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Reds 6, Mets 5

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NEW YORK -- Chris Heisey never expected to be such a power threat. His defense makes a difference for Cincinnati, too.

Heisey hit a go-ahead, three-run homer just moments after his diving catch and the Reds held off the New York Mets 6-5 on Monday night in the opener of their season-ending series.

"He had a real big night for us," manager Dusty Baker said.

Jose Reyes had three hits for the Mets to boost his bid for the NL batting title, but his baserunning blunder in the eighth inning cost them a chance to tie the game.

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New York was leading 4-3 in the sixth and had two runners on when David Wright hit a two-out drive to the gap in left-center. Heisey raced over and stretched out for a splendid, backhand grab that saved two runs.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce singled off Tim Byrdak (2-1) in the seventh before Heisey hit the first pitch from Josh Stinson over the 16-foot fence in left field. Heisey, who has 18 home runs in 271 at-bats this year, finished with three hits.

"I'm happy with that. I wouldn't have expected it coming into the year," Heisey said. "I never was a home run hitter until this year, really. I couldn't really tell you why I'm hitting home runs now."

The speedy Reyes lined an RBI double into the right-field corner to cut it to 6-5 in the eighth, a ball that he normally would turn into a triple without much trouble. But the Mets have instructed Reyes to take it easy on his legs after hamstring injuries landed him on the disabled list twice during the summer, so he cruised toward second base at half-speed and appeared caught in-between.

Perhaps expecting a throw to the plate that would allow him to take third, Reyes took a wide turn around second -- much too far. The Reds threw behind him and he was easily tagged out.

Ruben Tejada followed with a single, then was caught stealing on a close play to end the inning.

"I went too far. I should have stayed there. I already was in scoring position," Reyes said. "I don't care about batting titles right now because we lost the game and I made a mistake running the bases and that cost us the game."

Reyes finished 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and a stolen base to raise his average to .334. Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun began the night at .333 before delivering a pinch-hit double against Pittsburgh and remaining in the game.

No member of the Mets -- or Brewers, for that matter -- has won a batting crown.

"It's huge. It's huge for him. It's huge for everybody. It's huge for this organization to have a guy who can do that," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I'm pulling for him, for sure."

A sparse crowd, announced at 28,651, cheered when the big video board in center field showed that Reyes' second hit had tied him with Braun at .333.

Collins said he might sit Reyes in the season finale Wednesday afternoon, depending on how he feels. However, Collins said the batting race could factor into his decision.

Reyes can become a free agent after the season and might be playing his final games with the Mets, who signed him when he was 16.

"Tomorrow and the next day are going to be tough for me," he said. "I can't let that go through my head. But like I said, I have to stay focused like always. I'm going to think about it, no doubt, but I don't know what's going to happen to me in the future."

Logan Ondrusek (5-5) got one out for the win and Francisco Cordero escaped a jam in the ninth to earn his 36th save in 42 chances. After his first two batters reached safely, Cordero threw out a runner at third on a bunt and then got Josh Thole to ground into a game-ending double play.

With his 326th save, Cordero tied Roberto Hernandez for 12th place on the career list. It was his 149th for Cincinnati, breaking a tie with John Franco for second place in team history behind Danny Graves (182).

Baker signed the lineup card for Cordero and wrote a nice message on it.

"It's amazing. Like I said before, it's unbelievable. It shows that I'm doing my job the right way," Cordero said. "I've got a lot of lineups this year because I've been passing a lot of people. It's nice. I mean, every time I see a lineup in my locker it tells me that something good happened that night."

Reds starter Homer Bailey allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. He was tagged for 12 hits and a career-high nine runs over four-plus innings in a 10-9 loss to the Mets in late July, when New York completed a four-game sweep at Cincinnati.

