Arroyo Helps Reds Gain Split With Mets

Keppinger's five hits back right-hander's eight solid innings
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2008 12:07 AM CDT
New York Mets closer Billy Wagner waits on the mound as manager Willie Randolph comes to take him out of the game against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning. The Reds beat the Mets 7-1.    (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Bronson Arroyo pitched eight dominant innings to win a matchup of struggling pitchers and Jeff Keppinger had a career-high five hits, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 7-1 yesterday for a split of their day-night doubleheader. In the opener, Carlos Beltran hit a bases-loaded triple and drove in five runs to back Johan Santana's first home win for the Mets in a 12-6 victory.

Ken Griffey Jr. had two hits and an RBI in the nightcap, a makeup of Friday night's rainout, but remained stalled in his bid to become the sixth player with 600 home runs. He is homerless in 59 at-bats. Griffey missed No. 598 by inches in the opener when he hit a drive off the top of the wall for a two-run double.