Reds, Mets end campaign at Citi Field

Veteran right-hander Miguel Batista starts his fourth game game series against Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Batista began the year with 26 appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals before coming to the Mets, who became his 11th major-league team since he debuted as a 21-year-old rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992.

The 40-year-old Dominican made his first start with the Mets on Sept. 1 against Florida and followed it with two more starts before five consecutive straight relief appearances through Sept. 24.

He's 1-0 with New York with a 3.74 earned run average in 21 2/3 innings.

In 20 career games against the Reds, Batista is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

The Reds reply with former all-star Edinson Volquez, who's not won since June 29. The 28-year-old Dominican won at Tampa Bay to get to 3-7 on the season, but was sent to the minors after allowing six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings at St. Louis in July 5.

He's made three September starts and gone 0-2 with a no-decision while giving up 16 hits and 10 runs in 16 2/3 innings against Colorado, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Vazquez is 0-1 in two starts against the Mets with a 7.71 ERA.

On Tuesday, Drew Stubbs executed a go-ahead squeeze bunt as the Reds edged the Mets, 5-4, in 13 innings.

Juan Francisco slapped a one-out triple in the right-center field gap off of Dale Thayer (0-3) to set-up Stubbs for the squeeze that went toward third base.

Francisco Cordero earned his 37th save although he walked four in the 13th. Justin Turner hit into a game-ending unassisted double play when he lined out to Todd Frazier at second.

Jay Bruce had three hits, including a two-run homer for the Reds, who have won three straight.

Sam LeCure (2-1) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 12th.

Jose Reyes (.336) continued his pursuit of the first NL batting title in Mets history by going 3-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs. He leads the Brewers' Ryan Braun (.335), who went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

The Mets swept a four-game set in Cincinnati from July 25-28.