Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Cincinnati at New York

Scoreboard
Cincinnati (19-18)000130000482
N.Y. Mets (21-17) «00002115x9120

Mets foil Reds on Wright's double

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

NEW YORK -- When David Wright came to the plate for the last time, the Cincinnati Reds had little choice -- they had to pitch to him.

And Wright pounded them, the same way he's punished most everyone else this season.

Wright lined his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that raised his major league-leading average to .411 and sent the New York Mets past the Reds 9-4 Thursday.

"All is good," Wright said.

Down 4-0, the Mets began their comeback in the middle innings. Then, they were the surprise winners in a matchup of bullpens that were going in different directions, and spoiled the Reds' extended stay in New York.

Ronny Cedeno's three-run homer capped a five-run eighth against Logan Ondrusek (3-1), a burst that began with a neatly placed bunt single by backup catcher Rob Johnson with one out.

Wright was up next and, after his shot down the left-field line was inches foul, sent a one-hopper off the wall in center for a 5-4 lead.

Playing despite a cold that had him sniffling, he went 2 for 2, drew three walks, scored three runs and stole a base. Wright, meanwhile, said he can do better despite a .513 on-base percentage.

More on Reds-Mets
Related links
More MLB coverage

"I'm getting some pitches to hit and I'm just not putting them in play," he said.

Wright clapped after he pulled into second base with his go-ahead hit. More than an hour after the final out, Wright walked from the shower area to his locker as his teammates applauded.

"Give it up for my man!" second baseman Daniel Murphy shouted.

Wright scored the tying run in the seventh as the Mets became the first team this year to dent Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman had not allowed a run in 19 1/3 innings this season, striking out 34. But the rocket-armed Reds reliever issued a leadoff walk to Wright and a soft single to Lucas Duda to begin the inning.

Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs missed a sliding catch on Murphy's blooper and was charged with an error that loaded the bases, and pinch-hitter Justin Turner made it 4-all with a sacrifice fly. It was an unearned run and Chapman left with his 0.00 ERA intact, but the damage was done.

Turner added an RBI single in the eighth before Cedeno's first homer.

Cincinnati began the day with the best bullpen ERA in the NL while the Mets had among the worst. But a trio of Mets relievers pitched scoreless ball, with Bobby Parnell (1-0) getting the win.

"We didn't play well the last five innings. They didn't play well the first four innings," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

"Everything they did was right," he said.

The Reds move from Queens to the Bronx on Friday night for a series against the Yankees. Cincinnati is the first team to play both New York clubs on the same road trip since interleague play began in 1997.

Like any tourist coming to town, the Reds hope to avoid getting lost. It happened to one unidentified Cincinnati player this week when a taxi driver took him to Yankee Stadium instead of Citi Field, and he arrived late at the ballpark.

Joey Votto lined a solo home run off the facing of the second deck in right field to put Cincinnati ahead in the fourth.

A hit batter and a walk by R.A. Dickey set up Ryan Hanigan's run-scoring double in the Reds fifth and pitcher Mat Latos hit a sacrifice fly for his first RBI of the year, matching his total from last season.

A passed ball by Mike Nickeas let Hanigan score for a 4-0 lead. Nickeas wasn't the only catcher having trouble handling Dickey -- at one point, Johnson warmed him up in-between innings and missed three straight pitches.

Duda hit a two-out, two-run double in the Mets fifth. Right fielder Jay Bruce took an odd path, cutting over into the alley and watching the ball sail past him. When the inning ended, Bruce and Reds coach Billy Hatcher briefly discussed the play outside the dugout.

Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter's sacrifice fly drew the Mets to 4-3 in the sixth.

Notes

  • Wright is the first full-time player to be hitting at least .411 through May 17 or later since Chipper Jones was batting .412 on June 12, 2008, STATS LLC said.
  • 2B Murphy made a nifty play, ranging far into foul territory for an over-the-shoulder catch on Bruce's twisty popup, then wheeling to throw out Votto at the plate.
  • Cincinnati RHP Bronson Arroyo will start vs. LHP Andy Pettitte in the Reds' first game at the new Yankee Stadium.
  • The Mets begin interleague play at Toronto on Friday night, with LHP Jonathon Niese facing LHP Ricky Romero. Mets players and staff wore hockey jerseys for their trip to Canada.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
David Wright, getting praise from manager Terry Collins, punishes the Reds with his second double of the game. (Getty Images)
David Wright, getting praise from manager Terry Collins, punishes the Reds with his second double of the game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cedeno
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS5000023 .236
Drew Stubbs, CF4000030 .238
Joey Votto, 1B4121000 .317
Brandon Phillips, 2B4020000 .261
Jay Bruce, RF4000031 .291
Ryan Ludwick, LF3110001 .183
Todd Frazier, 3B3110111 .295
Ryan Hanigan, C3111111 .312
Mat Latos, P1001010 .000
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Costanzo, PH1000001 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Heisey, PH1010000 .256
Totals33483211  
a-lined out for Hoover in the 7th
b-doubled for Ondrusek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (5, Dickey), Todd Frazier (3, Rauch), Ryan Hanigan (4, Dickey), Chris Heisey (5, Francisco)
HR - Joey Votto (6, Dickey)
SF - Mat Latos (1)
RBI - Joey Votto (25), Ryan Hanigan (4), Mat Latos (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Todd Frazier (2, Misplayed grounder), Drew Stubbs (2, Dropped fly)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 5733370 4.63
J.J. Hoover (H,1) 1000010 0.96
Aroldis Chapman (BS,1) 1110220 0.00
Logan Ondrusek (L,3-1) 1455111 2.76
IBB - Murphy by Logan Ondrusek
WP - Mat Latos (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 100-65, J.J. Hoover 17-10, Aroldis Chapman 35-21, Logan Ondrusek 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 3-5, J.J. Hoover 1-2, Logan Ondrusek 1-1
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 25, J.J. Hoover 4, Aroldis Chapman 7, Logan Ondrusek 8
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5110022 .233
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF4010023 .291
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Rob Johnson, C1110000 .375
David Wright, 3B2321300 .411
Lucas Duda, RF5022024 .279
Daniel Murphy, 2B4120101 .331
Ike Davis, 1B2100102 .164
   a- Justin Turner, PH-1B1112000 .234
Ronny Cedeno, SS5123014 .219
Mike Nickeas, C2000022 .171
   b- Scott Hairston, PH0000100 .239
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   c- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000000 .105
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
R.A. Dickey, P2000010 .125
   d- Mike Baxter, PH-LF1001013 .364
Totals359129611  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Davis in the 7th
b-walked for Nickeas in the 7th
c-grounded out for Parnell in the 8th
d-hit a sacrifice fly for Dickey in the 6th
Batting
2B - David Wright 2 (12, Latos, Ondrusek), Lucas Duda (4, Latos), Daniel Murphy (11, Latos)
HR - Ronny Cedeno (1, Ondrusek)
SF - Justin Turner (1), Mike Baxter (1)
SH - Mike Nickeas (2)
RBI - David Wright (22), Lucas Duda 2 (20), Justin Turner 2 (8), Ronny Cedeno 3 (6), Mike Baxter (7)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 2 (11), Justin Turner (4), Ronny Cedeno 3 (3)
SB - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3, 2nd base off Latos/Hanigan), David Wright (4, 3rd base off Latos/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Nickeas
PB - Mike Nickeas 2 (3)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey 6543181 3.75
Jon Rauch 1100020 4.32
Bobby Parnell (W,1-0) 1100010 2.00
Frank Francisco 1100100 8.04
HBP - Ludwick (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 92-69, Jon Rauch 14-8, Bobby Parnell 15-9, Frank Francisco 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 5-4, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Frank Francisco 1-2
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 24, Jon Rauch 4, Bobby Parnell 4, Frank Francisco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29943
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Paul Emmel