Cincinnati (44-58) at New York (43-59)

  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jul 26, 2003
  • TV: FSOH
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The New York Mets look to remain undefeated against the Cincinnati Reds this season when the teams continue their weekend series at Shea Stadium.

New York improved to 4-0 against Cincinnati in 2003 with Friday’s 3-1 victory. Al Leiter pitched seven scoreless innings, while Jose Reyes and Roger Cedeno each had three hits.

The win was just the fourth in the last 16 games for the Mets, who opened a 10-game homestand against NL Central teams.

Reyes, the Mets’ touted rookie shortstop, had his fourth three-hit game. He has had six two-hit games in his last seven contests.

Another highly regarded rookie will start this game for the Mets as Aaron Heilman, the 18th pick in the 2001 draft, comes off his first win in the majors on Monday.

Reds starter Jose Acevedo is also coming off his first win of the season. After making one relief appearance following his recall, the 25-year-old right-hander was superb in his first start, giving up two hits in seven scoreless innings of an 11-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Cincinnati has lost four straight and eight of nine. The Reds gave away a run Friday with an error, their major league-leading 98th of the season, and another miscue that wasn’t ruled an error contributed to another run.

“If we make the plays on defense, he throws a shutout,” Reds manager Bob Boone said of Danny Graves, who pitched a complete game.

STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place, 11 1/2 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 25 GB, NL East.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Acevedo (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Acevedo is 10-9 in 26 major league appearances. He has never faced the Mets.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Heilman (1-2, 7.18 ERA). Heilman allowed four runs in five innings to beat Philadelphia 8-6 on Monday. It was only the second time in five outings that the rookie right-hander allowed fewer than five runs. He lasted just four innings and yielded five runs in the Mets’ 7-5 victory over the Reds on July 6.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Jose Guillen, .342 avg.; Adam Dunn, 25 HRs and 59 runs; Aaron Boone, 63 RBIs and 13 SBs. Mets - Jason Phillips, .324 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 16 HRs and 54 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 54 runs; Wigginton and Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Mets, 4-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - All four losses during Cincinnati’s current losing streak have been by two or fewer runs, dropping the Reds’ record to 29-24 in such close games. … 2B D’Angelo Jimenez’s single in the third Friday gave him at least one hit in his first 15 games with the Reds, the longest streak for a player from the start of his Cincinnati career. … The Reds have dropped five games in the NL Central standings since the All-Star break. Mets - Opponents are batting .299 against Heilman, who is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three home starts. … The Mets are batting .302 (61-for-202) in their last six games. … LHP Mike Stanton earned his first save of the season Friday.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 22-29 on the road; Mets - 21-28 at home.

INJURIES: Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL.

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J. Acevedo BAL vs. A. Heilman TEX
2-0 Record 2-7
2.67 ERA 6.75
23 K 51
6 BB 41
0.85 WHIP 1.84