Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:16 PM
Thursday night in Cincinnati, a red hot Daniel Murphy hit a RBI triple to score the go ahead run in the top of the 7th, the Mets go on to beat the Reds 6-4 and drop their magic number to 3. Steven Matz toed the rubber for the Mets in this one. The Reds got to Matz in the bottom of the 1st inning connecting for 3 hits, the last of which was an RBI single by Brandon Phillips for a 1-0 lead. The Mets came back against Josh Smith. Matz reached on an infield single and went to 2nd on a Curtis Granderson ground out. David Wright then doubled home Matz. Murphy singled to make it 1st and 3rd for Yoenis Cespedes who struck a sac-fly to center to make it 2-1. Lucas Duda then doubled down the right field line scoring Murph from first and it was 3-1 Mets. The Reds got a run back in the 5th on another RBI single by Phillips. In the 6th, a wicked short hop to third by pinch hitter Adam Duvall got past Wright to bring home Eugenio Suarez with the tying run. In the top of the 7th with 1 out Granderson singled. After Wright lined out to deep right Murphy came through with the triple to make it 4-3. Cespedes then singled home Murphy and Lucas Duda struck his 2nd RBI double of the night to make it 6-3 Mets. In the 8th, Jay Bruce clubbed a solo homer, 26th on the year to cap the scoring. Matz didn’t have his best stuff, he lasted 5 2/3 allowing 10 hit 3 runs (all earned) while striking out 8. He takes a no-decision but it is the first time in his career that he yielded 3 runs in a game. Erik Goeddel picks up the win in relief; it is his first ML win. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless 7th, Hansel Robles the 8th and yielded the homer by Bruce. Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th securing his 42nd save. The 42 saves puts Familia only one away from tying Armando Benitez’ club record 43 saves in 2001. Manny Parra takes the loss falling to 1-2. Murph led the way going 3 for 5 with the RBI and 2 runs scored; Cespedes and Duda both had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Win the win the Mets improve to 86-67 on the year and are now 38-37 on the road, having now won 21 of their last 26 away from Flushing. The Mets lead is now 7 ½ games over the Nats with 9 to go. Friday night is game two of the series. Noah Syndergaard (8-7 3.39), Anthony DeSclafani (9-11 3.79) goes for Cincy.