Mets take 14th straight against Reds
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.”