Cincinnati Reds

Frazier's 2 homers help lift Cincinnati

The Reds' Mike Leake (44) scored the first run of the game ahead of the throw to Mets catcher Mike Nickeas on Zack Cozart's third-inning double.
The Reds' Mike Leake (44) scored the first run of the game ahead of the throw to Mets catcher Mike Nickeas on Zack Cozart's third-inning double. AP

NEW YORK — Todd Frazier homered twice, Brandon Phillips hit a tying single off Jon Rauch in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-3 Wednesday night.

Pinch-hitter Jay Bruce drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly one out after the Reds put together three straight hits off Rauch (3-2), ending with Phillips' single. Rauch, a former Oldham County and Morehead State star, retired Chris Heisey on a popup before left-hander Tim Byrdak came on to face the lefty-hitting Bruce. After that, D.J. Carrasco came on and gave up Frazier's second homer on his first pitch.

The night before, Carrasco hit Milwaukee's Ryan Braun with a pitch, prompting manager Terry Collins to take David Wright out of a game in which the Mets trailed 8-0, to avoid retaliation. Wright and his manager had an animated discussion in the dugout about it, but they said everything was fine on Wednesday.

Jose Arredondo (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh of relief for the Reds and Aroldis Chapman did the same in the eighth. Sean Marshall gave up a hit in the ninth but finished for his seventh save.

Mike Leake, winless in seven starts, struck out a season-high five in six innings for the Reds.

Ike Davis snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, but the Mets' bullpen coughed up the lead for the ninth time in 20 chances this year, sending New York to its third loss in four games and giving starter Johan Santana his fifth no-decision in eight starts.

Frazier hit a solo homer off Santana in the top of the seventh after the Mets took a 3-1 lead. Bobby Parnell came on with two outs to strike out Zack Cozart with a runner on second. Parnell hasn't allowed an earned run in more than eight innings.

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