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Cincinnati survives Reyes's cycle, Mets

NEW YORK -- Brandon Phillips didn't know which pitch was coming from Mets closer Billy Wagner. He did know he was going to strike out if it was another high fastball.

Phillips instead got a pitch he could handle, driving a two-run single into center field in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds overcome Jose Reyes's cycle in a 6-5 victory over New York last night.

Wagner retired the first two batters easily but then walked Austin Kearns and pinch-hitter David Ross. Pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia reached on an infield single to third and Phillips followed with a sharp single to center.

``I just tried to hit the ball hard and drive it somewhere," Phillips said. ``He threw me a fastball inside, a pitch high, another pitch high. If he threw me one more time a high pitch, I would've struck out."

Phillips hit a low fastball back up the middle to drive in Kearns and pinch-runner Quinton McCracken, putting the Reds in front, 6-5. Wagner (3-1) blew his fourth save in 18 opportunities.

``I got two quick outs and then just tried to be aggressive and I was probably a little overly aggressive," he said.

Reyes hit his fourth career leadoff homer to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He doubled in the second, tripled into right-center in the fifth, and grounded a single into center field in the eighth.

The Shea Stadium crowd cheered wildly as Reyes stood on first in the eighth and the scoreboard in right-center recognized the accomplishment.

``It feels good for me but it would have felt even better if we had won that ballgame," Reyes said. ``I still enjoy it but I would've liked to win that ballgame also."

The last player to hit for the cycle for the Mets was Eric Valent, who did it on July 29, 2004, in New York's 10-1 win over the Montreal Expos.

Reyes went 4 for 5 and is batting .489 (23 for 47) over his last 11 games.

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