
CS - Jonny Gomes (3, 2nd base by Wade/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Johnny Cueto (2, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto (W,5-2) 7211361 1.63
Bill Bray 0.2011110 1.78
Nick Masset 1.1200030 3.55
WP - Johnny Cueto (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 102-61, Bill Bray 14-8, Nick Masset 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 10-6
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 27, Bill Bray 3, Nick Masset 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41367
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Lance Barrett