Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/16/12

NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce hit another big home run to get the Cincinnati Reds on the board and Homer Bailey shut down the Mets as Cincinnati beat New York, 4-1, for the second straight night.

The Reds won their fifth game in a row as Bailey (5-4) pitched eight innings of one-run ball. Aroldis Chapman earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Bruce -- who hit the inside-the-park homer in the second inning of Friday night's game that led to Mets left fielder Jason Bay's injury and placement on the seven-day disabled list for concussions -- struck in the first inning Saturday night with his 15th homer of the season. His three-run drive to right with two outs put Cincinnati on top 3-0.

Mets starter Jon Niese (4-3) didn't give up much beyond the Reds' three-run first, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings.

But Bailey was able to stymie the Mets further, scattering six hits, and the Mets stranded eight base runners.

The teams also traded hit batsmen for the second straight night. Bruce was hit by a pitch from Niese in the fourth, in the at-bat after his homer. Bailey hit the Mets' Lucas Duda to lead off the sixth. No warnings were issued and the Mets wasted another scoring opportunity after Ike Davis singled Duda to second with no one out. Bailey then got Scott Hairston on a fly to right, Josh Thole on a fielder's choice and Omar Quintanilla on a pop-up.

The Mets countered in the bottom of the first, with back-to-back doubles from Daniel Murphy and David Wright to make it 3-1. But, as he would throughout the early innings, Bailey pitched out of trouble. With Wright on second and one out, Bailey retired Duda and Davis to end the inning.

The Mets put runners on first and third with no one out in the second, when Hairston doubled and Thole singled. But Bailey got No. 8 hitter Quintanilla on a pop-up to second, Niese hit into a fielder's choice on a bunt attempt and Kirk Nieuwenhuis flied out to left.

The Reds extended their lead to 4-1 in the fourth on Ryan Ludwick's RBI single, which drove in Bruce, who had reached on the hit-by-pitch.

NOTES: Bay was placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions, as expected, and told to stay home a few days. Manager Terry Collins said he was "very worried" about Bay, who crashed headfirst into the left-field wall Friday night, and lost two months to a concussion in 2010. Collins said he expected Bay to be out longer than seven days, but he wasn't sure how long. ... Infielder Justin Turner was activated from the 15-day DL to replace Bay on the roster. ... Reds center fielder Chris Heisey was out for the second straight day with tightness in his left groin and manager Dusty Baker said Heisey was "moving around a lot better" but likely would miss more time. ... Third baseman Scott Rolen homered for Class AAA Louisville as he played in his second straight rehab game Saturday. He should rejoin the team Monday, Baker said. ... Baker said he respects "the hell out of David Wright" and indicated he didn't think reliever Sean Marshall hit him on purpose Friday. Marshall hit Wright with a pitch a few innings after Joey Votto was hit by a pitch from Dillon Gee, and Baker said he didn't think either pitch was intentional. He pointed to Marshall's grazing of Wright in the eighth inning and said, "If you're gonna hit someone, you hit him."


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