NEW YORK (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. has played center field long
enough to know all about sunny days and what havoc they can create.
Thursday at Shea Stadium was one of those days.
"It was pretty bad out there with the sun directly above you,"
Griffey said. "Balls hit on a line were OK. But popups are
So when Griffey lofted a fly ball to center with the bases
loaded in the seventh inning, it wasn't an easy out.
Not at all.
Two-time Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron, sun glasses down,
seemed set to catch the ball. Then, at the last second, it glanced
off his glove for a two-base error, clearing the bases as the
Cincinnati Reds rallied for five runs and a 6-2 victory over the
New York Mets.
"In most cases, yeah, you think the inning is over," Reds
manager Dave Miley said. "But with that sun ... it was a tough
play for Mike. It was a very nice New York day."
Cameron said he's been down this road before, playing hide and
seek with the sun.
"It happens a lot of times," he said. "Sometimes (the ball)
comes out and sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it didn't. It
cost us three runs. I feel bad for everybody, but it's over and
"By far, it's one of the toughest plays you have to deal with
out there. Those things are going to happen. I did everything I
could. I tried to make a play at the end. It just hit the side of
my glove. It's one of the worst feelings you can have on a baseball
Mets manager Art Howe called it an unfortunate set of
"It was pretty clear that he was fighting it all the way," he
said. "When the ball stays in the sun, you can't see it, you can't
catch it. These high sky days, it's very hard to find that ball. I
knew he was fighting the ball the whole way. You feel for Mike. He
feels worse than anybody."
Cory Lidle (5-5) pitched eight innings, allowing nine hits and
no walks while striking out seven.
"I felt good," he said. "I was throwing strikes. I had
everything working. I kept the ball down. That was my game plan.
Keep the ball down. Let them hit it on the ground."
Cameron's error foiled a strong start by Tom Glavine (7-4), who
leads the major leagues with a 2.11 ERA. Glavine took a 2-1 lead
into the seventh, but gave up singles to Tim Hummel and Javier
Mike Stanton relieved and walked Casey, loading the bases for
Griffey. Stanton appeared to escape the jam when Griffey hit the
fly ball to center, but Cameron's error broke the inning open. Adam
Dunn followed with an RBI single.
Glavine entered the seventh with a 2-1 lead. Joe McEwing beat
out an infield hit with one out in the fifth, Glavine sacrificed
and Jose Reyes hit his first home run of the season, his third hit
in 20 at-bats since coming off the disabled list.
Glavine gave up a run in the first inning on an RBI single by
Castro, who had three hits.
The Mets threatened in the fourth when Mike Piazza singled with
one out and Cliff Floyd doubled over Griffey in center. But Lidle
struck out Richard Hidalgo and got Ty Wigginton on a comeback line
drive to strand both runners.
In the sixth, Piazza opened with his third single of the game
and Floyd also singled. But Lidle recovered, retiring Hidalgo on a
pop fly and getting Wigginton to hit into a double play. The Mets
put the first two men on base in the seventh, but Lidle retired to
the next three.
Casey's third-inning single was his 100th hit of the
season. He left in the seventh inning with stiffness in his upper
left hamstring. ... Thursday's game was Piazza's 800th with the
Mets. He had his second straight three-hit game. ... Freel's
first-inning steal was his 13th. ... McEwing, starting at shortstop
for struggling Kaz Matsui, made several sparkling defensive plays.
... Floyd had three hits.