CINCINNATI — A carousel of relievers has kept the Mets afloat since the All-Star break, but what they needed more than anything Wednesday was a solid start from a pitcher.
Marcus Stroman (or was it Marcus Yeoman?) went above and beyond, with maybe his best performance since arriving to the team two years ago. The right-hander dominated for eight shutout innings in which he surrendered only one hit, allowing an almost complete day off for the bullpen in a 7-0 victory over the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The Mets won two of three games in the series and finished the road trip 3-3 – a strong rebound after losing two straight to begin the second half, in Pittsburgh. Three homers on Wednesday — including a grand slam from Dominic Smith — propelled the offense. The Mets finished with 10 homers in the series.
Stroman, who had scuffled in his previous four starts, allowed only a third-inning leadoff single to Aristedes Aquino. He finished at 90 pitches, with seven strikeouts and one walk, before Jeurys Familia mopped up in the ninth.
Smith’s grand slam in the third against Jeff Hoffman gave Stroman a comfortable cushion. Hoffman, thinking he had produced a fly to left field, pointed skyward, but Smith’s ball kept carrying into the seats for the Mets’ second grand slam of the season (Francisco Lindor owns the other).
Luis Guillorme’s homer in the sixth — the Mets’ third of the game — extended their lead to 7-0. Tomas Nido doubled before Guillorme, who has received the majority of action at shortstop following Lindor’s oblique strain, cleared the right-field fence for his second homer of the season.
Jonathan Villar’s homer in the second got the Mets started. The homer was Villar’s 10th of the season, placing him in double digits among Mets players with Pete Alonso, Smith and Lindor.
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