Mets 3, Reds 2
There's a fine line between being reckless and being aggressive. Ryan Freel went for a diving catch in the fifth. If he makes it, people are talking about how they love the way he plays.
But he didn't make it, and Lastings Milledge scores the winning run from first on a single. If Freel played the ball on the hop, Milledge stops at second.
Brandon Phillips tried to go from second to third in the ninth on a groundball to shortstop. If he makes it, he's a wild pitch away from scoring the tying run. But he didn't come close to making it, and a potential rally had lost its steam.
“Both Freel and Phillips, I know they feel terrible about what happened,” Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. “They were aggressive mistakes. They play all out. Sometimes you’ve got to reel it in a little.”
The Reds only had four hits on the night, so they may have lost anyway. But when you're playing a team like the Mets on the road, you can't afford mistakes -- aggressive mistakes or not.