Reds drop 13th straight to Mets, 5-3 on Cespedes' HR

by Steven Clarke September 9, 2016, 2:36

Reyes has hit six home runs and driven in 15 runs since joining the Mets in July. We always knew he had some pop.

Each of the first three Reds batters in the second inning reached, but the first two were thrown out trying to steal, the latter when Scott Schebler didn't slide.

Just like nearly every other baseball story line in NY, it is a lot of media driven talk over nothing.

A's 4, Angels 1 • Jharel Cotton made a memorable major league debut and showed last-place Oakland a glimpse of a promising future against visiting Los Angeles.

Dickerson, in a 2-for-28 slide, tied the score 6-all with an RBI single in the fifth and got the decisive hit during the seventh off Mychal Givens (8-2).

The Mets have a day off on Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday night. Syndergaard (W, 13-8) wasn't sharp, allowing six hits and four walks in five innings of work, but the Reds bailed him out by making a number of dumb base running decisions. The Mets go with Noah Syndergaard for his second start of the season versus Cincinnati. "The nights you don't have your best stuff is when you learn".

"I never doubted my talent", Reyes said. "I don't think we will". The victory also extended the Mets' winning streak over the Reds to a franchise-record 14 games.

REYES' POWER SURGE: Jose Reyes hit the first pitch of Wednesday's game into the right field seats and has homered in back-to-back games. "He has been swinging the bat well lately".

The Mets added two runs in the top of the eighth inning, when everyone's favorite Friend Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit two-run home run. The Reds did not play very good baseball today, folks. The team has gone 7-2 in those games, not including the last Reds game. It's a debate that may be coming to a close soon as Curtis Granderson is enjoying one of his patented hot streaks that includes a barrage of homers.

Machado's homer was his 34th this season, while Davis got his 35th and Jones got his 26th.

"I didn't think the ball got that far away", he said. It was his 25th homer of the season. Reds CF Billy Hamilton will not travel with the team for this weekend's series at Pittsburgh and will remain in Cincinnati to receive treatment for his strained left oblique.

"There's nothing like coming to the ballpark when it means something", said Collins.

The over is 9-2 in the Mets last 11 road games and the Mets are 12-4 in their last 16 overall while going 12-4 in their last 16 games on grass. Cincinnati has signed 20-year old Cuban RHP Vladimir Gutierrez, who was in Cincinnati Tuesday to complete a physical and finalize a minor-league deal reportedly worth more than $4 million.

Manager Terry Collins didn't mind have some extra options off the bench, but finding them time in batting practice etc. can be a chore, especially in the midst of a postseason race when the regular guys take priority. Matz, on the DL since August 15 with left shoulder tightness, threw off flat ground on Monday.

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