Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 1, Reds 0
By Mark Schmetzer | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
CINCINNATI -- Juan Centeno did what St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina couldn't -- he threw out Billy Hamilton.
The Reds' rookie base-stealing sensation saw his career-opening streak of consecutive successful stolen base attempts snapped at 13 when the Mets catcher threw him out easily at second base to end the fifth inning of New York’s 1-0 win on Wednesday.
Centeno, with help from Daisuke Matsuzaka's quickness to the plate, didn’t even need a pitch out to cut down Hamilton, which was crucial in the tight ballgame.
Matsuzaka (3-3) won his third consecutive start after losing his first three starts as a Met and receiving a no-decision in his fourth.
The Mets won the final two games of the series to finish 41-40 on the road, the second time in the past three seasons they’ve finished over .500 away from home.
Streaking: Daniel Murphy, who went into the game hitting .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles and two RBIs in his career against Reds starter Mat Latos, wasted no time extending his current hitting streak to seven games. Murphy sharply lined a single to center field with two outs in the first inning and then stole second, extending his streak of consecutive successful attempts to 20. He’d been tied with Tommie Agee for the third-longest streak in club history and now is one shy of tying Kevin McReynolds, who stole 21 straight without being caught in 1988.
What’s next: Right-hander Dillon Gee is the Mets’ scheduled starter on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. as they open their final series of the season, a four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Gee is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in two career appearances, both of them starts, against Milwaukee. That includes an 8-0 loss on May 15, 2012, when the Brewers roughed him up for eight hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings.