WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets moved a game over .500 at 52-51 with an 8-6 win against the Cincinnati Reds.
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BEAT-O FEAT: Pedro Beato nearly produced his first career save, but was pulled with two out in the ninth inning. Tim Byrdak came on to strike out Jay Bruce for a second straight night and notch his first save since July 25, 2007, for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox. Bruce had delivered a walk-off homer off Byrdak that clinched the Reds' division title last September.
Jason Isringhausen was unavailable after tossing 29 pitches and twisting awkwardly while picking up his third post-Francisco Rodriguez save Monday.
PRIDIE OF METS: Jason Pridie’s two-run double in the sixth inning after an error by ex-Met Miguel Cairo gave the Amazin’s a 6-5 lead. The Mets’ first six runs were unearned thanks to three Cincinnati errors.
The Mets’ one-time 4-0 lead had turned into a 5-4 deficit a half-inning before Pridie restored the lead. Edgar Renteria delivered a two-run double and Joey Votto followed with a two-run homer in consecutive at-bats against Jon Niese in the fifth.
Niese was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. He nonetheless was credited with his team-high 10th win.
ANGEL APPEARS: Held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Tuesday night after experiencing dizziness in Miami on Sunday, Angel Pagan pinch-hit with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh and delivered a run-scoring bloop single to center off Nick Masset to give the Mets an 8-5 lead.
Pagan and Terry Collins predicted the outfielder would return to the starting lineup Wednesday. Pagan’s blood tests came back normal.
BARK IN THE PARK: Justin Turner jawed with Cincinnati catcher Ramon Hernandez after Turner struck out for the final out of the top of the sixth.
WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (5-9, 4.73 ERA) opposes right-hander Bronson Arroyo (7-8, 5.56) in Game 3 of the four-game series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.