WHAT IT MEANS: As Carlos Beltran donned a No. 15 San Francisco Giants uniform for the first time (manager Bruce Bochy switched to No. 16 to accommodate the newly acquired right fielder), the Mets completed their first-ever four-game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati. At 54-51, the Mets matched a season high by climbing three games over .500.
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DUDES: Lucas Duda and Jason Bay had three-run doubles in consecutive four-run innings as the Mets raced to a 9-3 lead.
After going 50 games without a two-bagger entering this series, Bay (3-for-4, walk) produced two doubles Thursday. Duda (2-for-4, walk) now has four RBIs in two starts in right field since Beltran’s departure.
Reds starter Homer Bailey, who served up both bases-clearing doubles, ultimately was charged with nine runs. That is two shy of matching the most runs ever scored by the Mets against an individual pitcher. The franchise record is 11 runs scored (10 earned) against St. Louis’ Mitchell Boggs on July 3, 2008.
WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright went 3-for-5 with an RBI. He is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with 12 RBIs in seven games since returning from the disabled list.
CLOSE CALL: A 9-3 lead got tight when the Reds scored four runs in the sixth inning and chased Chris Capuano.
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Ex-Met Miguel Cairo delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer on the first pitch of Manny Acosta’s appearance to pull Cincinnati within two runs. Two of the runs from that long ball were charged to Capuano. The southpaw’s line: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Capuano’s season high for runs allowed remained seven, against Colorado on April 14.
Pedro Beato surrendered a seventh-inning run on an RBI double by Jay Bruce as Cincinnati pulled within 9-8.
IZZY DOES IT ... BARELY: Jason Isringhausen -- who is remaining a Met at the trading deadline along with the other remaining players, according to Sandy Alderson -- inherited a two-run lead and served up a homer to Joey Votto on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth. Izzy nonetheless picked up his 297th career save. Bobby Parnell had tossed a 1-2-3 eighth.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets get a glimpse of what life is like for a pitcher after surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule on Friday. Chien-Ming Wang, who underwent the procedure from which Johan Santana is now trying to return, makes his first major league start since July 4, 2009 with the Yankees. Opposite Wang in Washington, Dillon Gee bids for his 10th win.
Only six Mets rookie have reached 10 wins as a starter: Tom Seaver (16-12 in starts in 1967), Jerry Koosman (19-12, 1968), Gary Gentry (13-12, 1969), Jon Matlack (14-10, 1972), Dwight Gooden (17-9, 1984) and Ron Darling (12-9, 1984), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Gee, incidentally, will be honored by the Brooklyn Cyclones next Thursday. His number will be retired at MCU Park.