Final Score: Reds 3 Mets 0

The New York Mets (55-61) lost to the Cincinnati Reds (70-46) tonight by a score of 3-0.

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Jay Bruce hit a walk off , three-run home run off Josh Edgin to give the Reds the victory.

Chris Young threw 5.2 shut out innings, despite surrendering eight hits and four walks. He struck out four, and did not factor in the decision.

The two teams combined to leave 24 men on base (the Reds left 14, the Mets 10).

The Mets have now been shut out seven times this season.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

Brian Erni

In what was shaping up to be a good night for the bullpen, it was infuriating to see Manny Acosta enter the game and promptly walk Brandon Phillips to start the bottom of the ninth. I’m sorry, but there’s just no excuse for that. If you get beat by a very good hitter, so be it. But when he walked Phillips on five pitches to start the frame, chances were good things were about to get ugly. And they did after Ryan Ludwick’s single signaled the end of Acosta’s night, and the game culminated in the Bruce home run.

Following up his abysmal outing last week at Citi Field, Young had a very strange start, albeit a productive one. Pitching in a hitter’s haven against the team with the second-best record in the National League, Young was able to work around 12 base runners, four of which reached to lead off one of the six innings he started. Tack on a stretch of 34 straight pitches that Young didn’t register a swing and miss that spanned the third, fourth and the majority of the fifth inning, and it was a miracle that he was able to navigate through 5.2 scoreless. Give credit to Young for having a stuff upper lip, and a nice assist to Ramon Ramirez for coming on to get Drew Stubbs to ground out with the bases loaded for the last out of the sixth.

The Mets nearly got on the board in the ninth after Josh Thole walked and Scott Hairston hit a long single to the left field wall with two outs. Ruben Tejada fell behind in the count 0-2 before working it full, and hit a bullet to center. Unfortunately, it was right in the direction of Stubbs, who made a shoe-string catch to end the inning. Even though the result didn’t break the deadlock, it was another at bat that’s become customary for Tejada. In what looks like another tough season, he’s been a huge bright spot.

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