The Mets were not playing their best baseball Tuesday night. Their hot offense was stymied through six innings, the defense was shaky at times, and starter Bartolo Colon wasn't at his best, either.
The trouble started in the third with two poor defensive plays by Wilmer Flores and David Wright that put runners on second and third with one out for Joey Votto. He hit a sacrifice fly to center, which scored Billy Hamilton and gave the Reds a 1-0 lead.
Trouble found Colon again an inning later when Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0. The damage could have been worse had Kevin Plawecki not thrown out Adam Duvall attempting to steal second earlier in the inning.
Unlike Colon, Reds starter Brandon Finnegan was cruising through a shuffled Mets' lineup that was missing Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Travis d'Arnaud. Finnegan had only given up one hit, a Michael Conforto single, through five innings. The Mets tried to get a rally going in the sixth when Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with back-to-back hits, but Finnegan retired the next three batters in order.
Logan Verrett started for Colon in the sixth and got some defensive help from Neil Walker, who turned an impressive double play to end a Reds' rally. He was also able to escape a threat in the seventh when he struck out Eugenio Suarez with runners on first and second and two out.
With the score still 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Reds manager Bryan Price stayed with Finnegan instead of making a pitching change when Finnegan got into trouble. Juan Lagares walked with one out, and Kevin Plawecki followed with a single. Terry Collins stated earlier in the day that Yoenis Cespedes might be available to pinch hit and made good on that statement when he sent Cespedes to the plate as the tying run.
Cespedes wasted no time and swung at the first pitch he saw from Finnegan, smoking it over the left field wall and tying the game at three. Tony Cingrani relieved Finnegan and gave up a triple to Granderson. After Cabrera struck out, it was left to David Wright, who has been striking out at an alarming rate. On an 0-2 pitch, Wright lined a hit over the third baseman's head to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Addison Reed pitched around a Flores error in the eighth, and Jeurys Familia pitched a clean ninth to secure his seventh save of the year and give the Mets a five-game winning streak.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners:Yoenis Cespedes +36.8%, Curtis Granderson +19.9%, Jeurys Familia +14.2%, Addison Reed +10.2%
Big losers: Bartolo Colon -15.3%, Neil Walker -12.7%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Yoenis Cespedes's pinch hit game-tying home run, +36.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ivan De Jesus's two-run home run, -18.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +13.1% WPA
Total batter WPA: +36.9% WPA
GWRBI!: David Wright