Neil Walker hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the seventh, one of three homers on the night for the Mets, who defeated the Reds, 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
- Walker's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie and gave him a team-leading eight home runs for the season. It's the most home runs he has ever hit in a single month.
- Noah Syndergaard deserved a better fate on Monday, but his bullpen could not pick him up in the seventh inning. The right-hander was charged with three runs in 6 2/3 innings, with the last run scoring after he had left the game with a runner on first a 3-2 lead. Although not a truly dominating performance, Syndergaard struck out nine without walking a batter.
- Michael Conforto continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. He fell just a triple short of the cycle. Since moving into the third spot in the lineup 10 games ago, the 23-year-old is batting .378 with 10 runs scored, five doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs.
- Lucas Duda hit his fourth home run of the year and first at home. With three more home runs on Monday, the Mets have hit 26 as a team in their last 11 games.
- Travis d'Arnaud was replaced at catcher by Kevin Plawecki in the top of the eighth inning due to a sore shoulder.
Matthew Cerrone: What's gotten in to Walker, who is second in the major leagues with eight home runs? He's being so patient and clobbering the opposing pitcher's mistakes. I have no idea what his relationship was like with his hitting coach in Pittsburgh, but he clearly has a good thing going with Kevin Long, who helped him be more patient batting left-handed, while changing his batting stance from the right side. He's looked terrific.
I'm running out of ways to praise Syndergaard. There were points tonight when he wasn't at his best, but he dug deep and ended his outing getting out of a jam with some amazing off-speed pitches. He looked to be out of sync to start the game, but to see him regroup and fight says a lot about where his career is going.
- Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "He's not fun - he's not fun to hit, He's taking this, the way he's feeling, to a new level where his confidence is soaring. He's grown a lot, but he's certainly put his name at the top of the list of guys who have risen to be a star in this league."
- Walker on his home run and the crowd reaction: "That was really awesome and it made me feel very much at home. It's good to be part of this. I'm having a lot of fun."
- Collins on d'Arnaud's shoulder: "Any time you're talking about a shoulder problem with a catcher, it's concerning."
News and Notes
- The Mets won all seven meetings against the Reds in 2015 and have won a franchise-record nine straight dating back to 2014. New York is 14-2 in its last 16 meetings against Cincinnati.
- New York has scored first in a franchise-record 12 straight games. The Mets are 9-3 in that span.
- Walker's eight home runs tied Jeff Kent (1994) for the most homers hit by a second baseman in April. The Mets' record for most home runs in April is nine, done three times, most recently by John Buck (2013).
- Syndergaard's 38 strikeouts equaled Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the most strikeouts by a Mets pitcher through the first four starts of a season. Through 26 2/3 innings, Sydergaard has struck out 38 batters and walked only four.
- Yoenis Cespedes missed his third straight game on Monday due to lingering soreness and swelling in his right leg as a result of diving into the stands back on April 13. He had his knee drained earlier in the afternoon and is listed as day-to-day.
- David Wright struck out in his first two at-bats on Monday, giving him 26 strikeouts through his first 63 at-bats this season.
The Mets (11-7) and Reds (9-11) will meet again at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89 ERA) will start for New York against Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74 ERA).