- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Bronson Arroyo outpitched Jonathon Niese in a crisp duel, and the Cincinnati Reds used two more long balls and a few fine plays in the field to beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Chris Heisey hit a tiebreaking shot in the seventh after making a long running catch in Citi Field’s spacious right-center field with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning of the Reds’ fifth win in seven games on an 11-game road trip. Brandon Phillips homered in the third and had an RBI double in the seventh inning for the Reds.

Arroyo and Niese each made quick work of the opponents’ potent lineups on another sweltering night in New York _ although at 87 degrees for first pitch, it was 9 degrees cooler than Tuesday night.

Angel Pagan hit Arroyo’s seventh pitch of the game for the Mets’ run, and Cincinnati only had Phillips’ homer before Heisey connected with an out in the seventh.

Drew Stubbs singled after Heisey hit the Reds’ NL-Leading 106th homer. Arroyo hit a blooper an out after Stubbs’ hit that dropped in between the mound and second base for a single. Then Phillips made it 3-1 with a grounds-rule double to right.

Niese also had a hit, a grounds-rule double down the left field line in the third inning, and gave his manager a scare by sliding headfirst into third base trying to advance on Jose Reyes’ grounder to shortstop.

Arroyo made the lead hold up in his second straight stellar start. He pitched six scoreless innings against the Cubs in his last outing. In this one he gave up seven hits and a run without walking a batter over eight innings.

Francisco Cordero gave up Ike Davis’ leadoff double and a walk in the ninth before finishing for his 24th save in 29 chances to complete Cincinnati’s second victory in three games in New York and end the 2-hour, 25-minute contest.

The Mets threatened in the fifth, putting runners on second and third with no outs on singles by Josh Thole and Jesus Feliciano and a grounder to first by Alex Cora. But Arroyo struck out Niese and got Reyes, batting right-handed against the righty because his left side that kept him out a week was still not fully healed, bounced back to the mound for the final out.

Arroyo gave up three more singles but Heisey helped him out in the sixth, racing into the gap near the 415-foot mark on Jason Bay’s drive to strand David Wright on second. In the seventh, Thole led off with a single to left but Feliciano wiped him out with a 4-6-3 double play.

Niese had only given up seven homers coming in, but the two in this one ended his winning streak at five straight decisions since coming off the disabled list June 5. He struck out eight, matching a career best, and walked one in 7 2-3 innings.

NOTES: LHP Matt Maloney, who made his first start for Reds on Tuesday, will start Sunday in Philadelphia. Manager Dusty Baker said RHP Edinson Volquez (elbow reconstruction surgery last August) needs one more rehab start … Mets 2B Luis Castillo, on the DL since June 4 with a bruised right heel should start playing rehab games for Class A St. Lucie this weekend. … 1B Davis made another acrobatic catch of a foul ball. Instead of flipping over the dugout railing, this time he made a catch that had him bending over the low wall where the seats begin next to New York’s dugout. … The Reds wore “Vote Votto” T-shirts before the game. The first baseman is up for the final NL All-Star spot in fan voting that ends Thursday.

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