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RHP Mike Leake is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA in five career starts, including a complete game against the Mets. In his only start against them this year, Leake pitched seven scoreless innings allowing three hits in a 4-0 Reds win at Citi Field. Leake is looking to extend his 20 1/3-inning scoreless streak, the second-longest active streak in the major leagues.

Reds 3, Mets 2 (10)

Reds 3, Mets 2 (10): Shin-Soo Choo delivered a walk-off single in the 10th with his third hit as host Cincinnati inched closer to wrapping up a postseason berth. Choo hammered a long drive to left-center off Sean Henn that barely missed being a home run to plate Devin Mesoraco with the winning run as the Reds won for the sixth time in seven games to remain tied with Pittsburgh in the race for the top National League wild card. Cincinnati also lowered its magic number to one for clinching a playoff slot.

Burnett sets record, leads Pirates past Reds

Burnett sets record, leads Pirates past Reds PITTSBURGH - A.J. Burnett steadied the Pittsburgh Pirates after their most difficult loss of the season and also made some history Saturday night. Burnett pitched seven strong innings as the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 at PNC Park for just their second win in the last six games.

Cincinnati Reds - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH Going into the series in Houston, it looked like Jay Bruce's chances of getting to 100 RBIs might be slipping away. He had 93 with 12 games to go. But the three days in Houston got him on track -- and then some. Bruce drove in two runs on Monday, five on Tuesday and three more on Wednesday. Bruce, who has 103 RBIs after Friday's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh, had come close to 100 before -- he drove in 99 last year and 97 in 2011.

Cincinnati Reds - PlayerWatch

CF Billy Hamilton made his first career start following five appearances as a pinch runner and two as a defensive replacement. Hamilton finished 3-for-4 with two walks and four stolen bases, becoming the first player in history with four steals in his first start. Only eight players have reached base five times in their first start, with Reds RF Jay Bruce the last to accomplish that feat on May 27, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati Reds - PlayerWatch

CF Billy Hamilton made his first career start following five appearances as a pinch runner and two as a defensive replacement. Hamilton finished 3-for-4 with two walks and four stolen bases, becoming the first player in history with four steals in his first start. Only eight players have reached base five times in their first start, with Reds RF Jay Bruce the last to accomplish that feat on May 27, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati Reds - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH It's the time in the season when big-time players are expected to make big-time plays. Reds slugger Jay Bruce did just that against his hometown Houston Astros in a series that concluded Wednesday, collecting 10 RBIs in a three-game sweep. Bruce capped off the solid interleague showing by going 3-for-5 with a career-high three doubles Wednesday, including a two-run double in the 13th inning of a 6-5 win.

Reds 6, Astros 5 (13)

Reds 6, Astros 5 (13): Jay Bruce doubled home two runs in the top of the 13th inning and finished with three hits and three RBIs as visiting Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep. Billy Hamilton, who ignited the winning rally with a leadoff walk, collected his first three career hits and became the first player since 1920 to steal four bases in his initial major-league start as the Reds pulled within one-half game of Pittsburgh for the top National League wild-card spot.

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RHP Mike Leake hurled eight shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six. With 120 strikeouts, Leake established a career high (118 in 2011). He has gone six innings while allowing one earned run or less in 12 of his 30 starts this season, which ranks tied for sixth in the National League. SS Zack Cozart finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, boosting his RBI total to seven this series, his most ever over a two-game stretch. Cozart has recorded an RBI in three consecutive games, with a total of eight.

Preview: Reds at Astros

The Cincinnati Reds have visions of overtaking the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top wild card as they look to complete a three-game series sweep of the host Houston Astros on Wednesday. The Reds have outscored the Astros 16-1 in the first two contests to move within 1 1/2 games of the Pirates and 2 1/2 of National League Central-leading St. Louis. The Reds also have to keep an eye on hard-charging Washington, which is 4 1/2 games behind them for the second wild card.
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