Mets 5, Reds 4
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bill Spiers, who entered the game hitting .176, singled three times and drove in three runs as the New York Mets completed a sweep of Wednesday night’s doubleheader with a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
In the opener, Robert Person allowed three hits and one run in seven innings in his first major league start as New York won 5-4.
In the second game, Jeff Kent singled twice and doubled to knock in two runs in support of Reid Cornelius (3-7). Cornelius allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
With the scored tied 2-2, the Mets scored four runs in the sixth. Spiers had a two-run single, Carl Everett added an RBI single, and the fourth run scored on a fielding error by first baseman Brian Hunter.
Dave Burba (10-4) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.
Cincinnati trailed 2-1 before Lenny Harris hit his second homer of the season in the sixth.
In the first game, Person struck out seven and walked two in his first big league start. He was brought up Sept. 14.
``After the first hitter, I calmed down,″ he said. ``I was pumped up, even more so after last night’s game was rained out.″
Person gave up his only run in the second, a leadoff homer by Hal Morris.
``I let up on that pitch,″ said Person, who had made two previous relief appearances. That was a lesson for me.″
Person also singled twice in three at-bats.
``I like his bat,″ joked Mets manager Dallas Green, who agreed to a one-year contract extension before the game. ``He had a real good live fastball, threw the changeup and mixed in both a slider and curve. This is another young arm and he seems a lot more comfortable now as opposed to spring training.″
Person said he wasn’t 100 percent last April.
``I hurt my biceps and had no confidence as a closer,″ he said. ``That was the role they expected me to fill.″
Person, obtained from Florida in April 1994, began the season at Double-A Binghamton, then was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 10.
``I wasn’t surprised that I moved up,″ Person said. ``I didn’t intend to stay there, but I had no idea of what their plans were. I couldn’t live on last year’s statistics.″
Alex Ochoa led the Mets’ 13-hit attack with a double and two singles in four at-bats. Rico Brogna had two RBIs.
Cincinnati got two runs in the ninth on Brian Hunter’s two-out RBI single and a throwing error by Tim Bogar, but John Franco retired Mark Lewis on a fly ball to right that stranded Hunter at third base.
John Smiley (12-5), who had won his previous eight road decisions, allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.
``They kind of got every break in the world against Smiley,″ Reds manager Davey Johnson said. ``Everything they hit went in. I thought he pitched pretty good. A bad hop, a couple of flairs. It seemed like every thing found a hole.″
Notes: Despite the two losses, Cincinnati still won the season series 7-5 against the Mets. They won five of six in Cincinnati and two of four in New York. ... Cincinnati lost for the third straight game and sixth in the last 12. ... Spiers recorded his first multihit game of the season and the three hits tied his career high, set July 20, 1994, while he was with Milwaukee. ... It was New York’s first doubleheader of the season and the second straight doubleheader sweep of the Reds. New York swept a doubleheader on Aug. 28, 1992, also at Shea. ... New York has won eight straight at home and has compiled a 37-32 home record. ... Person became the 15th Met to get his first major league hit this season. ... Jose Vizcaino has 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats (.600). ... Barry Larkin had a stolen base in the first inning of the first game, giving him four in the series. ... Smiley hadn’t lost on the road since June 8, 1994, at St. Louis.