Mon­tero pitches a dandy

The Day - - SPORTS - By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer

Cincin­nati — Rafael Mon­tero took a one-hit­ter into the ninth in­ning Wed­nes­day night, and the New York Mets held on for a 2-0 vic­tory that ex­tended their dom­i­nance over the Cincin­nati Reds.

Mon­tero (3-9) al­lowed only Joey Votto's sin­gle through the first eight in­nings. The Reds loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on two hits and an in­ten­tional walk to Votto. A.J. Ramos fanned Adam Du­vall and Scooter Gen­nett for his 26th save in 28 chances.

Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki dou­bled in the first in­ning for a 2-0 lead against Homer Bai­ley (4-7), set­ting up the Mets' 12th vic­tory in their last 15 games at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park.

The Mets had won 14 straight against the Reds over­all since 2014, a streak snapped by Cincin­nati's 14-4 win Tuesday night.

The Mets will wrap up the se­ries this af­ter­noon and fly to Houston, which is re­cov­er­ing from the mas­sive flood­ing caused by Har­vey. Af­ter an un­sched­uled day off on Fri­day, they will play a dou­ble­header Satur­day.

Mon­tero had never gone more than 7 1/3 in­nings. He ex­tended the best stretch of his ca­reer — four con­sec­u­tive starts of least five in­nings and no more than three runs.

Bai­ley started on seven days' rest be­cause of a shoul­der ir­ri­ta­tion that lim­ited him to three in­nings in his last game. Bai­ley gave up four hits and one walk in six in­nings.

Trainer's room

Mets: RHP Matt Har­vey threw in the bullpen on Wed­nes­day and is sched­uled to start the first game of the dou­ble­header in Houston on Satur­day. Mys­tic's Har­vey has been side­lined since mid-June by a shoul­der in­jury . ... RHP Noah Syn­der­gaard will make a re­hab ap­pear­ance Satur­day for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He's been out since May 1 with a torn mus­cle in his back . ... SS Amed Rosario got a day of rest.

Reds: RHP An­thony DeS­clafani is sched­uled to throw in the bullpen on Fri­day in Pitts­burgh, but the Reds no longer ex­pect him to pitch this sea­son. He's been side­lined since spring train­ing by el­bow prob­lems. "The fo­cus isn't on get­ting him back to pitch here in Septem­ber," manager Bryan Price said . ... CF Billy Hamil­ton got a day of rest but pinch hit in the ninth and grounded out.

Up next

Mets: Ja­cob deGrom (14-7) tries for a ca­reer-best 15th vic­tory. He's fanned 201 bat­ters, four shy of his ca­reer high from 2015. He's faced the Reds once, get­ting the win in an 8-1 vic­tory in 2015 at Great Amer­i­can by giv­ing up a run in six in­nings.

Reds: Robert Stephen­son (2-4) makes his sixth start of the sea­son and his sec­ond ca­reer against the Mets. He faced them last Septem­ber and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 in­nings of a 5-0 loss.

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