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Final Score: Mets 4, Reds 3 — Unearned runs earn series win in Cincy

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The Mets scored four unearned runs thanks to Reds errors, then weathered a rough ninth from Jenrry Mejia to take the rubber match in Cincinnati.

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While you were watching football (it's okay, looked like everyone in Cincinnati was, too), Zach Wheeler kept the Reds off the board for most of his outing, despite finding trouble all afternoon. He was particularly impressive by Houdini-ing his way out of a bases-loaded-nobody-out jam in the bottom of the fourth. The sole mark on his ledger came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, when a trio of consecutive singles plated the game's first run.

The Mets responded immediately in the top of the sixth, with some help from Billy Hamilton, who straight up dropped an easy fly ball by Wilmer Flores. Curtis Granderson then tied up the game with an RBI single, and Anthony Recker executed his weekly heroics on schedule by belting a laser beam two-out two-run homer. Hamilton's boo-boo meant all runs were unearned, and the same was true of a Granderson solo shot in the top of the eighth, thanks to a dropped foul popup earlier in the at bat.

After Wheeler went six, Carlos Torres and Jeurys Familia pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Jenrry Mejia allowed the Reds to get back into the game, beginning with a Jay Bruce leadoff homer in the ninth. One out later, he gave up a single and walk to put the winning run on base. With two outs, further palpitations were caused when a seeming game-ending groundout was overturned on review, but Mejia recovered to strikeout Devin Mesoraco. The win gave the Mets consecutive road series wins for the first time since September of 2013.

So how about Geno Smith, huh?

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