Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Seth Lugo allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four in six scoreless innings to snap a five-start winless streak. The right-hander recorded three clean frames in his first scoreless outing of the season.
2) Jose Reyes went deep twice and Travis Taijeron hit his first Major League home run to account for four of the Mets' five runs. Reyes drove in three runs while he and Taijeron had two hits apiece.
3) A.J. Ramos picked up his 27th save of the season after entering the game with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He is seven-for-seven in save chances with the Mets.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
It might not be completely fair to accurately judge Lugo's performance this season considering what he's dealt with. Pitching with a partial tear in his right elbow and also missing time to due to a shoulder impingment hasn't exactly given him an even footing to follow up on what was a strong rookie campaign in 2016.
But fair or not, the Mets are watching his performance down the stretch closely. And with good reason. A rotation that was considered among the best in baseball heading into 2017 has been reduced to Jacob deGrom. Assuming Noah Syndergaard returns to full strength, and there is nothing to indicate he won't, that gives New York a nice 1-2 at the top ... but the rest of the rotation won't be nearly as settled when the club opens camp next February in Port St. Lucie. That's why it's imperative for pitchers like Lugo, Robert Gsellman and even Rafael Montero to finish strong to give the Mets some semblance of an idea how to go about their offseason planning.
Tonight, Lugo gave a refreshing reminder of what he can do when his pitches don't flatten out in the middle innings, as they had been. Against a good-hitting team, the right-hander worked quickly, got ahead and mixed his offerings up enough to keep the Reds off-balance. It wasn't a sexy line, but it was a nice rebound after more than a month of poor starts... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
New York won for the fourth time in five games and for the eighth straight time at home against Cincinnati. The streak matches the longest winning streak against the Reds at home set in 1984-85 at Shea Stadium. The Mets have won 17 of 19 overall against the Reds.
Reyes also went deep twice against the Dodgers on June 19 at Dodger Stadium. His first home run on Friday night was his 100th as a Met. He's hitting .385 (20-for-52) with three homers, eight RBIs and 18 runs scored in his last 15 games.
Juan Lagares went 0-for-4, which ended his eight-game hitting streak.
Lugo (6-4) had not turned in a scoreless start since Aug. 25, 2016 when he blanked the Cardinals for five innings.
Amed Rosario missed his fifth straight game with swelling in his right index finger.
The Mets (62-79) go for a second straight series win as they host the Reds (61-81) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on PIX11.
Rafael Montero (4-9, 5.21 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) goes for his third consecutive win after defeating the Phillies on Monday night despite allowing four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old has a 2.90 ERA in his last five starts, including his outing against the Reds on Aug. 30 when he tossed 8 1/3 shutout frames in a 2-0 win.
Homer Bailey (4-7, 7.24 ERA 1.79 WHIP) comes off his second consecutive solid outing but remains winless in his last four starts. The right-hander allowed three runs in six innings of a no-decision against the Brewers on Monday. That came on the heels of a two-run, six-inning performance in a loss to Montero and the Mets in Cincinnati on Aug. 30.