This time bruised skin didn't lead to bruised feelings. This time there was no finger-pointing. This time no one accused anyone of doing anything underhanded.

A night after Joey Votto and David Wright were hit by pitches, two more players, one from each team, were hit in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Mets Saturday night at Citi Field.

Jay Bruce, who hit a three-run home run in the first inning for the Reds, was hit by Jon Niese during his next at-bat. In the sixth, Reds starter Homer Bailey hit Mets cleanup hitter Lucas Duda.

Both Mets manager Terry Collins and Reds manager Dusty Baker said they didn't think there was any ill intent behind the pitches.

"Not today," Collins said. "I don't think that was intentional at all."

That's not what Collins said Friday after Wright was hit in the eighth inning. Collins accused Reds pitcher Sean Marshall of going after his best hitter in retaliation for Votto being hit by Dillon Gee.

Collins made a reference to the Reds-Indians incidents from earlier in the week when Reds starter Mat Latos buzzed Indians starter Derek Lowe and Lowe hit Brandon Phillips. "Well, I watched the same thing you did the other day," Collins said after Friday's game. "When their guy got hit, they answered, so I'm not surprised."

Wright also believed that he was hit intentionally, though he didn't seem to have any problems with it.

"That's the way you play the game," Wright said. "I know we didn't hit [Votto] on purpose, but you take care of your guys. We would have done the same thing."

Of course, that's not what they did Saturday.


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