Where would the Mets be without Yoenis Cespedes? Well, they wouldn’t have won Tuesday night’s game; his home run late in the game as well as a key play in the field gave the Mets the win.
Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes hit solo home runs in the second and third innings, respectively, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
But Rafael Montero’s luck of getting out of jams caused by walks ran out in the third (he walked six in five scoreless innings in his first start of the season last week). He walked a batter and later Adam Duvall homered to tie the game at two.
Hernan Iribarren tripled off of Montero in the fifth. After another walk, Montero was lifted in favor of Josh Edgin. Joey Votto hit a sacrifice fly to score Iribarren to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.
But Cespedes took care of that. His two-run homer to dead center in the seventh to give the Mets the lead again, 4-3.
In the eighth, Cespedes threw out Brandon Phillips trying to stretch a single into a double to end the inning and avert a possible threat. So he’s a hero in the field, too.
Pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza hit a solo homer in the ninth for a huge insurance run.
Jeurys Familia, the last of seven pitchers the Mets used, closed out the game for his 46th save.
Mets win 5-3.