Cliff Floyd hit two of New York's three homers off Todd Van Poppel, driving in four runs and leading the visiting Mets to a 7-5 victory last night over the Cincinnati Reds.
Ty Wigginton added a two-run shot as the Mets rebounded from their doubleheader sweep by the Yankees on Sunday. They've won two of their last six games overall.
Jae Seo (4-5) and four relievers held on against a Reds lineup missing two of its top hitters -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Sean Casey.
Griffey was a late scratch because of cramps in his left calf, but pinch-hit against Braden Looper in the ninth and singled to load the bases with none out, ending the worst slump of his career.
Griffey has gone 1 for 27 since hitting his 500th career homer on June 20, with his single last night ending a career-worst 0-for-24 stretch.
Barry Larkin grounded into a run-scoring double play that undercut the rally and helped Looper get his 14th save in 16 chances. Adam Dunn grounded out to end it.
Casey, who is batting .352, is expected to miss the entire series with a strained right calf. He hurt it while running out a single last Sunday.
The Reds managed only one run in the first five innings off Seo, who faded but got his first victory since June 3. Brandon Larson hit a two-run homer and Larkin doubled home a run as the Reds rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the seventh.
Van Poppel had his roughest outing since he moved into the rotation after Jimmy Haynes was waived last month. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs in only 51/3 innings, with Floyd doing most of the damage.
Floyd was hit on the leg in the second inning and came around on a groundout and Mike Cameron's single.
Floyd pulled the first pitch from Van Poppel over the wall in right, just inside the foul pole, for a 2-1 lead in the fourth. He hit a three-run shot, also on the first pitch, into the seats in left-center field in the sixth inning.
* PIRATES 3, CARDINALS 0: Rookie left-hander Sean Burnett shut out St. Louis for six innings in his first major league victory, and Tike Redman drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh at home.
Burnett (1-2), who got little run support in his first three career starts, outpitched Chris Carpenter (8-3) as the last-place Pirates beat the division-leading Cardinals for the second straight night after dropping 14 of 16 at home to St. Louis.
The Pirates again got excellent pitching as they won their fourth in a row, matching a season high previously set May 13-16. They began the three-game series with an 11-22 home record that was the majors' worst, while the Cardinals still own the best road record (26-14).
Burnett, no doubt aware the Pirates scored only four runs in his first three starts, worked out of jams in the first two innings before settling in. He stranded runners on first and second by striking out Reggie Sanders in the first, then, after allowing leadoff singles to John Mabry and So Taguchi in the second, retired the next three hitters.
The Cardinals stranded seven runners during Burnett's six innings and nine overall and have scored only one run so far in the series, which started with a 2-1 loss Monday to Kris Benson and reliever Jose Mesa.