It took seven Mets pitchers to contain the Reds, and again manager Terry Collins is making all the right moves in a come from behind 5-3 victory on the road.
NY got their 13th straight win over Cincinnati, keeping pace with the Cardinals who overcame the Pirates with four two out runs in the top of the 9th.
With the overcrowded Wild Card race keeping every fan glued to the out of town scoreboard, teams in contention can’t afford to fold against the ball clubs that are gimmes.
Rookie Rafael Montero tried to keep the Mets in it to win it, lasting 4 innings, surrendering 3 runs on 3 hits, striking out 4, salvaging a no decision on the backs of his stingy bullpen brothers.
Edgin, Ynoa, Smoker, who notched his 2nd win, Salas, Reed and Familia were the middle and late inning law firm of shut out ball that a manager dreams of.
Curtis Granderson continues to cram for late season exams with a solo shot in the 2nd, followed by Jose Reye’s HR to right leading off the 3rd.
Reds first baseman Adam Duvall took Montero deep in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 2, then Joey Votto’s sac fly in the 5th gave his team a short lived lead in which Yoenis Cespedes erased in the 7th with a monster 2 run blast to center for a 4-3 Mets advantage.
In the top of the 9th, Collins gave Alejandro De Aza the role of pinch hitter, and he delivered, pouncing the first pitch out of the park for a two run Mets lead, which they never relinquished.
It’s too early to count the second Wild Card spot before it’s hatched, but it’s feeling pretty damn promising with NY’s 4th win in a row.