Jose Iglesias homered off Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom rediscovered his Cy Young form, throwing seven shutout innings of three-hit ball after losing his previous three starts. But as was often the case last season, his teammates didn’t provide much support.
It was the second time in three nights that Diaz (0-2) gave up a tiebreaking homer to the Reds in the ninth. Jesse Winker connected against the All-Star closer in the series opener Monday to give Cincinnati a 5-4 victory.
This time, the diminutive Iglesias pulled an 89 mph slider into the left field corner with two outs for his second home run this year and 23rd overall in eight major league seasons. A frustrated Diaz snapped his head and yelled on the mound after the ball cleared the fence.
Zach Duke (2-1) got one out for the win. Michael Lorenzen worked a perfect ninth for his second save, as heavily used closer Raisel Iglesias was rested.
Winker made a sliding catch in foul territory on Brandon Nimmo’s fly to left for the final out. Winker waved bye-bye to Mets fans seated nearby as he got up and trotted off.
Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, from nearby New Jersey, struck out eight in 5 2/3 sharp innings. He has permitted only one run in 17 2/3 innings over his last three starts.
On a misty night with a game-time temperature of 50 degrees, the Mets fell back to .500 at 15-15.
Reds: Manager David Bell said he thinks 2B Scooter Gennett (right groin) has an MRI coming up and the team might have an update on him in the next few days.
Mets: Struggling setup man Jeurys Familia went on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right shoulder and LHP Ryan O’Rourke was called up from Triple-A Syracuse. … 2B Robinson Canó doubled in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a swollen left hand. Canó was hit by a pitch Sunday from Milwaukee LHP Gio González in the first inning. … Lefty reliever Justin Wilson, sidelined since April 20 with a sore elbow, threw on flat ground and looked really good, according to manager Mickey Callaway. “He’s getting closer and closer and he’ll throw off the mound again and we’ll try to figure out if he needs to face some live hitters before he’s activated,” Callaway said.
Cincinnati added a fresh arm to the bullpen before the game, recalling RHP Matt Bowman from Triple-A Louisville. OF Phillip Ervin was optioned to Louisville.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (0-3, 4.50) pitches the finale of the four-game series Thursday afternoon. He has lost three straight starts.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-3, 6.45 ERA) tries to get on track when New York finishes a 10-game homestand with a 12:10 p.m. matinee. Syndergaard has lost his last two outings and hasn’t gone more than five innings in any of his past three, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 hits over 15 innings during that span. But he is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts vs. Cincinnati.