Bullpen can't hold after deGrom's 10-K outing

Bullpen can't hold after deGrom's 10-K outing

NEW YORK -- Hoping to salvage something from a four-game series at Citi Field, which Reds manager Bryan Price called a "house of horrors" for his team over the years, catcher Tucker Barnhart keyed Cincinnati's come-from-behind, 10-5 win over the Mets with a career-high five RBIs in the game's final two innings.

"This has been, in the second half, one of our worst series played," said Price, who saw his team outscored, 18-4, in the first three games. "Nothing has really gone right. Nothing has really worked. No facet of our game has been terribly good. We didn't even play well today, but the last three innings we put it on and salvaged the series just by winning that final game and not letting this hang over through the off-day."

Stuck in a tie game in the eighth, Barnhart ripped a double to center, allowing Eugenio Suarez to score the go-ahead run with ease. Initially, home-plate umpire Shane Livensparger ruled that the Mets' relay was in time to cut down a second runner, Scott Schebler, at the plate. But the crew overturned the call following a 2-minute, 30-second review, ruling that Schebler snuck his foot past catcher Travis d'Arnaud's tag.

"Initially I thought I had him," d'Arnaud said, "but as my body was rotating, my glove stayed on my knee. I just missed him."

Mets manager Terry Collins argued and was ejected, watching from the clubhouse as his team saw its four-game winning streak snapped. Barnhart added a three-run homer in the ninth to erase any lingering doubt.

Barnhart's three-run homer

"I was looking for a fastball in that situation and got it. I've been working a lot in the cage so I'm glad it paid off," said Barnhart, who worked on keeping his hands close and not getting out in front of pitches.

Recovering from a two-run first inning to throw five scoreless after that, Mets starter Jacob deGrom struck out 10 for his 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season. Only Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden have also accomplished that feat in franchise history, with Gooden racking up a team record 15 double-digit strikeout games in 1984.

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"I thought I had pretty good stuff today," deGrom said. "Three hits, I don't think any of them were hit very hard. I was able to locate pretty much when I wanted to."

Just before deGrom departed, Dominic Smith hit a go-ahead home run, and the Mets rallied for two more to put their starting pitcher in line for his team-high 15th victory.

Smith's solo home run

But Zack Cozart hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the seventh to stick deGrom with a no-decision.

Reds starter Sal Romano, a Southington, Conn., native with a sizeable cheering section at Citi Field, also took a no-decision after allowing two runs in five innings.

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Wall-scraper: Staked to a three-run lead, Mets reliever Paul Sewald committed a cardinal sin, walking Schebler to lead off the seventh. Four batters later, following a Barnhart single, Cozart cranked a game-tying, three-run homer just over the left-field fence to the right of the foul pole. It was Cozart's 19th homer of the season.

Cozart's game-tying home run

"When I hit it, I thought it was way gone. But I was looking at the left fielder and he seemed like he was tracking it well," Cozart said. "I was like, 'No way that ball doesn't get out.' But I hit it so high that I think the wind up top was coming in. Down low in the stadium, it's normal going out. I'm glad that went out. I wouldn't have been happy if he caught that one."

Tiebreaker: Smith, who also singled home a run in the third inning, opened the bottom of the sixth with a 410-foot homer to right-center field, his fifth in 30 games since his mid-August callup. Smith finished with his fourth career multi-hit game, but was also thrown out trying to advance to third base on a ball in the dirt in the seventh.

Barnhart quickly nabs Smith

QUOTABLE
"I looked at the replay five times, and there was not one thing that I saw that could have possibly overturned it." -- Collins, on the eighth-inning play that resulted in his ejection

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Mets infielder Jose Reyes stole his 508th base in the sixth inning, matching Ichiro Suzuki for tops among active players. Reyes and Suzuki are tied for 36th on the all-time list.

Reyes' 508th stolen base

RUNG UP
Collins wasn't the only man ejected from the game. After Livensparger rung him up on a borderline sinker to end the top of the seventh inning, Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett slammed his helmet to the dirt in frustration. Livensparger immediately tossed Gennett. Price took up an argument on his behalf and it became heated, until everyone paused for the singing of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

Price interrupted while arguing

"I believe in honoring the flag, I can tell you that," Price said. "'God Bless America' gave me time to realize that was not the time to get ejected. I had an opportunity before the song began to make my point to the home-plate umpire. [Crew chief] Jerry Layne did a good job of cooling things off like a veteran umpire. He did a good job. At that point in time, it's a ballgame. We've got to do what we can to win the game. I wanted to be there for that. It was probably good timing for the song."

Reds players were watching with interest from the dugout to see how the scenario would play out.

"We were like, 'This is kind of awkward. They are going to have to stop their argument. Are they going to go back at it after it's over with?'" Cozart said.

FROM THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera did not last long in the game, entering as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and promptly taking a an Asher Wojciechowski slider off his right ankle. Cabrera hunched over in pain for several moments speaking to trainer Ray Ramirez, before eventually walking off the field under his own power. Juan Lagares replaced him as a pinch-runner.

Cabrera exits game in 6th

WHAT'S NEXT
Reds: Following an off-day on Monday, the road trip advances to St. Louis for a three-game series vs. the Cardinals that begins at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday. Robert Stephenson will make the start for Cincinnati. Over his last six games, including five starts, Stephenson is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Mets: The Mets will enjoy an off-day in Chicago before heading to Wrigley Field for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Rookie Robert Gsellman, who threw a quality start in his return from the Minors last week, will pitch the 8:05 p.m. ET game opposite left-hander Jose Quintana.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
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