Mets Sweep Away Reds with 6-5 Triumph

Ty Wigginton put an end to Paul Wilson's dreams. The rookie third basemen hit a two run double to tie the game in the eighth before Tony Clark put the Mets ahead with a solo homer in the ninth as the Mets came away with a 7-5 victory against the Reds on Sunday afternoon inside the Great American Ball Park. Wilson, who had to wait three years to face the team that selected him first overall in the 1994 draft, tossed seven innings, allowing just two runs and four hits, but his bullpen failed him.

Facing a 5-2 deficit entering the eighth, the Mets rallied to tie the game with three runs. Timo Perez singled in a run and Ty Wigginton later added a game tying double off the left-center wall against Reds closer Scott Williamson as New York won for the fifth time in six games.

Tony Clark's tenth homer of the year off Brian Reith (1-1) gave the Mets a 6-5 lead and after Timo Perez added another run with a double, Armando Benitez entered in the ninth to earn his twenty-first save in twenty-six chances.

Jaime Cerda (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory after Pedro Feliciano threw three innings of shutout ball in relief of Aaron Heilman.

The Mets (39-47) got a 1-0 lead after the first batter of the game, Timo Perez, hit his second homer of the year over the right field fence off Paul Wilson, but the Reds tied it up in the second on Adam Dunn's twenty-fourth homer of the season.

Jeromy Burnitz -- who came into the contest batting .370 (10-for-27) over his last eight games with four homers and nine RBIs -- got the lead back when he deposited his seventeenth home run into the right field seats.

Cincinnati (40-46) came back to score three runs in the third inning off Mets rookie right-hander Aaron Heilman. Austin Kearns got the scoring started with an RBI ground out before Kelly Stinnett and Juan Castro each added singles to plate runs. Sean Casey contributed a solo homer in the fourth, his ninth, for a 5-2 lead.

Rookie Aaron Heilman -- making his third career start Heilman after going 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Norfolk -- lasted just four innings, surrendering six hits and five runs while walking four and fanning three.

Notes
SS Jose Reyes was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game, suffering from a tight hamstring... OF Willy Mo Pena was placed on the 15-day DL by the Reds after he strained his hamstring running out a ground ball on Friday... Cincinnati committed yet another an error and now lead the majors with 81... Jae Weong Seo (5-4, 3.35) draws Horacio Ramirez (7-2, 3.75) in the series opener against the Braves at Shea Stadium on Monday night...

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