CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jeromy Burnitz's RBI double ended Danny
Graves' no-hit bid in the seventh inning and started a four-run
rally that swept the New York Mets to a 6-2 victory Saturday over
the Cincinnati Reds.
Steve Trachsel (8-5) pitched six innings on a humid, 90-degree
evening, keeping it scoreless until Graves faltered.
The heat got to Ken Griffey Jr., who felt dizzy during pregame
warmups and was a late scratch from the Reds lineup. The conditions
were right for Graves' sinker, which produced 11 groundouts in the
first six innings.
The closer-turned starter allowed only one runner through six,
hitting Burnitz in the back as he tried to come up-and-in on a
two-strike pitch in the first inning.
The majors' worst defense made five impressive plays to keep the
no-hitter going until the seventh, when Graves (4-8) walked leadoff
hitter Jay Bell. Burnitz, who had a homer and three hits in the
Mets' 7-2 win Friday, hit the first pitch to the wall in
left-center for a 1-0 lead.
Cliff Floyd then doubled for another run and took third on Ty
Wigginton's bunt single. Wigginton alertly stole second when none
of the Reds covered the base or called timeout after Jason
Phillips' flyout to shallow left, and both runners scored on Vance
Burnitz doubled again in the ninth and Floyd hit his 15th homer
off Chris Reitsma to make it 6-1.
Trachsel gave up four hits and one walk in six innings. Kelly
Stinnett hit a solo homer, his third, off Dan Wheeler in the
seventh. David Weathers got the last four outs for his first save.
A capacity crowd of 41,020 cheered one sensational defensive
play after another, then turned glum as Graves faded and the Reds
headed for their 10th loss in 14 games.
Cincinnati fell five games under .500 (40-45) for the first time
since May 4, when they were 13-18.
Graves made his second consecutive start in three days' rest,
part of the Reds' shift to a four-man rotation. The quick
turnarounds have invigorated his nastiest pitch -- a sinker that
works best when his arm's a little tired.
The Reds kept him out of trouble by turning nice plays on four
consecutive grounders in the early innings.
Larkin took another hit from Phillips in the fifth, going
several steps into the outfield to glove his grounder and throw him
out from the hole.
It was the eighth regular-season sellout at Great American
Ball Park. The Yankees sold out their three-game series last month.
... The Mets haven't been no-hit since Sept. 8, 1993, when
Houston's Darryl Kile did it. ... OF Roger Cedeno was a late
scratch from the Mets lineup because of a strained right triceps.
Timo Perez took his place. ... SS Jose Reyes was out of the lineup
for a third consecutive game because of a tight hamstring. ... Reds
C Jason LaRue had tests on his left shoulder that found nothing
more serious than a bruise. He was hit by a pitch last Sunday, and
aggravated it while making a tag on Friday. He's expected to sit
out a few games.