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National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at New York



(Tuesday, May 21st)

Final Score: Cincinnati 4, New York 0

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Leake held New York's floundering offense to just three hits over seven innings of work, and the Cincinnati Reds shut out the Mets, 4-0, on Tuesday to take the second test of a three-game set.

The Reds managed only seven hits, but took advantage of a two-out error by Mets third baseman David Wright to score two of their three first-inning runs.

That's all the support Leake (4-2) needed to notch his third straight victory and fourth in five games. The righty struck out four and set down nine of the last 10 New York batters he faced.

"Leake threw a great ball game," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He had it all going on tonight, his last start too and the start before that. He's throwing the ball well."

Devin Mesoraco forced a run in with a bases-loaded walk then hit a solo homer in the ninth to help the Reds to their ninth win in 11 games.

After a lengthy first inning, Jonathon Niese (3-5) settled in and went on to record a season-best seven strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from a feeble lineup which has produced a combined eight hits in the last two games.

The Mets have won just two of their last 12 contests at Citi Field, where they have scored less than three runs in nine straight. Lucas Duda and John Buck each doubled and were stranded in scoring position.

Niese managed to toss six innings after a frustrating start. He retired the first two batters he faced but then needed 41 more pitches to get through the opening frame.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each worked walks around a single from Brandon Phillips, and Cincinnati sent Todd Frazier to the plate with the bases loaded.

Frazier hit a hard but playable ball toward third, but Wright let the ball go through the wickets and the miscue allowed two runs to score.

An infield single from Donald Lutz reloaded the bases, but after Niese walked Mesoraco to make it 3-0 Reds, he bounced back from the 48-pitch frame to retire 16 of the last 19 batters he faced without giving up another run.

"He really pitched well after the first inning," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "He started making pitches and throwing strikes."

Leake didn't give the Mets many opportunities to score, but his toughest test came in the fourth after issuing a walk to Duda and surrendering a two-out double to Buck.

That brought up the struggling Ike Davis, who grounded out softly to first to end the threat. New York's first base man is hitless in his last 24 chances with runners in scoring position and mired in a 1-for-36 slump overall.

"It's all part of playing here," said Collins about the crowd booing Davis. "When you're scuffling, you got to be a big boy and face it and I think Ike has handled it very well so far."

Reds relievers Sam LeCure and Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, and Mesoraco delivered a solo blast in the Reds' final turn at-bat.

Game Notes

New York has lost nine of its last 12 games overall ... Mets reliever Scott Rice made his major league-leading 27th appearance out of the bullpen, tossing a scoreless eighth ... The Reds have won 11 of their last 15 road games ... Votto went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

05/22 02:24:20 ET

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6th
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
1st
DUKE 0
UTAH 0
 
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
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WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
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TOR 4
DET 1
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CHC 6
CWS 3
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OAK 7
TEX 6
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ANA 2
ARI 7
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ARI 3
CLE 2
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HOU 0
MIA 0
 
4th
KAN 2
SEA 0
 
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6th
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
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ORL 97
DET 111
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PHI 98
LAC 119
4th
NYK 81
BOS 88
 
Final
BRK 106
CLE 98
 
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TOR 94
LAL 83
 
Final
ATL 99
MIA 86
 
4th
MEM 69
GSW 87
 
4th
HOU 94
MIN 84
 
4th
NOP 88
SAC 74
 
3rd
SAN 56
DAL 48
 
2nd
DEN 37
UTA 31
 
10:00pm Tonight
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GONZ 74
UCLA 62
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
1st
DUKE 0
UTAH 0
 
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3rd
MIN 1
CAL 1
 
2nd
CHI 2
CLB 4
 
1st
EDM 1
DAL 0