NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes hit two solo home runs, putting pop into his bid for the NL batting title, but the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night on Drew Stubbs’ squeeze bunt in the 13th inning.
Reyes began the next-to-last game of the season with a minuscule .00006 lead over Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun. Reyes went 3 for 6 and raised his average to .336, finishing the evening one point ahead of Braun, who went 1 for 2 in a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.
Juan Francisco, who entered after Reds star Brandon Phillips exited early with a strained left quadriceps, hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth. He then hustled for a triple in the 13th and scored on Stubbs’ bunt.
Justin Turner lined into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game, leaving Reyes on deck.