OLIVER Perez looked unhittable through the first two innings of work on Thursday, but he ended up surrendering eight runs against the Reds as he failed to make it through the fifth.
Cincinatti’s Joey Votto hit his second three-run home run in two days and went 3/4 with four RBI and the Reds won their first game of the 2009 campaign 8-6
The Mets had jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Bronson Arroyo in the top of the 3rd inning, but the Reds put up a pair of four-spots in the 3rd and 5th inning to help them improve to 1-2 on the season.
The Amazins had loaded the bases in the 1st inning against Arroyo, but they broke the tie in the 3rd on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single after Arroyo had walked David Wright and given up a base hit to right from Delgado.
Ryan Church then burned Arroyo going the other way on a deep fly ball to left to score Beltran and Delgado to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Oliver Perez came out throwing strikes, retiring the first six batters he faced, but Darnell McDonald pulled a run back for the Reds in the home half of the 3rd inning with an RBI single up the middle after Perez had given up a pair of walks.
Things didn’t get any better for Perez who then gave up a three-run bomb to Joey Votto – his second home run in as many days – on a hanging slider to make it 4-3.
The Mets tied things at 4-4 in the top of the 5th inning. Daniel Murphy singled and advanced to third on David Wright’s bloop single that dropped just fair down the right field line.
Delgado then hit a bullet at Phillips who knocked the ball down and threw on to second base for the force out, but scoring Murphy.
The Reds regained the lead moments later after Willy Taveras bunted his way aboard, McDonald walked and Votto singled to Beltran in centre field.
Brandon Phillips hit a sac fly to centre to score McDonald and give Cincy the 6-4 lead and when Jay Bruce walked, that was the end of the line for Perez.
He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs – all earned – on five hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.
His replacement, Darren O’Day, hit the first batter he faced but he got Hanigan to pop out to shallow right field with the bases loaded.
He couldn’t escape the inning though and Paul Janish scored Votto and Bruce with a single up the middle that was just out of the range of Alex Cora.
That would give the Reds the lead they needed, and they never looked back.
Mets’ 2B Cora – playing in place of Luis Castillo who was given the day off after starting the team’s first two games – hit a sac fly to score Church and chip away at the lead in the top of the 6th inning to make it 8-5 and even though the Mets brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the 7th inning, they only scored once on Delgado’s sac fly.