Phillips, Cueto & Reds top Mets for 6th win in row

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Phillips hit a tiebreaking single and made a between-the-legs flip to start a flashy double play, leading Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 3-1 Sunday for their sixth straight win.

The NL Central leaders completed their first three-game sweep in New York since 2001 and matched their longest winning streak of the season. The Reds also finished 6-2 this year in visits to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.

Cueto (8-3) struck out a season-high eight in seven innings. He also doubled for the first extra-base hit of his career.

The only run against Cueto came when he issued a bases-loaded walk to pitcher Chris Young — at 6-foot-10, the Mets starter has a strike zone as large as anyone in the majors.

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