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.
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.
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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