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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (July 5) – The New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds tonight by the score of 8-6. Mike Pelfrey made the start and pitched 4 2/3 giving up nine hits and seven runs with four walks and one strikeout. It was not a good outing at all for Pelfrey.
Raul Valdez got one out, Fernando Nieve pitched three innings giving up one hit, one run, and struck out three. Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning giving up a hit.
Angel Pagan continued his hot hitting with two hits and an RBI, David Wright also had two hits. Ike Davis and Jason Bay each had a hit and an RBI. Rod Barajas had a hit and an RBI and Alex Cora had two hits and two RBI. The Reds scored in the top of the first inning on a Joey Votto home run. The Mets answered right back with a Bay RBI single. The score was 1-1 after one and stayed that way until the fifth inning.
The fifth inning was wild as the Reds scored six runs and the Mets answered back with 5 of their own. The Reds had the bases loaded and no outs when a controversial call happened. Scott Rolen was up at the plate and Pelfrey thought he had struck him out and Rolen thought he was hit. The umpired conferred and the original strikeout call was overturned and Rolen reached first on a hit batsman call. Mets manager Jerry Manuel got into an intense argument and was ejected from the game.
The Mets were only down a run after that call but then Pelfrey gave up a single, double and triple to the seven, eight and nine hitters in the order. Pagan hit a solo home run and Cora a two run double in the fifth and they scored two more runs but it was not enough.
The Mets will try to even up the series with the Reds tomorrow night. Johan Santana will be pitching against Aaron Harang. The Mets remain two games back of Atlanta for first place in the NL East. The Mets are leading the wild card chase. The Reds have been a surprise team this year but have won five of their past six games. The Mets will see the Braves up next for the last series before the All Star Break.