Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly started a four-run rally in the seventh inning off Cincinnati's bullpen on Monday night, and the New York Mets held on for a 4-2 victory over the Reds, who couldn't get that elusive third straight win.
The Mets rallied against Mike Leake (8-6) and two relievers,stopping Cincinnati's modest two-game winning streak. The Reds haven't won three in a row since they swept the Dodgers from June 13-15.
R.A. Dickey (5-8) allowed eight hits and a pair of runs in 6 2-3 innings. Jason Isringhausen struck out Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded to end the opener of the four-game series.