Need to Know: Lucas Duda hit two two-run home runs as the Mets beat the Reds, 4-3, on a cold and rainy Friday night at Citi Field
Jenrry Mejia got his first win of the season. He allowed one run and four hits and struck out a career-high eight in six innings. He was hit with a line drive while pitching for the second-consecutive game.
Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run off John Lannan in the seventh inning to pull the Reds to within a run.
Jose Valverde struck out Bruce with two runners on base to end the game.
Anthony Recker threw out Billy Hamilton trying to steal second base.
Game Ball: Duda, who responded by hitting two home runs after being informed he will get the bulk of playing time at first base against right-handed starting pitchers.
Instant Reaction: “Mejia is really, really good… when he’s healthy and on the mound. He gets overlooked, because of his age, lack of experience, and injuries, and because there are so many other good, young pitchers in the system, but he has the potential to be as good as anyone on the team, so long as he keeps himself on the mound. He has swagger, too, which is fun to watch.” ~ MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone
What’s Next: Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.40 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.29) match up when the Mets and Reds continue their three-game series at 1:10 p.m. Saturday at Citi Field.