Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and finished with three hits and the Mets went deep a season-high four times to help snap their six-game losing streak after a 7-6 win over the Reds on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce also went deep for the Mets, who collected a season-best nine extra-base hits. Amed Rosario and Yoenis Cespedes both doubled twice while adding sacrifice flies. Gonzalez finished with three hits while Conforto, Rosario, Cespedes and Bruce chipped in with two apiece. Gonzalez and Bruce each collected two RBIs.
2) P.J. Conlon pitched well before faltering in the fourth inning when he allowed two runs on three doubles and was removed four outs shy of qualifying for his first Major League win. The southpaw was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. He singled in the fourth for his first big league hit and scored a run.
3) Robert Gsellman (4-0) picked up the win, allowing a run in 2 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia fanned two in a perfect ninth to notch his 10th save in 13 opportunities and his first since April 24.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
The win is all that matters, but it really can never be easy with the Mets.
Despite opening up a 6-1 lead, homering four times and having nine of its 13 hits go for extra bases, New York still had to sweat out a victory over a Cincinnati squad that is nearly 20 games under .500. On May 7. But putting that aside, there were a few notable positives on the night from an offensive aspect, particularly Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario. Both have struggled immensely in the early going and it's imperative the Mets get production from both -- Conforto in particular -- if they want to avoid scraping for runs on a nightly basis.
The rest of the lineup looked comfortable in the hitter's haven that is Great American Ball Park, and why not? Combine the benefit of playing in a bandbox with going up against a pitcher in Homer Bailey, who is basically a batting practice pitcher at this point, and it lends itself to a much-needed offensive outbreak for New York. Of course it's only one game and against one of the worst teams in baseball, but this is where the Mets need to try and get themselves back on track. It wouldn't matter if they were playing a squad of teenagers at this point ... they need wins and some confidence after a horrible homestand and what has been a lackluster three weeks.
Now to try and win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month...
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
New York snapped its six-game losing streak while improving to 19-3 in its last 22 games against Cincinnati.
The Mets have homered 28 times in their last 11 games at Great American Ball Park.
New York took an immediate lead on Monday night after being ahead in two of its previous 54 innings. The offense tallied 13 hits after going 38-for-197 (.193) on the homestand.
Bruce's 136 home runs at Great American Ball Park are second only to Joey Votto (144).
Gonzalez homered in the same game for the first time since he hit three, also in Cincinnati, on Aug. 22, 2016. He joined Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier as Mets with multi-homer games this season. Gonzalez has gone deep three times in his last 19 at-bats after homering twice in his first 64.
Conforto's leadoff home run was the seventh of his career and the Mets' first of 2018. It was his first home run since April 5, a span of 74 at-bats.
Frazier returned to Cincinnati for the first time since he was traded to the White Sox following the 2015 season. He was a two-time All-Star with the Reds (2014-15) and won the Home Run Derby during the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Conlon became the first native of Ireland or Northern Ireland to play in the Majors since Joe Cleary of the Washington Senators in 1945.
The Mets (18-15) will try take the series from the Reds (8-27) on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jason Vargas (0-2, 16.20 ERA, 8 Ks, 3.00 WHIP) hopes the third time is the charm after he was blitzed for 15 runs and 20 hits in his first two starts of the season. After surrendering nine runs in 3 2/3 innings during his season debut against the Padres on April 28, the Braves hammered him for six runs, including three homers, in 4 2/3 last Thursday at Citi Field. Vargas is 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA in two career starts against the Reds, who he last faced in 2006.
Luis Castillo (1-4, 7.01 ERA, 31 Ks, 1.67 WHIP) toes the rubber for Cincinnati coming of his best outing of the year. Despite taking the loss, the 25-year-old surrendered two runs and struck out seven in six innings against Milwaukee last Wednesday. He opened the season with a 7.85 ERA in his first six starts in which he surrendered four runs or more four times. Castillo has yet to face the Mets in a career that began last season when he posted a 3.12 ERA in 15 big league starts.