Reds 7, Mets 3
Jay Bruce thought he sailed around the bases without much
trouble at all. His teammates saw it differently, so they didn’t
pass up a chance to razz the All-Star slugger when he got back to
Bruce hit an inside-the-park homer that left Jason Bay with yet
another injury and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 7-3
on Friday night to give Bronson Arroyo his first victory in 5 1/2
”They said I looked terrible when I got to the dugout. But I
thought I looked fine. I felt fine,” Bruce said as a teammate
yelled out ”speed demon!” in the clubhouse. ”Had enough gas to
be safe, so that’s all that matters.”
Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot to extend his recent
hitting tear and the NL Central leaders followed up a three-game
sweep of intrastate rival Cleveland by winning the series opener at
Citi Field, a nice present for manager Dusty Baker on his 63rd
”First time I won on my birthday in I don’t know how long,”
Baker said. ”You can look it up. It ain’t good.”
Reds slugger Joey Votto and Mets star David Wright were both hit
by pitches, but neither led to any trouble.
”That’s the way you play the game,” Wright said, just about
accepting that he was plunked on purpose in retaliation for Votto.
”I know we didn’t hit Joey on purpose, but you take care of your
guys. We’d have done the same thing. I appreciate them keeping the
ball down, doing it the right way.”
Bay was hurt when he crashed into the left-field wall while
trying to catch Bruce’s inside-the-park homer. The Mets said he
left the game with a possible concussion, the latest setback for a
player who has been an injury-plagued bust in New York since
signing a $66 million, four-year contract before the 2010
”He looked banged up. He looked like he just had a concussion.
Especially, you look at the replay and see how his head hit the
wall,” Wright said.
Bay missed the final two months of his first season with the
Mets because of a concussion he sustained while slamming into the
left-field fence to make a catch at Dodger Stadium.
”It’s a combination of the way he hustles, and bad luck. You
feel for him. You know the way he’s worked to overcome some of
these injuries,” Wright said. ”Obviously, with the head injury,
you know you’ve got to be very careful.”
Arroyo, who was 0-3 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on May
7, found his form against one of his favorite opponents. The
right-hander entered 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA and three complete games
in his previous 12 starts against the Mets – with five other
outings that lasted eight innings.
This time, Arroyo (3-4) was pulled in the seventh after giving
up Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ third homer in two games and a two-run drive
by Scott Hairston. Using his usual array of slow breaking balls and
odd angles, Arroyo yielded four hits while striking out five and
”At this point in the season, with two wins, I’ll take a win
any way I can get one,” Arroyo said. ”I was happy with the
performance. I did pretty much what I wanted with the lineup.”
Wilson Valdez, making his first major league start in center
field, had a two-run double and three RBIs for Cincinnati. Jose
Arredondo, Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman each worked a hitless
inning out of the bullpen.
”That’s how you script it,” Baker said.
New York starter Dillon Gee (4-5) gave up four runs – three
earned – and five hits in six innings. The Mets had just returned
from Tampa Bay, where they outscored the Rays 29-9 for a three-game
sweep that salvaged a 4-5 road trip against three of baseball’s top
Bruce led off the second inning with an opposite-field drive
into the left-field corner. Bay raced back, tumbled to the warning
track as the ball barely eluded him and then hit his head against
the lower part of the fence.
Bay, recently activated from the disabled list, struggled to get
to his feet and find the ball. He finally fired it toward the
infield, but Bruce slid across the plate to easily beat the
It was Cincinnati’s first inside-the-park homer since Drew
Stubbs hit one against Toronto on June 17, 2011. The previous
inside-the-park shot against the Mets was hit by Blake DeWitt of
the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 6, 2008.
Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to
check on Bay, who limped slightly as he walked off the field with
Ramirez. Wright patted Bay on the head.
Hairston took over in left field. Moments later, he bobbled Ryan
Ludwick’s double down the left-field line for an error that allowed
a run to score.
Bay is batting .187 with four home runs and six RBIs. He was on
the disabled list from April 24 until June 6 with a broken rib and
is 2 for 25 with a home run since being activated.
”I feel terrible for him. He’s had a tough go of it here,”
NOTES: Mets INF Justin Turner (sprained right ankle) was
traveling to New York from his rehab assignment with Triple-A
Buffalo in anticipation of being activated Saturday, the club said.
… Cincinnati placed Stubbs on the 15-day DL with a strained
muscle on his left side and called up utilityman Willie Harris from
Triple-A Louisville. Harris, who spent last season with the Mets,
opened the ninth with a pinch-hit double and scored on Valdez’s
single. … Chris Heisey, who had been subbing for Stubbs in
center, sat out after leaving Thursday’s game against Cleveland
with a mild groin strain.