Tonight the Mets continued to dominate the first game of a road series with their 7th of those such wins in a row. This one was not easily achieved for the Mets. Both the Mets and the Reds entered the game with identical records. With Dickey and Leake locked in a pitchers dual the Reds finally struck first with a single from Cairo and a double from Phillips in the 6th to give them the lead 1-0. RA escaped anymore harm after a double play from Ramon Hernandez.
Their lead would be short lived as the Reds would send back out Leake who had been a master of stranding runners in the first 6 innings as the Mets had stranded 10 runners going into the 7th inning. With over 100 pitches starting the inning Leake retired Dickey only to give up back to back singles to Reyes and Turner producing a 1st and 3rd with one out situation. Beltran promptly delivered the game tying sacfly to CF plating Reyes. The New Mets did not stop there. A single from Wright was followed by back to back doubles from Murphy and Bay scoring 3 more runs leaving the Mets with a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th inning RA ran into trouble and gave up a double to the only guy that seemed to be able to hit Dickey, Paul Janish. Stubs singled in Janish making the score 4-2. Beato and Byrdak were able to get out of the inning.
The Mets managed to also avoid disaster in the 9th inning after Izzy retired the first batter but was put into trouble on the next batter after a Wright fielding error. Izzy rebounded to strikeout the next batter Stubs then gave up a Baltimore chop to 900 year old Miguel Cairo leaving runners on 1st and 2nd with the winning run Jay Bruce at the plate. Izzy walked Bruce loading the bases for Brandon Phillips who ended the game with a 4 pitch strike out.
The Mets evened their record at 51-51 and left the Reds 50-52. Tomorrow has Jon Niese toeing the mound vs. Johnny Cueto. Check out the preview here.