Rod Barajas blasted a ninth-inning homer to left Tuesday night to break a tie and lead the New York Mets to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mets starter John Maine lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Brandon Phillips went yard, making it 7,671 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. Maine gave up just one earned run over six innings of work, yielding four hits and two walks while striking out six.
Barajas’ blast was his seventh of the season, making him the Mets’ home run leader on the season.
David Wright also homered for the Mets (his sixth of the season), and the other RBIs came on singles by Jose Reyes and Jeff Francoeur and a sacrifice fly by Jason Bay.
Maine was in position to get the win, but Fernando Nieve gave up two eighth-inning homers to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen, which tied the game at four. That made Pedro Feliciano, who got the last out in the eighth, the pitcher of record for his first victory of the season.
Fernando Rodriguez pitched a perfect night for the save (his fourth), helped by two nice plays by Reyes.