Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Brandon Nimmo recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in three runs. He also doubled, walked and scored three times.
2) Jose Reyes gave New York the lead with a two-run run single in the fourth. Juan Lagares and Nimmo went back-to-back in the fifth while Dominic Smith added an RBI single. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run taken away on an umpire review but finished with a double and a single, his third straight multi-hit effort.
3) Matt Harvey allowed single runs in the first and second but nothing else in his second start since returning from the disabled list. The right-hander was charged with two runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in five innings to win for the first time since May 28.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
By no means was this vintage Harvey, but that's probably a thing of the past anyway. With that said, it was unquestionably progress as he searches for what he is as a pitcher at this point in his career. He only induced two swings-and-misses, but while he got a little lucky, he was also efficient and his location was better than it has been.
This is going to have to be the new Harvey as he finds a way to re-invent himself and survive as a big leaguer. He has to get crafty and incorporate his change-up -- his slider speed is too close to his fastball to get hitters off-balanced, which is contributing to the increased contact percentage. Still, this was a positive night for Harvey, something he badly needed.
There are several players making impressions in this end-of-season audition, but perhaps the standout is Nimmo, who continues to get on-base at an incredible rate. And tonight, he showed off his power potential as well in a career night at the plate. He's using all-fields, hustles on every play, and is showing he could be an answer at the top-of-the-order. Of course, Nimmo's future will depend on Michael Conforto's status and other acquisitions. But it's nice to see good things happening for a good kid and actually entering the conversation for a big role. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have won three of the first four games on their homestand.
New York is 16-2 in its last 18 games against Cincinnati and has won seven straight against them at Citi Field
With 202 homers, the Mets have reached 200 home runs for the second straight season. Last year's club hit a franchise-record 218 roundtrippers.
Lagares extended his hitting streak to eight games with his third home run of the season.
Nori Aoki singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games, including all six with he's played with the Mets.
Harvey (5-4) improved to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six career starts against the Reds.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (61-79) continue their four-game set with the Reds (61-80) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Seth Lugo (5-4, 5.00 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) looks to pitch New York to a fourth win in five games in his first career start against Cincinnati. The right-hander blanked the Astros for five innings last Saturday before allowing four runs without recording an out in the sixth. Lugo is 0-2 with a 6.93 ERA in his last five starts dating back to July 25.
Amir Garrett (3-6, 7.41 ERA 1.56 WHIP) returns to the Reds' rotation after he was returned to Triple-A Louisville in late June. The 25-year-old rookie and St. John's University product posted a 12.49 ERA in his last six starts and went 1-8 with a 9.07 ERA in his previous 10 outings after beginning his career with back-to-back wins. Garrett has never faced the Mets.