Leiter, Mets Deal Reds 3-1 Loss

Al Leiter said his balky knee had a lot to do with his poor performance in the first half. Now, in two starts since coming of the disabled list, he's supported that statement. After giving up just three hits in Atlanta on Sunday, the veteran left-hander tossed seven innings of shutout ball to propel the New York Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday evening inside Shea Stadium.

Jose Reyes and Roger Cedeno each had three hits, Jason Phillips added two RBI, and Vance Wilson added a triple as the Mets began a ten-game homestand in winning fashion.

Al Leiter (9-5) won for the first time in a month.

Scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Mets (43-59) took a 1-0 advantage. Twenty-year old shortstop Jose Reyes began the frame with a bunt single and the next batter, Jason Phillips, grounded out to third, but a throwing error by first baseman Adam Dunn allowed Reyes to come all the way around and score.

With one out in the seventh, third baseman Ty Wigginton singled and extended the Mets lead to 2-0 when he scored on Vance Wilson's triple in right field.

Dan Wheeler relieved Al Leiter to begin the eighth and was greeted loudly by Cincinnati outfielder Jose Guillen, who hit a solo homer to cut the lead in half. Mike Stanton entered and retired the final six batters to earn the save.

Reds starter Danny Graves (4-11) fell victim to a lack of run support. The converted reliever pitched eight innings and yielded eleven hits and three runs while fanning one.

Notes
C-1B Jason Phillips extended his career-high hitting streak to thirteen games with his RBI single in the eighth... The Mets improved to 7-39 when scoring three runs or less... RHP Aaron Heilman (1-2, 7.18) faces RHP Jose Acevedo (1-0, 0.00) on Saturday evening...


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