May 17, 2012: Mets Come Back to Defeat Reds

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Date: May 17, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 9
Reds: 4
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): David Wright, Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Ronny Cedeno
Key play: Duda’s and Wright’s doubles, Turner’s sacrifice fly, Cedeno’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets came back from a four-run deficit for a 9-4 win over Cincinnati.

R. A. Dickey and the Reds’ Mat Latos each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. With one out in the top of the fourth, Joey Votto homered for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Dickey retired Brandon Phillips on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright and struck out Jay Bruce to end the inning. Latos then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the fifth, Ryan Ludwick was hit by a pitch. Todd Frazier drew a walk and Ryan Hanigan doubled to drive home Ludwick. Latos hit a sacrifice fly to score Frazier and advance Hanigan to third base. With Zach Cozart at bat, a passed ball by catcher Mike Nickeas allowed Hanigan to score the Reds’ fourth run. Dickey then fanned both Cozart and Drew Stubbs to close out the inning.

Andres Torres got a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and a wild pitch advanced Torres to second base. Wright drew a walk and a double by Lucas Duda plated Torres and David. Matos then got Daniel Murphy on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Bruce.

Votto singled to begin the top of the sixth inning. Phillips followed with a double to send Votto to third base. Bruce was retired on a foul pop-up to second baseman Murphy, after which Votto was out at home via Daniel’s throw to catcher Nickeas to complete a double play. Dickey then got Ludwick to ground out to shortstop Ronny Cedeno and end the inning.

Ike Davis drew a walk to open the bottom of the sixth. Cedeno singled and Latos was replaced on the mound by Cincinnati reliever J. J. Hoover. Nickeas reached on an error by third baseman Frazier to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Davis and cut the Reds’ lead to 4-3. Torres was retired on a foul pop-up to Frazier. Hoover then fanned Nieuwenhuis for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman issued a walk to Wright to begin the bottom half. Duda singled and Murphy reached on an error by center fielder Stubbs to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Justin Turner scored Wright to tie the game. Cedeno went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston walked to reload the bases. Chapman then threw a called third strike past Baxter to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell held the Reds to a single by Phillips in a scoreless top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Rob Johnson got a bunt single against the Reds’ Logan Ondrusek. Wright doubled to score Johnson and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Duda flied out to Bruce and an intentional walk to Murphy ensued. Turner singled to drive home Wright and send Murphy to third base. Cedeno followed with a three-run homer. Ondrusek then retired pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Votto.

To start the top of the ninth inning, Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco got Ludwick to pop out to Murphy. Frazier lined out to right fielder Duda and a walk to Hanigan followed. Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey doubled to left field. Francisco then retired Cozart on a grounder to first baseman Turner to end the game. The Mets had a solid come-from-behind victory.