Mets 5, Reds 4

Posted: May 4, 2010 in Mets

I have to give the Mets some credit tonight. In years past, this was the type of game that you’d certainly put in the loss column.
Here’s the dish: John Maine looked very good for the second straight start, allowing an unearned run over six solid innings, fanning six. The Mets grabbed the lead with a pair of sixth-inning runs and held that 4-2 edge heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Fernando Nieve, who has been very good this season, entered the game and retired the first two hitters easily. Then, Joey Votto blasted a solo homer on a first-pitch fastball, and Scott Rolen followed with a homer to right-center to tie the game. Uh oh. I can’t really fault Nieve tonight, as Jerry Manuel seemingly uses the guy every night.
The Reds turned to their closer to keep the Mets at bay in the ninth. Francisco Cordero retired Ike Davis and Jeff Francoeur, but up stepped Rod Barajas, who laced Cordero’s first pitch over the wall for his seventh homer of the season. Clutch, clutch hit by Barajas. K-Rod came in and retired the side in order for the save, and the Mets won a game they had to have, snapping a three-game skid.
The Mets go for the series victory tomorrow afternoon, with lefty Jon Niese opposing Johnny Cueto.

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