Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 shutout
innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati's Mat Latos
in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.
Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won
two of three in the series to further dampen Cincinnati's hopes of hosting the
National League wild-card playoff game on Tuesday.
The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central
Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The
Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting
Friday in Cincinnati.
Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He
struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in
his first four starts after joining the Mets in August.
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