Mets 3, Reds 1

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NEW YORK (AP)—Al Leiter was thrilled to be back in the win column.

Leiter pitched seven scoreless innings to win for the first time in more than a month as the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Friday night.

“I was a lot more aggressive, that’s my intention. I kind of lost that,” Leiter said.

Jose Reyes had three hits and scored twice for the Mets. Leiter (9-5) allowed six hits and two walks, ending his personal three-game losing streak. He spent some time on the disabled list with a knee injury and had not won since June 18 at Florida.

Leiter said he lost several pounds, but was evasive when asked for a number.

“I lost some weight. That’s something I wanted to do,” the left-hander said.

“That’s pretty standard stuff for anyone with knee problems, back problems. You don’t want to carry that extra weight.”

Reyes scored on a throwing error in the fourth and on Jason Phillips’ RBI single in the eighth after his line drive to left was misplayed into a triple by Brandon Larson.

New York scored single runs in the fourth and seventh off Danny Graves (4-11), and shoddy fielding played a role both times.

“If we make the plays on defense, he throws a shutout,” Reds manager Bob Boone said.

Cincinnati’s Jose Guillen greeted reliever Dan Wheeler with a solo homer, his 21st of the season, leading off the eighth inning.

Mike Stanton relieved Wheeler and earned his first save of the year by getting six outs as the Mets improved to 4-0 against the Reds this season.

Graves allowed 11 hits in eight innings for his second complete game in 21 starts.

Cincinnati, statistically the worst defensive team in the majors, gave the Mets the game’s first run in the fourth inning with a throwing error by first baseman Adam Dunn that enabled Reyes to score.

Reyes opened the inning with a drag bunt single and was running when Phillips hit a chopper to third baseman Aaron Boone.

Boone threw out Phillips but Reyes raced toward third and Dunn’s return throw sailed down the left-field line, allowing Reyes to score.

“I saw that the third baseman, he never looked at me, so I kept going,” Reyes said.

Vance Wilson was credited with an RBI triple when his hit bounced past right fielder Guillen in the seventh after Ty Wigginton singled with one out.

Leiter pitched his way out of several jams, with the Reds leaving eight runners on in the first six innings as well as having two thrown out stealing.

Leiter struck out Dunn to leave the bases loaded in the third and got Guillen and Dunn with two on in the fifth.

Leiter saw the Dunn strikeout as the key out in the game.

“Bases loaded and Danny Graves was obviously on his game. That could have blown the game wide open,” Leiter said.

Bob Boone was pleased with Graves’ effort.

“His pitch count was up (124 pitches), that’s the most he’s thrown this year, but he still had something left in the tank,” he said.

Wilson’s triple ended an 0-for-29 slump.


D’Angelo Jimenez’s single in the third 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. … Reyes matched his career high with three hits forthe fourth time. … Roger Cedeno also had three hits for the Mets.

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