Mets 10 Reds 2
The Mets jumped on Mason, Ohio product T.J. Zeuch early and often on the way to a 10-2 battering of the Reds and a sweep of the three game series.
The Reds were outscored in the series 21-5 and have now dropped 5 of 7. The Mets have won five straight and 15 of 17.
Sputtering: The Reds managed just four earned runs over 20.2 innings vs Mets starting pitching, without facing Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom.
The Reds did strand 29 runners over three games.
Hometown Kid: It was a rough Reds debut for Mason H.S. product. Zeuch: 4 IN, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 K, HR. 91 pitches/54 strikes.
He gave up two runs in a 26 pitch 1st inning, three more runs in the 2nd inning and another in the 3rd. With a depleted bullpen, it devolved into a 'take one for the team' type of start. He ended things on a positive note by retiring the Mets in order in the 4th inning.
The Ex-Factor: Tyler Naquin continued his hot hitting, smoking a HR 439-feet off Zeuch in the 3rd inning. He added a double and scored in the 5th.
He entered the game hitting .346 (9 for 26) with two homers, two triples and a double in nine games with the Mets.
Response: Trailing 6-0 in the 4th, the Reds put two runs on the board with a Joey Votto RBI double and a Jake Fraley sacrifice fly.
Pile on: Leading 7-2 in the 6th inning, the Mets knocked out four straight hits vs Ian Gibaut on the way to scoring three more runs to make it 10-2.
Offense: Votto 2 H, 2B, BB, RBI, HBP, Kyle Farmer 2 H, Barrero had a single and a throwing error, Fraley BB, SF.
Safe space: Trailing by eight runs, David Bell handed the ball to Hunter Strickland to cover the 8th inning. 1.0, 2 K, 0 R.
Mark tied: Zeuch is the 57th player to appear in a game for the Reds this season, tying the 2003 single-season club record.