Heilman is making his third start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk on June 26. The 24-year-old right-hander made his debut that day, losing 6-1 at home to Florida. He allowed just one earned run and six hits over six innings, but the Mets made four errors behind him.
Heilman turned in another solid outing Tuesday, but the bullpen cost him a win in New York’s 7-6 home triumph over Montreal. He gave up three earned runs and five hits over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision.
Despite the bad luck, the rookie remains unfazed.
“Certainly I would have liked to get the win,” he said. “As long as we win, that comes first. If I’m lucky enough to be the pitcher of record, then so be it.”
The Mets broke up Danny Graves’ no-hit bid in the seventh inning Saturday before rolling to a 6-2 victory. It was their fourth win in five games.
Cliff Floyd homered and drove in three runs for the Mets, and Jeromy Burnitz added two doubles and an RBI. Burnitz is batting .370 (10-for-27) over his last eight games with four homers and nine RBIs.
The Reds lost for the 10th time in 14 games.
The Reds haven’t been swept at home by the Mets since dropping a two-game set from April 28-29, 1997.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 16 GB, NL East. Reds - 4th place, 4 1/2 GB, NL Central.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Heilman (0-1, 2.77 ERA). Heilman was 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 16 starts in the minors.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Paul Wilson (5-5, 4.53 ERA). Wilson was selected first overall by the Mets in the 1994 draft, but never fulfilled his potential with New York due to an assortment of injuries. He is 3-1 over his last six starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer five times. The right-hander didn’t get the decision in the Reds’ 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs and six hits over six innings. Wilson is making his first career start against New York. He yielded two runs and three hits over 3 2-3 innings of relief in his only previous appearance against the Mets.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Floyd, .275 avg., and 47 RBIs; Burnitz, 16 HRs; Ty Wigginton, 50 runs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs. Reds - Sean Casey, .300 avg.; Adam Dunn, 23 HRs and 52 runs; Austin Kearns, 57 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 12 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mets, 2-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - The Mets haven’t been no-hit since Sept. 8, 1993, when Houston’s Darryl Kile did it. … OF Cedeno was a late scratch from the starting lineup Saturday because of a strained right triceps. Timo Perez took his place, going 1-for-4. … SS Jose Reyes was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game Saturday because of a tight hamstring. Reds - CF Ken Griffey Jr. was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday. He felt dizzy while warming up before the game. … OF Wily Mo Pena went on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring, injured while running out a fly ball on Friday. Pena was the Reds’ least-used player, going 3-for-35 (.086) with 15 strikeouts. … The Reds have committed a major league-high 80 errors.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 19-25 on the road; Reds - 21-21 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Reds - OF Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Kent Mercker (back), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL.