|Cincinnati (28-18) «||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||7||0|
|N.Y. Mets (17-26)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
NEW YORK -- Any time a starting pitcher steps into the batter's box before he stands on the mound, he's in pretty good shape. Mike Leake enjoyed that luxury Tuesday night.
Leake, one of the majors' best-hitting pitchers, struck out to end the top of the first inning. The Reds already led 3-0 by then, scoring all those runs after Wright let a bases-loaded, two-out grounder skip through his legs.
"It always helps a little bit," Leake said. "It helps you relax a little bit. It lets you attack hitters, instead of being timid."
Devin Mesoraco homered as the Reds won for the ninth time in 11 games. And for the second straight day, they opened a 3-0 lead over the Mets in the opening inning.
Leake (4-2) struck out four, walked two and became the latest pitcher to shut down the Mets at Citi Field. New York has lost 10 of 12 at home, rarely scoring many runs.
Leake escaped his biggest jam by retiring slumping Ike Davis on a grounder with runners on second and third to end the fourth.
"Everything was seeming to work," Leake said.
The 25-year-old righty has never pitched a shutout in the majors, and was pulled for reliever Sam LeCure to begin the eighth.
LeCure and Logan Ondrusek each threw a hitless inning to finish up.
Jonathon Niese (3-5) wasn't charged with an earned run, but he hurt himself with continuing control troubles. He walked three, all on full counts in the first inning.
Todd Frazier followed with a hard grounder right at Wright, and the ball bounced under his glove and let two runs score. Earlier this season, Wright ran his errorless streak to 77 games, a team record for third basemen.
"That ball was scorched," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I know they called it an error, but whatever happened to the old `too hot to handle?"'
Either way, the Reds were on their way.
"It was hit sharply and just got a tricky in-between hop," Wright said. "I looked at the replay and trying to learn what I could have done differently and really couldn't do much."
"Just wish the ball would have found the glove because Jon Niese settled in and was fantastic those next five innings and really did a nice job saving the bullpen. So I wish I could have made that one," he said. "When things aren't going so great, one play like that can cost you a game and it did today."
Donald Lutz then beat out an infield hit that reloaded the bases and Mesoraco drew another walk that forced home a run. Niese struck out Leake to end an inning in which he threw 48 pitches, and walked off the mound holding the glove in his throwing hand.
"That's what you want to do -- jump `em early," Baker said. "Break the spirit of the opposing pitcher. A lot times, they think they're throwing good in the bullpen and then, `What happened?"'
Mesoraco hit reliever Collin McHugh's first pitch in the ninth for his second home run.
Votto extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Bruce's string ended at 11.
|Mike Leake lowers his ERA down to 3.25 after spinning seven shutout innings against the skidding Mets. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Derrick Robinson, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||.281|
|Zack Cozart, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.206|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.353|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.280|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Donald Lutz, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.278|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.234|
|Mike Leake, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.217|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jack Hannahan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.216|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for LeCure in the 9th|
|2B - Todd Frazier (9, Niese)|
|HR - Devin Mesoraco (2, McHugh)|
|RBI - Devin Mesoraco 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Devin Mesoraco (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Mike Leake (W,4-2)||7||3||0||0||2||4||0||3.25|
|Sam LeCure (H,6)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 99-61, Sam LeCure 18-10, Logan Ondrusek 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 11-6, Logan Ondrusek 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Sam LeCure 4, Logan Ondrusek 3|
|New York Mets|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.292|
|Mike Baxter, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.222|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.301|
|Lucas Duda, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.226|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.213|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.149|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.210|
|Jonathon Niese, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Rice, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.215|
|Collin McHugh, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Rice in the 8th|
|2B - Lucas Duda (7, Leake), John Buck (4, Leake)|
|SH - Jonathon Niese (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - David Wright (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (L,3-5)||6||5||3||0||3||7||0||4.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 106-74, LaTroy Hawkins 11-8, Scott Rice 9-7, Collin McHugh 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-4, Scott Rice 1-0, Collin McHugh 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Scott Rice 3, Collin McHugh 4|
|Attendance - 23183|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion|