Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Leake held New York's floundering offense
to just three hits over seven innings of work, and the Cincinnati Reds shut
out the Mets, 4-0, on Tuesday to take the second test of a three-game set.
The Reds managed only seven hits, but took advantage of a two-out error by
Mets third baseman David Wright to score two of their three first-inning runs.
That's all the support Leake (4-2) needed to notch his third straight victory
and fourth in five games. The righty struck out four and set down nine of the
last 10 New York batters he faced.
Devin Mesoraco forced a run in with a bases-loaded walk and then hit a solo
homer in the ninth to help the Reds to their ninth win in 11 games.
After a lengthy first inning, Jonathon Niese (3-5) settled in and went on to
record a season-best seven strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from a feeble
lineup which has produced a combined eight hits in the last two games.
The Mets have won just two of their last 12 contests at Citi Field, where they
have scored less than three runs in nine straight. Lucas Duda and John Buck
each doubled and were stranded in scoring position.
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