Bartolo Colon pitched six innings and despite a turnaround of barely 14 hours from their win on Sunday night, the Mets stayed hot with a 5-0 win over the Reds on Monday at Great American Ball Park.
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- Buoyed by a double play in each of the first two innings and working out of two separate jams with a man on third and nobody out, Colon (13-7) managed to hold the Reds off the scoreboard during his six frames. The 43-year-old allowed five hits and walk while striking out two.
- Matt Reynolds and Kelly Johnson hit solo homers to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. New York scored three times in the seventh on RBI singles by Reynolds and Asdrubal Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza. Reynolds finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
- Wilmer Flores had three hits, including a double, but he was thrown out trying to take the extra base twice in his first two plate appearances.
- Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson were given the day off. Cabrera was held out of the starting lineup but pinch-hit for Colon in the seventh.
- Jay Bruce was honored before the game by the Reds before going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game in Cincinnati since he was dealt to New York on Aug. 1.
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Terry Collins on Colon: "We had a man on the mound, temperatures or nothing bothers him. Of course we sent him here early yesterday, but he just gave us what he always does, that's quality innings. Allowed us to get some runs, he's an amazing guy."
Collins on Reynolds: "It's the second time he's taken a red eye and hit a homer. So we're going to put him on a red eye and bring him back again tomorrow. That's what young guys do, that's why even though September is a different kind of game, the energy some of those young guys bring, really helps."
Reynolds on his big day: "It was great. It's everything I could ask for. I just want to go out there and help the team win."
Bruce on the reception in his return to Cincinnati: "I was just grateful, honestly. I didn't think too far past it, other than that. Definitely not something I expected or asked for anything like that. I think if you ask them, we had a really good relationship. A lot of great things happened here with the Reds and myself. I grew from a kid to a man with a family here -- professionally and off the field, as well."
News and notes…
- The Mets have won 12 straight games against the Reds and 17 of 19 dating back to 2014.
- New York has 185 home runs on the season, tied for the fourth most in franchise history with the 2004 club. The 2006 team hit a club-record 200 homers.
- Colon has allowed two runs or fewer in 16 of his last 20 starts. He has yielded one run or fewer 10 times in 28 starts this season.
- From 2008 until he was traded to New York last month, Bruce hit 233 homers for the Reds, including 135 at Great American Ball Park. That figure represents the highest in the history of the 14-year-old ballpark.
- Reynolds was recalled from from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the game and the Mets are expected to call up several more players prior to Tuesday's contest.
The Mets (72-66) will go for their 13th consecutive win against the Reds (57-79) when they meet at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Starting in place of Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.68 ERA) makes his second start for New York after he pitched five scoreless innings last Monday against the Marlins. Southpaw Brandon Finnegan (8-10, 4.19 ERA) carries a 3.21 ERA in nine second-half starts into his outing for Cincinnati.