Wednesday’s game between the Reds and the Mets was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel, but instead the two teams combine to score seven runs in the final three innings with Cincinnati delivering the final blows in a 7-4 victory at Citi Field.
The victory wraps up the Reds (29-18) nine game road trip in which they finished 7-2 including two sweeps. Cincinnati was also able to not lose any ground on the first place Cardinals (30-16) and stayed even with the Pirates (28-18).
The Reds started the game in an early 1-0 hole as Mat Latos allowed back-to-back doubles to open the game to give the Mets (17-27) the lead. Cincinnati seized the lead in the third inning when Joey Votto homered off Matt Harvey to make it a 2-1 game.
Another extra base hit helped the Mets set up another run in the fifth inning. Ruben Tejada doubled to start the frame and then came in to score thanks to a sac bunt followed by a sac fly by Daniel Murphy to tie the game.
Cincinnati took the lead back in the seventh when Zack Cozart picked up his fourth hit of the day off Harvey and then moved to second on a single by Votto. Cozart scored the go ahead run on an RBI single by Brandon Phillips. Jay Bruce grounded out to score Votto for a 4-2 lead.
The Mets tied the game in the bottom of inning when Murphy singled home John Buck and then came in to score on an RBI triple by Rick Ankiel. J.J. Hoover came on to relieve Latos and was able to keep the game tied by getting David Wright to pop out to second.
Brandon Lyon worked a 1-2-3 eighth for the Mets and Alfredo Simon (4-1) was able to avoid any damage after inducing a double play with runners at first and second to keep the Reds alive.
Bobby Parnell (4-1) came on for the Mets in the ninth and was greeted by Shin-Soo Choo who doubled and then moved to third on a ground ball by Cozart. Parnell intentionally walked Votto to bring up Phillips who delivered in bizarre fashion.
Phillips made contact on a check swing that was headed down the first base line and instead of getting in front of the ball, first baseman Ike Davis attempted to guard the line, but watched as the ball went over the bag and into right field. Choo scored the go ahead run and then Votto advanced to third and Phillips to second as the ball stopped in foul territory between Davis and the right fielder.
Jay Bruce would be intentionally walked to load the bases and Todd Frazier delivered a pinch-hit two-run single to cushion the Reds lead.
Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth and worked a scoreless frame to pick up his tenth save of the season and complete the three-game sweep.
Cincinnati now returns home for five games, with the first of three coming against the Cubs on Friday. Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 3.28 ERA) looks to extend his 15 straight innings without allowing a run while Scott Feldman (4-3, 2.19 ERA) looks to build off his recent success.