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Mets' Wright scorches Reds

NEW YORK -- When David Wright came to the plate for the last time, the Cincinnati Reds had little choice -- they had to pitch to him.

And Wright pounded them, the same way he's punished most everyone else this season.

Wright lined his second double of the game, a tie-breaking drive in the eighth inning that raised his major league-leading average to .411 and sent the New York Mets past the Reds, 9-4, Thursday.

"All is good," Wright said.

Down 4-0, the Mets began their comeback in the middle innings. Then, they were the surprise winners in a matchup of bullpens that were going in different directions, and spoiled the Reds' extended stay in New York.

Ronny Cedeno's three-run homer capped a five-run eighth against Logan Ondrusek (3-1), a burst that began with a neatly placed bunt single by backup catcher Rob Johnson with one out.

Wright was up next and, after his shot down the left-field line was inches foul, sent a one-hopper off the wall in center for a 5-4 lead.

Playing despite a cold that had him sniffling, he went 2 for 2, drew three walks, scored three runs and stole a base. Wright, meanwhile, said he can do better despite a .513 on-base percentage.

"I'm getting some pitches to hit and I'm just not putting them in play," he said.

Cincinnati began the day with the best bullpen ERA in the NL while the Mets had among the worst. But a trio of Mets relievers pitched scoreless ball, with Bobby Parnell (1-0) getting the win.

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