The Reds took a brief reprieve from all the losing on Monday with a victory over the Mets 4-2.
Bronson Arroyo took the mound and spared us the bullpen by pitching a complete game. He gave up two runs (earned) on seven hits and a walk.
The team spark plugs were firing. Ryan Freel didn't take part in any scoring but did go 3-for-5 with a stolen base. Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Only one of the Reds' runs came on a home run: a solo shot by Ken Griffey, Jr. in the sixth. The home run puts his and his father's combined homer total to 700, which is nice. He went 1-for-5 on the night with two strike outs.
Their first run, in the second inning, scored when Austin Kearns singled, stole second two batters later, and came in on David Ross's base hit to left field.
With one out in the eighth, Adam Dunn and Kearns each singled. Scott Hatteberg was hit by a pitch to load up the bases, setting up Phillips to plate two with a double to right. Ross struck out and Arroyo flied out to end the inning.
The win brought the Reds' record to 38-32. They would continue the series with the Mets on Tuesday, sending Elizardo Ramirez up against Paul Lo Duca.