Game 84: Reds @ Mets

9:39 p.m.: Davis makes a diving stab on Gomes' liner and Wright gets the force out at second to end it. Mets 3, Reds 0. Santana improves to 6-5 and gets his first win since June 15. He's statistically the best second-half pitcher in baseball, so history says he can take this momentum into the second half for a strong finish. More on that after the game.

9:37 p.m.: Bay did Santana a favor with the two-run single in the sixth, but didn't help him there when he flubbed that fly ball from Bruce. Manuel came to the mound, but left the ball in Santana's hands. Two on, one out, Gomes up.

9:32 p.m.: Bay's pop-out to Miller leaves Pagan stranded at second. And Santana is out to face Votto, Rolen and Bruce in the ninth. Mets 3, Reds 0.

9:28 p.m.: A long, loud out by Wright on that 390-foot flyout to right.

9:19 p.m.: Chants of "Johan, Johan!" from the Citi Field crowd as Santana got Cabrera to fly out to Francoeur to end the eighth. Mets 3, Reds 0.

9:09 p.m.: Santana nearly had his second hit of the game right there, but his looping liner to left was tracked down by Jonny Gomes.C

9:04 p.m.: Santana sets the Reds down in order in the seventh and for the fourth time tonight. How long will Jerry Manuel stay with Santana. He took him out in the eighth of a 1-1 game against the Nationals in his last start. The Mets ended up losing, 2-1.

8:58 p.m.: Barajas strikes out to end the sixth. The Mets have averaged 2.94 runs per Santana start, according to Elias. Mets 3, Reds 0

8:55 p.m.: Maloney out, Logan Ondrusek in for the Reds with two out in the sixth. Mets 3, Reds 0

8:52 p.m.: And there's the clutch hit that Santana's been missing for so much of this season. Bay drives in Wright and Reyes with a single to center to put the Mets up, 3-1. Let's see if Santana holds up his end of the bargain.

8:50 p.m.: Weird play there. Davis grounded to Votto, who tried to throw to Cabrera to start the double play to no avail. But Cabrera got it back to first in time to get Davis for the second out.

8:49 p.m.: Maloney wants no part of Wright with Reyes on second and one out in the sixth. He issues the intentional pass and the crowd isn't happy about it.

8:43 p.m.: Santana gets Rolen to line out to center to end the top of the sixth. Mets 1, Reds 0

8:42 p.m.: Votto walks for the second time and the Reds have two on for the first time tonight. Rolen up with two out.

8:35 p.m.: A few notes on the Santana homer courtesy of ESPN Stats & Research: The homer came on the 12th pitch of the at-bat. That's the most pitches that anyone has seen in an at-bat that ended in a homer this season. Research guru Mark Simon says he hasn't found any records of a pitcher hitting a homer on the 12-pitch of an at-bat or later, but research is on-going.

8:32 p.m.: No homer for Santana there. And still no run support from his teammates. The Mets lefty has allowed one earned run or less five times and received a no-decision. Mets 1, Reds 0

8:26 p.m.: Excellent play by Wright, who dove to his left to get Miller's ground ball and flipped to first to easily get the Reds' 245-pound backstop to end the top of the fifth. Mets 1, Reds o

8:18 p.m. He may have an All-Star bat, but Votto's no Ike Davis with the glove. Davis would have laid out over the railing to get that Jason Bay foul ball into the Met dugout. Votto leaned over, but couldn't come up with the catch.

8:15 p.m. Wright, who won the National League Player of the Year award for June, is making an early case for the July award. He has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats after that single to lead off the fourth.

8:11 p.m.: Santana comes out after his home run and keeps the Reds off the board with a big strikeout of Rolen following a walk to Votto. Mets 1, Reds 0

7:59 p.m.: Wow. Santana, who gets no run support from the Mets, decides to take matters into his own hands. He drills a 2-2 changeup off the right-field foul poul to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. It was the first homer of his career and came on the 12th pitch of the marathon at-bat against Maloney.

7:55 p.m.: Ruben Tejada singles up the middle with one out in the third to snap an 0-for-16 skid but is thrown out at second. It looked like Tejada expected a bunt from Santana on that play.

7:49 p.m. :Three straight fly-outs to Angel Pagan in the top of the third and nine straight retired by Santana. Mets 0, Reds 0

7:43 p.m.: Francoeur's snubber in front of the plate took a strange, perfect bounce for the left-handed Maloney, who threw Francoeur out at first with ease to end the second. Mets 0, Reds 0

7:39 p.m.: That long foul ball from Bay gets a rise out of this crowd, which is undoubtedly disappointed by the Canadian's lack of power (6 HR) in his first season in Flushing.

7:32 p.m.: Nice catch to end the top of the second by Jason Bay, who had a long run toward the left-field line to track down that Drew Stubbs fly ball. Mets 0, Reds 0

7:27 p.m.: Either this crowd is late-arriving, or it's going to be a much-less-than-full house tonight at Citi. Who can blame people for staying home? It was 96 degrees when Santana threw his first pitch.

7:19 p.m.: Warm applause for Jose Reyes, who's making his return to the lineup after missing six games with an injured right oblique. Reyes flies out to center on the third pitch he sees from Reds lefty Matt Maloney.

7:17 p.m.: Santana gets out of trouble by getting Scott Rolen to pop out to shallow right to end the top of the first. Mets 0, Reds 0

7:16 p.m.: Big out strikeout of Joey Votto there or Santana. Votto killed the Mets last night, going 3-for-4 with two homers.

7:12 p.m.: Brandon Phillips drills a liner to the left-field gap and ends up on second base with a leadoff double and we're underway here at Citi Field. Not an ideal start for Johan Santana.

Starting lineups for Tuesday's Mets-Reds game:


Phillips, 2B

Cabrera, SS

Votto, 1B

Rolen, 3B

Bruce, RF

Gomes, LF

Stubbs, CF

Miller, C

Maloney, LHP


Reyes, SS

Pagan, CF

Wright, 3B

Davis, 1B

Bay, LF

Francoeur, RF

Barajas, C

Tejada, 2B

Santana, LHP