Notes

RHP Bronson Arroyo (9-12) starts Tuesday night for Cincinnati. Coming off his first complete game of the season, he needs nine innings pitched to reach 200 for the seventh straight year. ... Heisey started in CF in place of Drew Stubbs, who was rested. Stubbs entered on defense in the seventh, shifting Heisey to left. Baker said Stubbs will play the final two games. ... Baker was interested to hear that the Mets are considering changes to the dimensions at spacious Citi Field for next year. "I thought it was too big in the first place," he said. ... Wright was hit behind his left shoulder by a pitch from Cordero. He was shaken up but stayed in the game. ... The Mets were missing their entire starting outfield because of injuries or illness. LF Jason Bay, sidelined with a sinus infection, went to the doctor for some new medication, Collins said. ... The Mets are 3-10 in their last 13 home games.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5110003 .300
Edgar Renteria, SS4010000 .250
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .211
Joey Votto, 1B4111011 .312
Jay Bruce, RF5110021 .255
Chris Heisey, CF-LF5233010 .258
Juan Francisco, 3B4010011 .256
Dave Sappelt, LF2111100 .243
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .500
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C3011104 .186
Homer Bailey, P2000013 .282
   a- Yonder Alonso, PH1000013 .337
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Drew Stubbs, CF1000010 .242
Totals36610628  
a-struck out for Bailey in the 6th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (38, Schwinden), Edgar Renteria (14, Schwinden), Devin Mesoraco (3, Schwinden)
HR - Chris Heisey (18, Stinson)
SF - Joey Votto (6)
SH - Edgar Renteria (6), Dave Sappelt (4)
RBI - Joey Votto (102), Chris Heisey 3 (50), Dave Sappelt (5), Devin Mesoraco (6)
2-OUT RBI - Dave Sappelt (2), Devin Mesoraco (2)
SB - Chris Heisey (6, 2nd base off Schwinden/Thole), Dave Sappelt (1, 2nd base off Schwinden/Thole)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1
DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 5944170 4.43
Bill Bray 0.2100120 3.04
Logan Ondrusek (W,5-5) 0.1000000 3.23
Nick Masset (H,14) 1000020 3.76
Jose Arredondo (H,4) 1211110 3.29
Francisco Cordero (S,36) 1100000 2.49
HBP - Satin (by Homer Bailey), Wright (by Francisco Cordero)
WP - Homer Bailey (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 102-65, Bill Bray 18-10, Logan Ondrusek 5-2, Nick Masset 19-12, Jose Arredondo 20-9, Francisco Cordero 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-3, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Bill Bray 4, Logan Ondrusek 1, Nick Masset 3, Jose Arredondo 4, Francisco Cordero 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4132000 .334
Ruben Tejada, 2B5130012 .283
Willie Harris, LF4020112 .255
David Wright, 3B4111014 .255
Nick Evans, RF-1B5022024 .256
Josh Thole, C5010002 .266
Josh Satin, 1B2000010 .182
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
   a- Val Pascucci, PH1000010 .300
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Jason Pridie, CF4110033 .235
Chris Schwinden, P1000110 .167
    Mike Baxter, RF1100110 .214
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2B - Jose Reyes (31, Arredondo), Willie Harris (11, Cordero), Nick Evans (9, Bailey)
3B - Jason Pridie (3, Bailey)
SF - Jose Reyes (4)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (42), David Wright (60), Nick Evans 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (14), Nick Evans 2 (14)
SB - Jose Reyes (38, 2nd base off Bray/Mesoraco)
CS - Ruben Tejada (1, 2nd base by Arredondo/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Chris Schwinden (1, Misplayed grounder), David Wright (19, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
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Chris Schwinden 5532150 4.71
Danny Herrera0200000 4.82
Ryota Igarashi (H,2) 1.1000010 4.86
Tim Byrdak (L,2-1)0222000 3.86
Josh Stinson (BS,1) 0.2111101 7.50
Dale Thayer 1000010 2.89
Bobby Parnell 1000010 3.66
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Pitches-Strikes - Chris Schwinden 87-53, Danny Herrera 5-3, Ryota Igarashi 14-10, Tim Byrdak 7-4, Josh Stinson 15-8, Dale Thayer 10-7, Bobby Parnell 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Schwinden 3-8, Danny Herrera 1-0, Ryota Igarashi 2-1, Dale Thayer 1-1, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Schwinden 22, Danny Herrera 3, Ryota Igarashi 4, Tim Byrdak 2, Josh Stinson 4, Dale Thayer 3, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28651
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Ted Barrett