Injury-riddled Mets overpower Reds

BY foxsports • July 12, 2009

Gary Sheffield had three RBIs and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs to key a rare robust offense, Mike Pelfrey pitched seven sharp innings and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-7 on Sunday.

The Citi Field crowd of 40,014 took delight in the Mets' best offensive output at home since June 24, when they scored 11 against St. Louis. They even chanted for the appearance of the home run apple in center field after Fernando Tatis hit a pinch-hit homer an out after Brian Schneider led off the seventh with New York's first home run in 80 innings.

The apple popped up at the end of the inning.

Luis Castillo had three hits and scored three runs, David Wright hit a long RBI double and Jeff Francoeur had two hits in his second game with New York. The Mets amassed 16 hits in improving to 8-12 since Carlos Beltran went on the DL June 22.

The Mets needed the offense after the bullpen nearly wasted a 9-3 lead. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a run in the ninth but finished for his 23rd save.

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