Reds drop 13th straight to Mets, 5-3 on Cespedes' HR

He blasted two homers August 30 against Miami, drove in five runs in the two wins over Washington over the weekend, and added a homer Tuesday. With Reyes at second and two outs, Peraza bobbled a routine groundball to short, allowing Yoenis Cespedes to reach first and Reyes to advance to third on the miscue. "I don't care what anybody says, that was a great play at the end of the game so there is no question there is still a lot of baseball game left in that guy".

Finnegan, who used 84 pitches to navigate through seven innings of his previous start last Wednesday at Anaheim, needed 105 to get through five Tuesday in a game that started with the thermometer hovering at 85 degrees. The Mets have now won 7 out of the last 9 games and are working hard at getting a shot at the wild card. It's the second-longest winning streak in franchise history behind a 15-game streak against the Pirates in 1986-87. The Reds had back to back runners thrown out trying to steal in the second inning, and they got runners on the corners with one out for Joey Votto in the third.

Alejandro De Aza led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer against Blake Wood, extending to 26 the franchise record for most home runs allowed to the first batters faced by relief pitchers.

REYES' POWER SURGE: Jose Reyes hit the first pitch of Wednesday's game into the right field seats and has homered in back-to-back games. "He's been swinging the bat well lately, they all have this whole series".

Granderson's blast to deep center on a 3-1 pitch from DeSclafani in the sixth made the score 3-0.

CHICAGO - Slugger Jose Abreu had three hits, Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead single against his former team in a four-run eighth inning and the White Sox beat the Tigers 7-4. "They have a good lineup and they're playing pretty good". It was his third of the season and overall 24th of his career.

"Really have to learn to struggle in order to continue to get better", Syndergaard said. It was his 25th homer of the season.

Adam Morgan snapped his major league-worst streak of nine consecutive losses, Odubel Herrera scored three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies spoiled Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton's return by beating the reeling Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.

The Mets swept this series from the Reds to complete a 6-0 sweep of the season series between the two teams.

"There's nothing like coming to the ballpark when it means something", said Collins.

The Mets are now eight games over.500 for the first time since July 8th, when they were 47-39. Reds CF Billy Hamilton will not travel with the team for this weekend's series at Pittsburgh and will remain in Cincinnati to receive treatment for his strained left oblique. Manager Terry Collins said he is undecided whether Montero will start again or whether the manager would turn elsewhere if neither Jacob deGrom nor Steven Matz is ready to return the next turn through the rotation. Matz, on the DL since August 15 with left shoulder tightness, threw off flat ground on Monday.

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