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Mets 7, Reds 3

May 19, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bobby Jones allowed four hits in eight innings and Butch Huskey hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Jones (3-3) struck out four and walked three, allowing a leadoff home run to Jon Nunnally in the first inning and a two-run shot to Barry Larkin in the eighth.

The Mets broke the game open with five runs off Reds starter Bret Tomko (5-2) in the fifth inning.

Rey Ordonez singled to center with one out and was sacrificed to second by Jones. Brian McRae’s double scored Ordonez, making it 3-1. Edgardo Alfonzo doubled in McRae and John Olerud singled before Huskey’s fourth homer made it 7-1.

Tomko, who was 4-0 in his last six starts, allowed seven runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Nunnally opened the game by drilling a 1-0 pitch from Jones over the center-field fence for his second homer.

Alberto Castillo’s two-run double in the second gave the Mets the lead for good, 2-1.

The Reds made it 7-3 in the eighth on Larkin’s third homer.

Notes: The Mets activated Alfonzo from the 15-day DL prior to the game and optioned outfielder Preston Wilson to Norfolk (AAA) of the International League before the game. Alfonzo went 1-for-4 on the day. Infielder Shawn Gilbert cleared waivers and accepted assignment to Norfolk. ... Nunnally entered the game hitting 6-for-36 (.167) in his last 21 games. ... The Mets are 14-9 at home and 7-10 on the road.

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