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Max Schaezer put up a stellar performance for New York Mets In his return from an oblique injury.
Perhaps more importantly for the leaders of the NL East, the ace Tuesday night felt good throughout. in Cincinnati,
Pitching six innings of a two-hit ball, Scherzer scored 11, but New York lost 1–0 to the last-place Reds on Mike Mostakas’ game-ending sacrificial fly.
Shazer, who turned 38 in three weeks, was sidelined by a strained oblique muscle on his left side. It was his first major league match since May 18.
“I loved it,” he said. “No problem today. Felt strong all the way. The (skew) never hit hard on me, so that’s a good thing.”
Mets manager Buck Showalter dismissed Scherzer after 79 pitches – mostly fastballs and sliders – but the ace believed he could go deeper into the game.
“It’s a good problem,” Scherzer said. “Buck is going to make the best decision for the ball club and for my health and my long-term health, so I completely understand where that’s coming from. With that being said, I’m going to have someone tonight.” Wasn’t a problem. I felt good. I felt stronger. I didn’t have anything tight. I wanted to reach that 90, 95 pitch count.”
Tommy Pham led Cincinnati ninth with a right-field corner double against Seth Lugo (1-2). It was the Reds’ fourth hit of the game.
Tyler Nequin was deliberately run over before loading Donovan Solano’s bases. Moustakas’ deep fly with the game-winner went to the ball to center foam.
“When you’re coming in to win the game, that’s how you want to draw it,” Mustakas said. “You just get a pitch to hit and not miss it.”
Reds rookie Nick Lodolo combined with four relievers on a six-hitter. Lodolo scored eight runs and conceded just three hits in 4 2/3 innings on his return from a back injury.
It was Lodolo’s first major league game since April 24.
“Lodolo – as good as he was – that lineup worked him,” said Reds manager David Bell. “He was really on a mission.”
Hunter Strickland (2-2) got three outs to win.
“I’m so happy for the bullpen, they put us there,” Bell said.
“I know players are disappointed with that kind of outing, but I knew their pitcher was going to be a challenge before the game,” Showalter said of Lodolo. “Seeing a lot of stuff on him and talking to people, we knew he was going to be a challenge for us tonight. I was hoping it wasn’t so much a challenge as it ended up being.”
The Reds threatened in the eighth, placing the runners in second and third with an out. But Tommy Hunter gets Jonathan India to pop out and Brandon Drury to fly to the right.
The season was delayed by 53 minutes before the start of play. But it never rained.
Famm prevented a potential extra-base hit in the Mets ninth when he went into the left-field corner to intercept a deep fly off Jeff McNeill’s bat.
Reds: RHP Tony Santillon (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. … RF Tyler Naquin (strained quadriceps) was back in the lineup for the first time since May 31.
Reds claim exemption from right-hander Ian Gibbott dodgers, He also picked utilitarian Max Schrock and catcher Mark Kolozswari for Triple-A Louisville. Catcher Chris Oke was named for the assignment. … to make a place on the roster for Scherzer, the Mets named lefty Chasen Shreve for the assignment.
Right-hander Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Reds against Mets lefty David Peterson (5-1, 3.24 ERA). Ashcraft was tagged in a 15–7 loss for seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings Cubs Last week. Peterson is coming off the paternity list to start for New York.