Syndergaard, Mets sweep, beat Reds for 14th straight time

Sep 5 2016 Cincinnati OH USA New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce along with wife Hannah and son Carter waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony before a game with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit David

On the first pitch of Wednesday's game, Reyes blasted a leadoff home run to right field off Anthony DeSclafani, collecting his sixth homer of the year. Winner Noah Syndergaard (13-8) tossed five scoreless innings and boasts a 1.00 ERA in his last four starts.

"When you're a star", Terry Collins said, "that's what you do". "He's an fantastic guy".

Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his last five starts. Granderson has scored nine runs and driven in 10 in those eight games. They handled their business in NY, hopped on a plane, and arrived in Cincinnati in the early morning.

It took one pitch for the New York Mets to put a run on the board and they didn't look back after that, winning the last game of a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds today by a score of 6-3 and sweeping the series.

Today's win pulled the Mets to within a half game of the St. Louis Cardinals and a game of the San Francisco Giants in the wild card standings.

NY had a short turnaround after a 5-1 victory over Washington on Sunday night, but the 43-year-old Colon traveled to Cincinnati ahead of the team and it looks as if the rest paid off.

Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes had solo shots off Brandon Finnegan.

But the 43-year-old Colon got plenty of rest after traveling to Cincy on Sunday.

"I feel no different than before", Granderson said.

"I got a chance to come play in a playoff race and I'm so happy to be here".

So, like it or not, the Reds and Mets will have plenty of options to choose from during Wednesday's finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Syndergaard, Mets sweep, beat Reds for 14th straight time

"It was a bit odd, coming over to the visiting side for the first time", Bruce said.

Yovani Gallardo (5-7) pitched five innings for Baltimore, giving up two runs (one earned) and five hits while striking out five.

"The Reds came to me very early in the process and asked me where I wanted to go and I gave them three places I wanted to go and NY wasn't one of them", he said. "I'm already here. Now I'm just trying to have fun".

CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber lost for the first time since July 3 after Marwin Gonzalez connected for a three-run homer off Cleveland's ace in the second inning. Reynolds added an RBI single in a three-run seventh.

Reynolds checked into the Mets' Cincinnati hotel at 9:15 Monday morning after flying all night from Salt Lake City.

"I don't want to say I am surprised; I am feeling good at the plate", Reyes said.

Two games, two wins, and pressure still being applied to the teams they're chasing. "I just moved forward and it worked out".

Flores has now hit 11 home runs in 99 at bats against lefties this season. The teams begin a three-game series Friday in Detroit.

The Cincinnati Reds have struggled in what is a rebuilding season with players needing experience. Peralta was an absolute disaster, facing four men and retiring none of them, and allowed two runs after Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch hit two run homer (16) to make it a 5-0 game. "Still playing one game at a time".

The Mets led 5-0 in the eighth when the Reds scored three times with Peraza's two-run double off Addison Reed being the big blow.

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