Reds 8, Mets 5
NEW YORK (AP)—Winning at Shea Stadium made Sunday extra special for Paul Wilson.
“I’ll always have a special place in my heart for New York. This where I first pitched in the big leagues and I wish things had worked out differently,” Wilson said.
Wilson (6-8) made his second start and third career appearance against the team that selected him with the first pick of the 1994 amateur draft. Traded by the Mets to Tampa Bay in July 2000, he signed with Cincinnati in January.
Wilson allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings, falling behind 2-1 in the first.
“In that first inning, I felt like I had to go out and get loose again,” Wilson said. “I felt I got better.”
Steve Trachsel (9-7) gave up six runs—five earned—and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
With the score 2-all, Guillen hit a two-run homer off Trachsel, his 22nd of the season and second in three games. Guillen had watched Trachsel pitch for Tampa Bay three years ago.
“He was a breaking-ball pitcher then. He is a breaking-ball pitcher now, and I was looking for it,” Guillen said.
Trachsel had an RBI grounder in the fifth that closed the Mets to 4-3, but the Reds added three runs the sixth.
Juan Castro led off with a solo homer to right, Wilson doubled, David Weathers relieved and Dunn hit a two-out, two-run homer.
“I still can’t believe that Castro hit that one out the opposite way. That kind of shocked me,” Trachsel said. “The home runs, I thought, were pretty good pitches.”
Roger Cedeno hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his first home run as a pinch hitter, cutting the lead to 7-5.
Cincinnati had gone ahead in the third when Guillen hit an RBI single after an error by first baseman Tony Clark, who failed to handle a pickoff throw.
Bob Murphy, a Mets’ broadcaster since the team began in 1962, received a lengthy standing ovation from fans and players in the middle of the sixth inning when it was announced that he intends to retire at the end of the season. … The start was the 300th of Trachsel career. … Reds won theweekend series 2-1 but lost the season series 4-2.