Acevedo Pitches Reds Over Mets

In what was a battle of young phenoms, Jose Acevedo out-pitched Aaron Heilman on Saturday evening at Shea Stadium. Aaron Boone and Adam Dunn each drove in a pair of runs for Cincinnati, and Juan Castro added a two-run homer as the Reds prevailed 8-3. It was the first victory for Cincinnati over the New York Mets this season. The five-hit masterpiece was also the first complete game of Acevedo's career.

The Reds jumped on Heilman (1-3) very quickly as they tallied three runs in the opening inning. Heilman hit D'Angelo Jimenez with a pitch to begin the game. Dunn singled him to second. Jose Guillen fanned for the first out. A ground out by Sean Casey moved both runners up a base, and Boone brought them both home with a single to left. Boone then swiped second and scampered home on a double by Ruben Mateo. The Reds had an early 3-0 lead.

Cliff Floyd hammered his 17th homerun of the season in the second to make it a 3-1 contest, but a double by Dunn followed by a single by Casey, and once again made it a three-run deficit in the third.

The Mets reached Acevedo (2-0) for a single run in the bottom of the third, when Floyd brought home Jose Reyes with a sacrifice fly. The Mets trailed by a score of 4-2 and would get no closer.

Heilman and Acevedo settled in and there was no further scoring until the sixth inning. Jason LaRue led off the inning with walk and advanced to third on a single by Castro. A sacrifice bunt by Acevedo moved Castro to second. Heilman fanned Jimenez and Art Howe removed him in favor Graeme Lloyd, for the match-up against Adam Dunn. Dunn upset the strategy, however, when he drove in both runners with a single to right. The Reds then had a 6-2 lead.

From that point on, Acevedo was never threatened. He allowed the Mets one final run in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Phillips scored on a fly ball by Ty Wigginton, as New York edged to within 6-3.

Cincinnati iced the game in the seventh. With two outs. LaRue doubled and Castro hit his sixth homerun of the season against New York reliever Edwin Almonte. From that point on Acevedo took over, and rolled to the 8-3 win.

He needed 111 pitches, 81 strikes, to complete his gem, which also included 10 strikeouts. Needless to say, he was simply brilliant.

The two teams complete their series at Shea on Sunday afternoon. Steve Trachsel (9-6), the Mets best starter this season, will oppose Ex-Met Paul Wilson (5-8) in the rubber game of the series. It could very well boil down to pitching once again.

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