Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the Mets scored three times in the seventh to break open a close game. Nori Aoki doubled in two runs and Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Dominic Smith had a two-out RBI single in the sixth while Mark Reynolds finished with two hits.
2) Rafael Montero struggled through five innings, despite allowing one run. The 26-year-old surrendered four hits and struck out five, but matched his season-high with five walks, the second consecutive start he's issued five free passes.
3) Chasen Bradford, Josh Smoker, Jeurys Familia and Jamie Callahan struck out four and walked one in four hitless innings of relief.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets have won four straight for the first time since July 19-22 and improved to 4-1 on their seven-game homestand. They won a season-high five consecutive games from April 9-13.
New York set a franchise record with its ninth straight win at home against Cincinnati. The Mets are 18-2 in their last 20 meetings overall with the Reds dating back to 2014.
Phillip Evans had a pinch-hit double in the fifth for his first Major League hit.
Plawecki is hitting .302 (13-for-43) with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs in 13 games since returning to the Mets.
Montero (5-9) has won three consecutive starts and is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last five outings. He has surrendered four runs in 17 2/3 innings (2.04 ERA) in three career starts against the Reds.
Aoki is batting .321 with four doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored in seven games with the Mets. He's hit safely in 11 straight overall.
The Mets (63-79) look for a fifth consecutive win as they host the Reds (61-82) at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (14-9, 3.65 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) looks to rebound from his worst start of the season as he tries again for a career-best 15th win. The right-hander allowed season-highs of nine runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Phillies on Tuesday, the fourth time in five outings he's allowed at least four runs. DeGrom surrendered three earned runs in six frames during a loss to the Reds on Aug. 31.
Sal Romano (4-6, 4.62 ERA 1.51 WHIP) comes off a loss to the Pirates in his last start despite allowing one earned run over 5 2/3 innings. The rookie and Long Island native has a 2.45 ERA in his last four outings after posting a 6.05 mark in the first eight starts of his career. Romano allowed three runs in six innings against the Mets on Aug. 29 at Great American Ballpark.