Posted by Craig Mitchell at 7:08 PM
Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, Matt Harvey kept the Reds at bay; while Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson swung big bats again as the Mets clinch the National League East title with a 10-2 win. The Mets made their statement in the top of the first inning. David Wright walked, Daniel Murphy singled and Travis d’Arnaud walked to load the bases with 2 out for Duda, who clubbed a liner over the right field wall for a grand slam, his first career grand slam and 25th homer on the year for a 4-0 Met lead. In the 2nd Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer, his 25th as well and it was 5-0 Mets. In the bottom of the 2nd the Reds got to Harvey when Ivan DeJesus doubled in Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier to make it 5-2. The Amazins made it a 5 run lead again in the top of the 3rd when the resurgent Michael Cuddyer stroked a 2 run double and it was 7-2. In the top of the 9th Wright put an exclamation mark on the game with a 3 run homer, his 5th on the year to make it 10-2. Harvey had no early exit in this one going 6 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits 2 runs (both earned) and striking out 8. He left in the 7th in favor of Addison Reed who retired the side in the 7th. Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless 8th; Jeurys Familia retired the side in the 9th in the non-save situation. Harvey notches the win in the clincher; he’s now 13-7. John Lamb took the loss falling to 1-4. With the win the Mets win their 10th straight road game. That’s a new club record. They’ve also won 23 of their last 28 away from Citi Field. Overall the Mets are 88-67 and now 40-37 on the road. Sunday afternoon is the finale of this series as the Mets go for the sweep. Jacob deGrom (13-8 2.64) goes for the Mets, Keyvius Sampson (2-5 6.45) goes for the Reds.