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New York at Cincinnati

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N.Y. Mets (54-51) «10044000110140
Cincinnati (50-55)2001041019131

Duda, Bay power Mets sweep of Reds

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CINCINNATI -- For a team that appeared "drained" to manager Terry Collins, the New York Mets look surprisingly spry.

Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each drove in three runs with bases-loaded doubles and the Mets held off the reeling Reds for a 10-9 victory Thursday that gave New York its first ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati -- the last two after slugger Carlos Beltran was traded to San Francisco.

"The last two games speaks volumes about these guys," said Collins, who watched his team weather weeks of speculation about Beltran. "I can't say enough about the job they've done. ... They were drained. They were wiped out physically. They were wiped out mentally. They were playing strictly on nothing but game adrenaline."

It went a long way.

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David Wright and Daniel Murphy both completed a red-hot series, helping the Mets score 26 runs over the last three games, and Chris Capuano (9-10) snapped a three-start losing streak.

Wright went 3 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games (15 for 33, .455) since coming off the disabled list on July 22. He was 9 for 19 with five RBI in the series.

Murphy, who went into the game ranked third in the NL with a .319 average, went 1 for 3 and scored three runs to finish the series 10 for 17 with five RBI.

Bay finished with three hits and said the Mets have gone through so much adversity this season that Beltran's trade, which became official less than an hour before Thursday's first pitch, was just another speed bump.

"I'm sure you guys had questions," said Bay, who was part of trade-deadline deals in 2002 and 2008. "We did, too. It's nice to have a chance to deal with reality instead of focusing on the what ifs."

Capuano allowed eight hits and six runs with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He also had a wild pitch. Jason Isringhausen earned his fourth save despite allowing Joey Votto's 16th homer of the season leading off the ninth.

The Reds also got a pinch-hit, three-run homer from Miguel Cairo, but it wasn't enough to keep the defending Central Division champions from falling five games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2009 season with a 78-84 record.

"We stink right now," Cairo said. "We have to start playing like we know how and we're not doing that right now. We're not doing the little things. Everyone on this team has to do better than we are right now."

Wright drove in Murphy from second with a single to give New York a 1-0 lead in the first. Drew Stubbs led off the bottom of the first with a walk, and the Reds grabbed a 2-1 lead with back-to-back one-out doubles by Votto and Brandon Phillips.

Duda, expected to get most of the playing time in right field following Beltran's trade, gave the Mets a 4-2 lead with a three-run double down the right-field line with one out in the fourth inning after Bay struck out. Josh Thole followed with an RBI single to right.

Duda, who homered in New York's 8-2 win on Wednesday, hasn't surprised Collins with the smooth transition.

"He hasn't shown me anything more than what I thought he had," Collins said. "I knew he had it in him. He's a dangerous offensive player."

One inning later, it was Bay's turn to deliver a three-run double up the right-center field gap as New York scored four runs for the second consecutive inning and opened a 9-3 lead. Bay had gone 0 for 8 in the previous two games.

Bay's shot knocked Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey out of the game. Bailey (5-5), who'd won his last two starts, set a career high by allowing nine earned runs. The Mets collected 12 hits with two walks and two strikeouts against the right-hander, who faced five batters without getting an out in the fifth.

The Reds knocked Capuano out of the game during a four-run sixth, three on Cairo's homer off reliever Manny Acosta. They added a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce.

Notes

  • The trade of Beltran to the Giants for minor league pitching prospect Zack Wheeler became official at 11:40 a.m. EDT. The Mets recalled C Mike Nickeas from Triple-A Buffalo to fill Beltran's roster spot.
  • Votto is 6 for 13 with two doubles and three home runs in three games since getting a day off, except to pinch-hit, on Monday.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips needs one RBI to reach 500 for his career.
  • The Mets' second 10-game road trip of the season continues Friday with the start of a three-game series at Florida.
  • The Reds hit eight doubles in a game for the first time since Aug. 26, 2001, at Montreal.
 
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Lucas Duda comes through for the Mets going 2 for 4 with three RBI in New York's first ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati. (Getty Images)
Lucas Duda comes through for the Mets going 2 for 4 with three RBI in New York's first ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000103 .343
Justin Turner, 2B5110001 .278
Daniel Murphy, 1B3310201 .320
David Wright, 3B5231000 .268
Angel Pagan, CF5331000 .246
Jason Bay, LF4033113 .230
Lucas Duda, RF4123113 .283
    Jason Pridie, RF0000000 .237
Josh Thole, C4011102 .253
Chris Capuano, P2000012 .061
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000010 .253
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000002 .245
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals381014964  
a-struck out for Beato in the 8th
b-grounded out for Parnell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay 2 (7, Bailey, Bailey), Lucas Duda (11, Bailey)
SH - Chris Capuano (5)
RBI - David Wright (30), Angel Pagan (37), Jason Bay 3 (35), Lucas Duda 3 (18), Josh Thole (24)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (10)
SB - Daniel Murphy (5, 2nd base off Bailey/Hernandez), Angel Pagan (19, 2nd base off Ondrusek/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Turner-Murphy
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano (W,9-10) 5.1866340 4.51
Manny Acosta 0.2211001 5.60
Pedro Beato (H,7) 1211000 3.50
Bobby Parnell (H,7) 1000010 3.09
Jason Isringhausen (S,4) 1111011 2.78
WP - Chris Capuano (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 98-61, Manny Acosta 12-9, Pedro Beato 16-11, Bobby Parnell 8-6, Jason Isringhausen 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 6-5, Manny Acosta 1-1, Pedro Beato 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 26, Manny Acosta 4, Pedro Beato 5, Bobby Parnell 3, Jason Isringhausen 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4100101 .252
Edgar Renteria, SS5020021 .238
Joey Votto, 1B5222002 .319
Brandon Phillips, 2B5021000 .284
Chris Heisey, LF5110022 .246
Jay Bruce, RF4121100 .267
Ramon Hernandez, C4111013 .307
Todd Frazier, 3B3210101 .286
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Homer Bailey, P2011010 .222
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .200
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1113000 .283
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Paul Janish, 3B1000000 .232
Totals39913936  
a-homered for LeCure in the 6th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (7, Acosta), Joey Votto (23, Capuano), Brandon Phillips 2 (26, Capuano, Capuano), Chris Heisey (7, Beato), Jay Bruce (19, Beato), Ramon Hernandez (10, Capuano), Todd Frazier (2, Capuano)
HR - Joey Votto (16, Isringhausen), Miguel Cairo (5, Acosta)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (64), Brandon Phillips (57), Jay Bruce (58), Ramon Hernandez (27), Homer Bailey (1), Miguel Cairo 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Homer Bailey (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1
DP - B. Phillips-Votto
E - Aroldis Chapman (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,5-5) 41299220 4.68
Sam LeCure 2000100 2.34
Jose Arredondo 1100010 3.58
Aroldis Chapman 1000110 4.13
Logan Ondrusek 1111200 2.01
WP - Logan Ondrusek (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 74-51, Sam LeCure 28-17, Jose Arredondo 14-9, Aroldis Chapman 14-7, Logan Ondrusek 29-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 4-4, Sam LeCure 3-3, Aroldis Chapman 1-1, Logan Ondrusek 2-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 24, Sam LeCure 7, Jose Arredondo 4, Aroldis Chapman 4, Logan Ondrusek 6
Game Information
Attendance - 25400
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell