The Mets fell behind by three runs in a first inning interrupted by a lengthy rain delay and managed two hits in a 6-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jason Vargas allowed three of the first four batters to reach and allowed a run before play was halted due to severe weather. He did not return following the 100-minute delay and was replaced by Paul Sewald, who allowed both inherited runners to score. Vargas (2-8) was charged with three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.
2) Tyler Bashlor, Drew Smith and Sewald struck out five in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Bobby Wahl allowed a two-run homer to Philip Ervin in the third and ex-Met Dilson Herrera went deep off Jacob Rhame in the ninth.
3) Jose Bautista snapped an 0-for-23 skid with an RBI single following Brandon Nimmo's double in the second. Nimmo reached base three times on a double, single and a walk. The Mets put the first two runners on base in the seventh on a pair of walks but failed to score.
News and notes...
The Mets lost to the Reds for only the third time in 15 games at Citi Field since 2014.
New York is 23-37 (.383), the second-worst winning percentage in the National League behind San Diego (.357). The Mets are 11-26 (.297) in their last 36 home games.
New York's streak of games with nine or more hits ended at three, the second-longest of the season. The club collected nine or more hits in six straight contests from June 16-21.
Luis Guillorme flied out as a pinch-hitter in the third and has now gone 51 consecutive at-bats without striking out. That is the longest current streak in the Majors.
The Mets (46-65) and the Reds (50-65) play the rubber game at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon at 12 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (5-7, 1.85 ERA/2.28 FIP, 173 K, 0.970 WHIP) closes the series and homestand after suffering his fourth straight loss after allowing two runs over eight innings to the Braves. The right-hander has one win in his last 13 starts despite a 1.89 ERA in that span. He's surrendered three runs or fewer in all but one of his 22 starts and two runs or fewer 15 times. DeGrom is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Reds. He yielded two runs in six innings in his most recent start against Cincinnati last Sept. 10.
Robert Stephenson (11-6, 2.87 ERA, 135 Ks, 1.159 WHIP with Triple-A Louisville) toes the rubber in his first Major League appearance of 2018. The 25-year-old went 5-6 with a 4.68 ERA in 25 appearances -- 11 starts -- with the Reds last season but has spent the entire year in the minors with Triple-A Louisville. Stephenson defeated the Mets last Aug. 31, holding them to two runs over six innings. The former first-round pick is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in two career starts against New York.