Homer in 11th Nixes Mets

The Reds beat the Mets 3-2 last night in 11 innings, but the game really should have never gotten to that point. Two errors, one each by Drew Stubbs and Orlando Cabrera, helped the Mets get on the board.

Stubbs led off the game for the Reds with a long home run to left-center. In the second inning, Ike Davis hit a liner to center that Stubbs misplayed and resulted in a two-base error. Jeff Francoeur made the Reds pay with an RBI single.

The Reds took the lead back in the fifth when Joey Votto singled in Mike Leake. However, another defensive miscue would allow the Mets to tie the game again. When Luis Castillo attempted to steal second base in the sixth inning, Ramon Hernandez made a good throw that Cabrera missed. Cabrera was charged with an error and Castillo scored on a Jose Reyes double.

The Reds pitching staff was outstanding. Leake allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings. He walked one and struck out four, including Jason Bay and David Wright after the Reyes double in the sixth. The bullpen was just as good, combining for five innings of four-hit, shutout baseball. Nick Masset (3-1) pitched the final two innings and showed some nasty breaking stuff.

Laynce Nix was the offensive hero for the Reds. Pinch-hitting for Masset in the bottom of the 11th, Nix launched a high fly ball that just cleared the right field wall and landed in the first row of seats for a walkoff home run. It was his first homer of the season.

Everyone loves a win for the battlin’ Redlegs!

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