The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score
Five Takeaways from Friday's game
1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.
2) Jacob deGrom had a Cy Young Award worthy performance, as the righty threw a scoreless seven innings with nine strikeouts. He reached 7.0 innings for the seventh straight game and 11th time in his last 12 starts... he has now thrown 25.0 consecutive scoreless inning against the Reds.
3) Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run. It was No. 23 on the season for McNeil, who added a single in the eighth inning to give him 52 multi-hit games this season.
4) In the top of the seventh inning, Amed Rosario launched a two-run homer to extend the Mets lead to 3-0... it's his 14th homer of the year.
5) Michael Conforto ended his 0-for-21 batting streak with a RBI single in the top of the ninth, as the Mets scored a total of three runs in the inning, making their lead 8-0.
The Mets continue their series with the Reds on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. RHP Zack Wheeler (11-7, 4.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets while RHP Anthony DeSclafani (9-9, 3.93 ERA) starts for the Reds.