Leiter, Reyes prove too much for Reds

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 26, 2003

NEW YORK -- Veteran left-hander Al Leiter and rookie shortstop Jose Reyes were a little too much for the Cincinnati Reds.

Leiter pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month and Reyes had three hits and scored twice as the New York Mets beat the Reds 3-1 Friday night.

''I come out every night to play hard,'' said Reyes, who scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on some daring baserunning that forced a wild throw from the error-prone Reds.

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An error by first baseman Adam Dunn on that play was the 98th for the Reds in 102 games.

Leiter (9-5) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two to end his personal three-game losing streak. He spent some time on the disabled list with a knee injury and had not won since June 18 at Florida.

''I was a lot more aggressive, that's my intention. I kind of lost that,'' Leiter said.

Leiter said he lost several pounds, but was evasive when asked for a number.

''That's pretty standard stuff for anyone with knee problems, back problems. You don't want to carry that extra weight.''

Reyes also scored on Jason Phillips' RBI single in the eighth after his line drive to left was misplayed into a triple by Brandon Larson.

New York also scored a run in the seventh off Danny Graves (4-11), who allowed 11 hits in eight innings for his second complete game in 21 starts.

''If we make the plays on defense, he throws a shutout,'' Reds manager Bob Boone said.

Cincinnati's Jose Guillen greeted reliever Dan Wheeler with a solo homer, his 21st of the season, leading off the eighth inning.

Mike Stanton relieved Wheeler and earned his first save of the year by getting six outs as the Mets improved to 4-0 against the Reds this season.

Cincinnati, statistically the worst defensive team in the majors, gave the Mets the game's first run in the fourth inning with a throwing error by Dunn that enabled Reyes to score.

Reyes opened the inning with a drag bunt single and was running when Phillips hit a chopper to third baseman Aaron Boone. Boone threw out Phillips but Reyes raced toward third and Dunn's return throw sailed down the left-field line, allowing Reyes to score.

''I saw that the third baseman, he never looked at me, so I kept going,'' Reyes said.

Vance Wilson was credited with an RBI triple when his hit bounced past right fielder Guillen in the seventh after Ty Wigginton singled with one out. The hit ended an 0-for-28 slump for Wilson.

Leiter pitched his way out of several jams, with the Reds leaving eight runners on in the first six innings as well as having two thrown out stealing.

Leiter struck out Dunn to leave the bases loaded in the third and got Guillen and Dunn with two on in the fifth.

Leiter saw striking out Dunn as the key out in the game.

''Bases loaded and Danny Graves was obviously on his game. That could have blown the game wide open,'' Leiter said.

Bob Boone was pleased with Graves' effort.

''His pitch count was up (124 pitches), that's the most he's thrown this year, but he still had something left in the tank,'' he said.

Notes: D'Angelo Jimenez's single in the third gave him at least one hit in his first 15 games with the Reds, the longest streak for a player from the start of his Cincinnati career. … Reyes matched his career high with three hits for the fourth time. … Roger Cedeno also had three hits for the Mets. … Phillips RBI single in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest for a Met since 2001.