The Mets completed the sweep of the Reds Wednesday night — their second-straight series sweep and their sixth win in a row.
Matt Harvey found trouble with the first batter he faced — Zack Cosart homered to give the Reds the early lead.
But the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to some shoddy Reds outfield play. Alejandro De Aza singled to lead off the inning. David Wright filed out to right, but Adam Duvall took his sweet time getting the ball back to the infield, and De Aza took advantage and advanced to second. With two outs Lucas Duda hit an easy fly ball to left that should have ended the inning, but Scott Schebler dropped the ball and De Aza scored. Neil Walker followed with a single to score Duda to make it 2-1.
Walker made it 3-1 in the third with a solo home run. His ninth homer ties a Mets record for homers in the opening month of the season as well as tying Bryce Harper for the NL lead.
Cozart led off the fifth with a grounder into the hole in short. Asdrubal Cabrera couldn’t get the ball out of his glove and Cozart was safe at first. He moved to second on a ground out and to third on a Joey Votto single. Eugenio Suarez blooped a single over the head of Duda to make it 3-2.
The Mets extended the lead in the sixth when Michael Conforto hit a two-run double to make it a 5-2 game.
Harvey had his best outing of the year, going six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high seven batters.
The relievers held the Reds scoreless the rest of the way, and the Mets win 5-2. They are now just a game back of the Nationals for first place in the NL East.