Mets LHP Jason Vargas struggled from the outset against the Reds on Tuesday and went on to allow three runs in an outing that was cut short by a rain delay that lasted nearly two hours.
Vargas allowed a run on three hits before a thunderstorm rolled over Citi FIeld, which sent the game into a delay and ended his night early. He gave up a leadoff single to Jose Peraza, who stole second and reached third when Brandon Nixon struck out.
Scooter Gennett then drove in Peraza with a base hit to center field and Eugenio Suarez followed it up with a ground-rule double to move Gennett to third on the last play before the game entered a delay.
Once the game resumed, the Mets replaced Vargas with Paul Sewald, who allowed Vargas' baserunners to score and ended the inning with the Reds leading, 3-0.
The 35-year-old Vargas threw 14 pitches and struck out one batter, accounting for the only out he recorded before departing.
Vargas was coming off a seven-strikeout outing against the Braves on Aug. 2 as he allowed four runs on six hits in a season-high five innings of work.
The veteran left-hander has an 8.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Mets this season.