New York Pokey Reese's bat enabled the Cincinnati Reds to tie a National League record. His glove helped them win the game.
The Reds matched the modern NL mark by playing their 174th straight game without being shut out, riding Reese's three-run homer and nifty fielding to beat the New York Mets 3-2 Friday night.
The Reds will try to break the 1992-93 Philadelphia Phillies' mark for avoiding shutouts today when they face Al Leiter. It was Leiter who last blanked Cincinnati, doing it Oct. 4, 1999, in a wild card playoff game.
Down by a run, the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth against Scott Sullivan. Rey Ordonez followed with a high bouncer up the middle that the drawn-in Reese backhanded, and the second baseman's strong throw got a forceout at the plate.
"That's what you practice in spring training," Reese said.
Sullivan retired pinch-hitter Desi Relaford on a foul popup, then reliever Danny Graves got Darryl Hamilton on a liner to Reese to preserve the lead.
Graves pitched the ninth for his second save.
Reese broke a scoreless tie when he homered in the fifth off Steve Trachsel (0-2).
Osvaldo Fernandez (2-1) pitched six innings for the win.
Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin left the game in the third, an inning after mildly straining his left wrist diving for a ball. X-rays were negative, and he was listed as day to day.
Cubs 4, Pirates 2
Chicago Jason Bere pitched six solid innings and Ricky Gutierrez hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago. Bere (2-0) allowed one run and four hits, and struck out eight in his second start of the season. Jeff Fassero pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities. Bronson Arroyo (1-1) gave up a two-run homer to Gutierrez in the second inning and a solo homer to Julio Zuleta in the fifth.
Marlins 9, Expos 3
Montreal Ryan Dempster pitched 72/3 strong innings and Mike Lowell homered and had four RBIs to lead Florida. Dempster (2-0) held the Expos without a hit through four innings and improved his record at Olympic Stadium to 4-0 in five career starts. He allowed five hits and three runs. Charles Johnson homered and doubled for Florida.
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Atlanta Tom Glavine pitched six strong innings, Wes Helms hit a two-run homer and Atlanta defeated Philadelphia. John Rocker pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Astros 4, Cardinals 2
St. Louis Craig Biggio hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Darryl Kile in the seventh as Houston beat St. Louis. Biggio is 6-for-14 with two homers and six RBIs against his former teammate. Biggio hit an 0-1 pitch off the Stadium Club facade in the upper deck in left, a drive estimated at 424 feet.
Giants 7, Brewers 3
Milwaukee Kirk Rueter pitched six strong innings and Barry Bonds hit his 497th career homer to lead San Francisco. Rueter (2-0) allowed three runs and three hits. Milwaukee didn't get a hit after the second inning against Rueter and two relievers.
Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 3
Denver Luis Gonzalez hit two home runs, giving him a major league-leading nine in 10 games, as Arizona beat Colorado. Gonzalez, who has 13 hits overall, is two homers shy of the NL record for home runs in April. Randy Johnson (2-1) pitched seven solid innings. He allowed three runs and six hits with no walks and 14 strikeouts, a Coors Field record.
Padres 5, Dodgers 4
San Diego Alex Arias singled in Ben Davis with one out in the 10th inning. The Dodgers were just two outs from a win when Jeff Shaw blew the save.