CINCINNATI — A whole lot of little things ended the New York Mets' winning streak.
Bronson Arroyo extended his latest surge by pitching eight innings Friday night, and the Cincinnati Reds used a minimal rally to beat the Mets 5-2, ending their 10-game winning streak.
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It took a lot of Arroyo and a little bit of luck to end the Mets' run, which ended one win shy of the franchise record. The 10 straight victories put them back in contention in the NL East. Their first loss in exactly two weeks dropped them one game behind Philadelphia in the division.
”They continued to battle right to the end,“ Mets Manager Jerry Manuel said. ”It was exciting and fun. They deserve a big pat on the back. But we've got work ahead.“
A basic-as-it-gets rally finally finished it.
The Reds scored four times in the fifth off John Maine (8-7) despite getting only two balls out of the infield. Ken Griffey Jr. drew a bases-loaded walk, Brandon Phillips lofted a two-run single into shallow right field, and Edwin Encarnacion got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
”Just good placement,“ Phillips said of his hit. ”It's a beautiful thing.“
Jay Bruce hit a solo homer off Maine, who has failed to last five innings in three of his last four starts.
Arroyo (8-7) has been extremely streaky this season. The right-hander is in one of his upturns, winning his last four starts. The majors' hottest team managed only four hits off Arroyo, including Carlos Beltran's RBI double.
The eight innings matched Arroyo's longest performance of the season.
”A lot of times, you get into a groove where you feel like you're unbeatable, and I feel like that lately,“ Arroyo said.
Francisco Cordero, who blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday night, gave up a walk in the ninth before finishing it off for his 20th save in 25 chances.
Surgery for Freel
Reds outfielder Ryan Freel will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon that attaches to the base of his right hamstring. Freel has been sidelined since June 4. There's no timetable for his recovery.