May 4, 2010: Barajas's Blast Beats Reds

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Date: May 4, 2010
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 5
Reds: 4
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, David Wright, Rod Barajas
Key play: Barajas’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-eight-minute game at the Great American Ball Park. Rod Barajas homered in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 5-4 win.

Angel Pagan singled against Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo to lead off the top of the first. Pagan advanced to third base on a single by Luis Castillo and came home on Jose Reyes’ single to center field. Jason Bay followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Scott Rolen. Arroyo then got David Wright on a grounder to Rolen for an inning-ending double play.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Brandon Phillips hit a home run against Mets’ starter John Maine to tie the game. Maine struck out the next two batters to end the inning and Ike Davis singled to open the top of the second. Arroyo fanned both Jeff Francoeur and Barajas and got Maine on a ground ball to shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the third out of the inning. Jay Bruce drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Cabrera popped out to second baseman Castillo and a strikeout of Laynce Nix ensued. Ryan Hanigan hit a single on which right fielder Francoeur made an error that allowed Bruce to score for a 2-1 Cincinnati lead. Maine then retired Arroyo on a line drive to Francoeur for the inning’s final out.

Arroyo set down the Mets on three consecutive infield ground balls in the top of the third. Maine shut down the Reds in the bottom half and Bay flied out to right fielder Bruce to open the top of the fourth inning. Wright followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Davis grounded out to first baseman Joey Votto and a fly ball by Francoeur was caught by left fielder Nix to end the inning. Maine pitched a perfect bottom half and Arroyo retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. John then set down all three Cincinnati batters in the bottom of the inning.

Castillo drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Reyes doubled and Bay hit a sacrifice fly that plated Castillo from third base. Jose advanced to third after Wright’s fly out to Bruce and a walk to Davis followed. Francoeur hit a single to drive home Reyes and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Arroyo retired Barajas on a pop-up to Cabrera to finish off the inning. Maine then limited the Reds to a single by Votto in the bottom half.

Arroyo set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. New York reliever Jenrry Mejia hurled a perfect bottom half and Cincinnati’s Carlos Fisher struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Votto slugged a solo home run against the Mets’ Fernando Nieve. Rolen followed with a homer that tied the game at 4-4. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then retired Bruce on a grounder to Castillo to end the inning.

Reds’ reliever Francisco Cordero got Davis on a line drive to Nix to begin the top of the ninth. Francoeur went down on strikes and Barajas came to bat. Rod clouted a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Cordero then retired pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto on a ground ball to second baseman Phillips for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Cabrera on a grounder to shortstop Reyes to start the bottom of the ninth. Nix also grounded out to Reyes. Rodriguez then got Hanigan to fly out to Francoeur and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Barajas’s late blast.