Posted by Craig Mitchell at 4:47 PM
Sunday in Cincinnati a dropped fly ball by Billy Hamilton opened the doors to a 2 run homer by Anthony Recker. The Mets beat the Reds 4-3. Zach Wheeler started for the Mets and pitched terrific once again. Wheeler pitched out of jams all day long, including a bases load no out jam in the 4th. In the 5th, the Reds broke through with a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Scott Schumaker . A half inning later Hamilton dropped a flyball to center by Wilmer Flores putting him at 2nd with only 1 out, after RBI single by Curtis Granderson tied the game at 1, Recker clubbed a long two run homer, his 6th on the year to make it 3-1. In the 8th, an error cost the Reds again as Jack Hannahan dropped a foul pop up by Granderson. Given the second chance Granderson then made it 4-1 with a solo homer in the continued at bat. For Grandy his 18th on the year and 2nd home run in the series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2 for 5, Juan Lagares went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 3 stolen bases. Wheeler went 6 innings allowing 5 hits 1 run (earned) he walked 2 and struck out 6. Wheeler earns his 10th win improving to 10-9. Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless 7th, Jeurys Familia pitched the 8th. Jenrry Mejia had trouble in the 9th allowing a solo homer to Jay Bruce, his 16th on the year. He also allowed an RBI single by Ryan Ludwick but got out of the 9th with his 24th save. Mat Latos was the hard luck loser pitching 6 good innings but gets charged with 3 unearned runs taking the loss. The Mets finish this road trip 4-2 and are now 35-40 on the road; overall they improve to 68-75. Monday it’s back home to Citi Field to start a 10 game home stand. Monday night the Rockies are in town. Jonathon Niese (8-10 3.68) goes for the Mets, Jordan Lyles (6-2 4.35) goes for Colorado.