Game 27: Mets @ Reds

9:48 p.m.: K-Rod converts his fourth save. Mets win 5-4.

9:38 p.m.: Rod Barajas gives the Mets back the lead. He belts a solo homer to left field with two out in the ninth off closer Francisco Cordero, giving the Amazins a 5-4 lead.

9:27 p.m.: Make that back-to-back homers off Fernando Nieve. Scott Rolen takes him deep, too. It's 4-4.

9:25 p.m.: Fernando Nieve surrenders a solo homer to dead-center by Joey Votto with two out in the eighth. The Mets now have a 4-3 lead.

9:13 p.m.: Jenrry Mejia tosses a scoreless seventh with the Mets nursing a two-run lead, including shattering Ryan Hanigan's bat on a grounder to shortstop. That, by the way, is why Mejia is in the major league bullpen rather than starting for Double-A Binghamton.

8:58 p.m.: Looks like John Maine's night should be done, with an identical total to Oliver Perez's two runs allowed in six innings the previous night. Maine has tossed 102 pitches. Only one of the two runs charged to Maine was earned. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two.

8:44 p.m.: The Mets pick up a second run in the sixth when Jeff Francoeur's grounder down the third base line is knocked down on a backhand by Scott Rolen, who is unable to make any play. The infield single scores Jose Reyes. Francoeur had been 1-for-his-last-14 against Bronson Arroyo before the hit. Mets 4, Reds 2.

8:41 p.m.: Jason Bay's sacrifice fly gives the Mets a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Luis Castillo, who walked and advanced to third on Jose Reyes' double, scored.

8:08 p.m.: David Wright now is tied with Rod Barajas for the team lead in homers with six. Wright took Bronson Arroyo deep for a solo shot in the fourth. It's 2-2. Wright's shot was estimated at 455 feet. His sixth homer didn't come until July 25 last season, in his 95th game. Wright has three homers in his past five games.

7:47 p.m.: Cincinnati takes a 2-1 lead in the second, although the run was unearned. With Jay Bruce on first base and two out, No. 8 hitter Ryan Hanigan singled to right field. Jeff Francoeur fired to third base, where the ball eluded David Wright and then John Maine, who may have been a shade late backing up. The ball went out of play, allowing Bruce to score. That was a tough break with the pitcher due up next. Bronson Arroyo then lined out to right field.

7:24 p.m.: The lead didn't last long. John Maine surrenders a solo homer to Brandon Phillips in the bottom of the first 1-1.

7:18 p.m.: The Mets opened the game with three straight singles against Bronson Arroyo, but ultimately came away with only one run. With Luis Castillo at third base, Jason Bay at first base after a fielder's choice and one out, David Wright grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Mets 1, Reds 0 as John Maine takes the mound.

7:10 p.m.: Lineups:


Angel Pagan, CF

Luis Castillo, 2B

Jose Reyes, SS

Jason Bay, LF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Rod Barajas, C

John Maine, RHP


Drew Stubbs, CF

Brandon Phillips, 2B

Joey Votto, 1B

Scott Rolen, 3B

Jay Bruce, RF

Orlando Cabrera, SS

Laynce Nix, LF

Ryan Hanigan, C

Bronson Arroyo, RHP