After a 7-2 road trip, the Mets returned home Monday night to open a series with the woeful Reds. They had Noah Syndergaard on the mound and the bats remained powerful as they won again.
The Mets jumped out in front in the first, of course. Michael Conforto homered to right to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Reds tied the game in the third, courtesy of Bill Hamilton. The speedster reached first on a bloop bunt between Syndergaard and Neil Walker. He promptly stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Mets used another home run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Conforto singled and then Lucas Duda launched a long homer to right to give the Mets a 3-1 lead,
Holt singled with one out in the seventh and moved to second on a wild pickoff throw from Syndergaard. It proved costly because Holt scored on a two-out single, the final pitch for Syndergaard. Antonio Bastardo walked his first batter and then had to face Joey Votto. He hit a line drive single to right to tie the game at three. With runners on first and third, Logan Verrett came on. He struck out DeJesus to keep the game tied.
Syndergaard went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out nine Reds and did not walk a batter.
Continuing the theme, the Mets used the home run to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Neil Walker hit a two-run shot to make it a 5-3 game. It was Walker’s eighth home run on the young season.
Then it was up to Jeurys Familia, who has been less than automatic thus far this season. But he was fine on this night, nailing down the save.
Mets win 5-3, their fourth win in a row.