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Wednesday, August 15th
(All times eastern)
New York Mets (55-61) at Cincinnati Reds (70-46), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - R.A. Dickey (15-3, 2.72)
Cincinnati - Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51)
(Sports Network) - Knuckleballing sensation R.A. Dickey can stay unbeaten
against the Cincinnati Reds tonight when the New York Mets return to Great
American Ball Park to face them in the second leg of a three-game series.
The 37-year-old Nashville native aims for a more successful pitching gem than
in Tuesday's opener, which the Reds won, 3-0, in the ninth inning on a three-
run home run from Jay Bruce.
Cincinnati, which stranded 14 runners and was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring
position through the first eight frames, got its first two runners on in the
ninth when Brandon Phillips walked and Ryan Ludwick singled off Manny Acosta
Lefty Josh Edgin came on to face Bruce, who hammered his fourth career walk-
off blast into the front row of seats in left field to give the National
League Central Division leaders their fourth straight win.
"They put them out there, we put them out there, and we finally came through
in the ninth," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was some ballgame."
Cincinnati was unable to capitalize in the third when it had runners on the
corners with one out and left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh
innings. The only time the Reds were set down in order was when Bobby Parnell
fired a 1-2-3 eighth.
Reds starter Mat Latos scattered five hits and walked two over seven scoreless
frames. He is 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA over his last 10 starts.
Mets starter Chris Young wobbled through 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing
eight hits and four walks while fanning four for New York, which has dropped
six of its last eight games.
The Mets finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on
"We had opportunities. We have to find a way to score with runners on base and
less than two outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Dickey, who'd won 41 games in 204 appearances heading into this season, picked
up his 15th win of a magical 2012 on Aug. 9 when he allowed a run on five hits
in a 6-1 complete-game defeat of Miami.
He's pitched seven or more innings in three straight starts dating back to
July 29 - winning two of the three - while giving up three earned runs on 13
hits in 23 combined innings.
He's 1-0 in two career meetings with the Reds with a 3.55 earned run average
after allowing six runs on 13 hits in 12 2/3 innings.
In 12 road starts this season, he's 8-2 with a stingy 2.78 ERA.
The Reds start righty Mike Leake, who's seeking his first win since July 24.
The 24-year-old Californian improved to 4-6 on the season with a 4-2 defeat of
Houston in that game but has since dropped one game and picked up a pair of
He was chased after 1 2/3 innings of an 11-5 loss to San Diego on July 30,
then pitched six innings in consecutive starts against Pittsburgh and the
Chicago Cubs - in which the Reds went 1-1 - while allowing seven runs on 12
He's 0-1 in three career meetings with the Mets.
The Reds won four of the first five games between the teams in 2012, including
three straight in a series at Citi Field in June. The teams split a two-game
set in New York in May.
The Mets won the 2011 season series, 5-2.
08/15 10:33:58 ET