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Beltran starts four-run rally as Mets outlast Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Jason Isringhausen showed he's still got something left in the tank -- enough to beat a Reds team that let him go, anyway.

Isringhausen struck out Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night, closing out the New York Mets' 4-2 win and denying Cincinnati an elusive third straight win.

A familiar figure kept them from it.

The Reds signed the 38-year-old reliever to a minor league deal last season, giving him a chance to continue his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery in 2009. After seven games he came down with a sore elbow, and that was it.

"They just said I didn't have enough in the tank," Isringhausen said.

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The Mets traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee right after the All-Star game, opening the way for Isringhausen and others to finish off games. He used his guile to deny the Reds a third straight win.

Cincinnati hasn't won three straight since a sweep of the Dodgers from June 13-15. The Reds sure had their chance in the ninth.

Third baseman David Wright's error and Miguel Cairo's single put two aboard with two outs. Isringhausen then pitched carefully to Jay Bruce, walking him to load the bases.

"I wasn't going to give in to him," Isringhausen said. "I've seen too many highlights of him hitting home runs for walk-offs."

Isringhausen then fanned Phillips on four pitches to get his third save in six chances and end the drama.

"I believe in the old man," starter R.A. Dickey said. "He's got a lot of tricks up his sleeve."

Manager Terry Collins plans to use Isringhausen in the closer's role "for the foreseeable future."

"He just grinds it out and makes his pitches," Collins said. "He's an old pro, no doubt about it."

Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly started a four-run rally in the seventh inning, when the Mets rallied against Mike Leake (8-6) and two relievers.

The biggest intrigue for the Mets is whether Beltran will still be with them when they leave town on Thursday. He's likely to be the next one traded away.

Both teams know their biggest problem lately - getting a hit with runners in scoring position. They had trouble with it again until the Mets finally broke through in the seventh.

Jose Reyes and Justin Turner had one-out singles off Leake, who left the game with a pitch count at 112. Beltran tied it with his fly out against left-hander Bill Bray. Wright singled home the tiebreaker off Logan Ondrusek, and Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay followed with RBI doubles.

"That's how it goes," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesn't take long to unravel. That was a bad series of events."

Wright has driven in seven runs since coming off the disabled list on Friday. He was sidelined on May 18 with a stress fracture in his lower back. The third baseman is 8 for 19 in his four games back.

Phillips doubled home a run in the sixth, and Dickey (5-8) left after giving up Drew Stubbs' RBI single with two outs in the seventh. A bullpen that has struggled lately made it interesting and gave Reds fans a moment to reminisce.

After Dickey left, Pedro Beato walked Cairo to put runners on first and second. Collins then brought in left-hander Tim Byrdak to face Bruce in a sentimental matchup.

Bruce hit a first-pitch, game-ending homer off Byrdak last Sept. 28 for a 3-2 win over Houston that clinched the NL Central title. This time, Byrdak fanned him on three pitches.

"We talked about it before the game," Collins said. "He said that was the worst night of his career. I'm sure he was determined there."

Notes

  • Reyes has scored in each of his last seven games.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto was out of the starting lineup for only the second time this season, getting a day of rest. Votto pinch hit in the eighth and flied out. He's 2 for 18 in his last six games.
  • OF Chris Heisey got an MRI on his left shoulder that was negative. Heisey was sore after bumping the outfield wall while going for a fly ball on Sunday night.
 
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R.A. Dickey allows eight hits and a pair of runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Reds.  (AP)
R.A. Dickey allows eight hits and a pair of runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

P. Janish
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5110000 .351
Justin Turner, 2B3120100 .277
Carlos Beltran, RF3001112 .289
David Wright, 3B5120002 .248
Daniel Murphy, 1B5122002 .308
Jason Bay, LF3011101 .230
Josh Thole, C4020012 .254
Jason Pridie, CF4010014 .231
R.A. Dickey, P3000012 .171
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   a- Lucas Duda, PH1000000 .277
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals36411434  
a-flied out for Byrdak in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy 2 (26, Leake, Ondrusek), Jason Bay (5, Ondrusek)
SF - Carlos Beltran (4)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (65), Daniel Murphy 2 (44), Jason Bay (31)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (25), Jason Bay (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Turner-Murphy
PB - Josh Thole (14)
E - David Wright (6, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,5-8) 6.2822170 3.74
Pedro Beato0000100 3.46
Tim Byrdak (H,5) 0.1000010 3.55
Bobby Parnell (H,6) 1000110 3.19
Jason Isringhausen (S,3) 1100120 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 86-61, Pedro Beato 4-0, Tim Byrdak 3-3, Bobby Parnell 17-10, Jason Isringhausen 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 10-2, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 2-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 28, Pedro Beato 1, Tim Byrdak 1, Bobby Parnell 4, Jason Isringhausen 6
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF5011034 .255
Miguel Cairo, 3B4120101 .287
Jay Bruce, RF4010123 .268
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011034 .281
Fred Lewis, LF2000220 .252
Ramon Hernandez, C3000001 .303
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .200
   a- Joey Votto, PH1000001 .314
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
Todd Frazier, 1B4010011 .300
Paul Janish, SS4130000 .236
Mike Leake, P0000000 .257
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Hanigan, C2000001 .257
Totals34292411  
a-flied out for LeCure in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (18, Dickey), Brandon Phillips (24, Dickey), Paul Janish (9, Dickey)
SH - Mike Leake 2 (6)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (35), Brandon Phillips (56)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (18)
SB - Drew Stubbs (26, 2nd base off Beato/Thole)
CS - Brandon Phillips (6, 2nd base by Dickey/Thole)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cairo-B. Phillips-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (L,8-6) 6.1822230 4.04
Bill Bray (BS,2) 0.1000000 1.91
Logan Ondrusek 0.1322000 1.90
Sam LeCure 1000010 2.49
Jose Arredondo 1000100 2.81
HBP - Turner (by Jose Arredondo)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 112-72, Bill Bray 2-2, Logan Ondrusek 8-6, Sam LeCure 12-8, Jose Arredondo 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 8-8, Sam LeCure 1-1, Jose Arredondo 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 29, Bill Bray 1, Logan Ondrusek 4, Sam LeCure 3, Jose Arredondo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25480
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck