Mets take 14th straight against Reds

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

CINCIN­NATI — One pitch into the game, the Mets once again were headed in the right di­rec­tion.

Jose Reyes hit a lead­off home run, Noah Syn­der­gaard lasted five shutout in­nings and the Mets won their fifth in a row, beat­ing the Reds 6-3 on Wed­nes­day.

“We’re com­pletely fo­cused,” man­ager Terry Collins said. “We showed that when they scored three runs and we came right back with big hits. We’re in our world right now.”

Reyes and Cur­tis Gran­der­son each home­red for the sec­ond straight day as the Mets beat the Reds for the 14th straight time. Wilmer Flores added a pinch-hit, two-run drive.

The Mets fin­ished off a three­game sweep and have won eight of 10. They be­gan the day one game be­hind the Car­di­nals for the sec­ond NL wild-card slot.

But Reyes is try­ing not to get too caught up in this re­cent run.

“There’s still a lot of base­ball left,” he said. “We have to take it one game at a time and win se­ries. That’s what you have to do over the last (22) games.”

The Mets are one short of ty­ing the club record for con­sec­u­tive wins against one team. They won 15 straight against the Pi­rates from June 6, 1986, to April 9, 1987.

Syn­der­gaard (13-8) gave up six hits and four walks. But the Reds went 0-for-3 in try­ing to steal against him — op­pos­ing run­ners pre­vi­ously had been 45-for-51 this sea­son.

It was 87 de­grees and hu­mid at game time, and that might have taken a toll on Syn­der­gaard.

“It wasn’t what we had been see­ing,” Collins said. “His com­mand wasn’t there. I don’t know if it was the weather, but when I took him out, I knew he was out of gas. He gave us five. I’m glad we got him the win.”

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