Reds get swept by Mets at Citi Field

Reds get swept by Mets at Citi Field

Neil Walker continued his torrid April by homering and finishing with two RBIs on Wednesday night as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-2 win at Citi Field.

The Mets (13-7) have won six straight and 11 of 13. The Reds (9-13) have lost four in a row and 12 of 16. Walker gave the Mets the lead for good with an RBI single in the first inning. His one-out solo homer in the third was his ninth home run of the month, tying a club record for April previously set by Dave Kingman, Carlos Delgado and John Buck.

Michael Conforto added a two-run double in the sixth. Alejandro De Aza scored two runs and stole a base for the Mets.

Right-hander Matt Harvey won his second straight start, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out seven in six innings. Jim Henderson and Hansel Robles threw a perfect inning apiece before Addison Reed notched his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Zack Cozart led the game off with a homer and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Reds. Eugenio Suarez had an RBI single in the fifth and Joey Votto singled twice.Right-hander Jon Moscot took the loss after allowing three runs (one earned), four hits and four walks while striking out two in five innings. The Reds made three errors behind Moscot, including two during a fourth inning in which the Mets didn’t score.

The Reds took the lead just four pitches into the game when Cozart homered to left field.

But the Mets went up 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when De Aza singled, went to second on a long flyout by third baseman David Wright and scored when left fielder Scott Schebler dropped a fly ball by Lucas Duda that should have been the third out of the inning. Duda raced home on a single to right by Walker.

The Mets extended the lead to 3-1 in the third on Walker’s record-tying homer.The Reds, who left the bases loaded in the top of the third, pulled within 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Cozart singled, went to second on a groundout by Ivan DeJesus and advanced a base each on singles by Votto and Suarez. But Harvey wriggled out of the jam by inducing Devon Mesoraco to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

NOTES: Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who hit a dramatic first-pitch, game-tying three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday’s 4-3 win, didn’t start for a fifth straight game as he recovers from a leg bruise. Cespedes is expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants. … Mets RF Curtis Granderson, who played every inning of the first 19 games, didn’t start Wednesday. … Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (left shin, left ring finger) didn’t start for a second straight game. He fouled two balls off his shin before being plunked in the left ring finger by Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on Monday. … Reds LHP John Lamb (back surgery) was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday night.