NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Votto homered for the seventh straight sport, one shy of a significant league file, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night time.
Votto’s solo homer to heart area within the sixth inning prolonged the Reds’ result in 3-1. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, serenaded with chants of “Over-rated!” earlier within the night, appeared to take pleasure in a leisurely trot across the bases earlier than he flexed and pointed to the title on the again of his uniform whereas nearing the Cincinnati dugout — although he mentioned afterward that was a part of an inside joke with supervisor David Bell about their mutual favourite present, “Ted Lasso.”
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“I’ve by no means been in a spot like this earlier than,” mentioned the 37-year-old Votto, who has exceeded 30 homers twice in his 15-year profession. “And we’ve been enjoying properly currently, so being part of that, it’s thrilling.”
Votto has 9 homers and 15 RBIs throughout his streak, which started final Saturday and contains only one hit that wasn’t a homer — an infield single towards the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are 5-2 through the surge.
Votto is the eighth participant to homer in at the least seven straight video games and the primary since Kendrys Morales did it for the Toronto Blue Jays in August 2018. Dale Lengthy (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) are the one gamers to go deep in eight consecutive video games.
Griffey and Votto had been teammates with the Reds from 2007-08.
“Proper now, it’s insane,” mentioned rookie Jonathan India, who hit two homers and completed with three RBIs. “It’s nearly anticipated. That’s so cool. It’s Joey Votto. He can do these issues.”
India’s first homer was a leadoff shot that got here on Carlos Carrasco’s first pitch with the Mets. Acquired from Cleveland in January, the veteran right-hander lastly made his New York debut after a protracted restoration from a hamstring damage.
It was an up-and-down day for the Mets, who made a giant deal to get Javier Báez from the Chicago Cubs earlier than baseball’s commerce deadline — after which revealed injured ace Jacob deGrom might be shut down for 2 extra weeks due to irritation in his pitching elbow, making it unlikely he’ll rejoin the NL East leaders earlier than September.
DeGrom, who has a 1.08 ERA however hasn’t pitched since July 7, underwent an MRI that exposed no structural harm.
“It’s regarding,” Mets supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned. “We would like Jake wholesome, so that is the very best factor. We’ve acquired to do it and he’s acquired to do it and no one’s as pissed off as he’s proper now, as a result of he’s a man that loves pitching for his staff.”
Báez was acquired from the Cubs together with right-hander Trevor Williams — who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse — for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, the Mets’ first-round choose within the 2020 novice draft. Báez is anticipated to affix the Mets on Saturday and can play shortstop till injured buddy Francisco Lindor (indirect) returns.
India’s homer was the one run allowed over 4 innings by Carrasco, who gave up three hits and one stroll with 4 strikeouts.
“It was a very long time — lastly I acquired to pitch as we speak,” Carrasco mentioned. “Feels very nice, feels actually good. I used to be so excited to get there.”
Jeff McNeil laced an RBI double within the backside of the primary to increase his career-high hitting streak to 16 video games. Jesse Winker put the Reds forward with a run-scoring single within the fifth off Miguel Castro (2-3). Aristides Aquino lofted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly within the eighth earlier than India adopted along with his second homer, a two-run shot.
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India completed with three hits — his fifth multi-hit effort in his final 11 video games.
Brandon Drury had a pinch-hit RBI double within the ninth for the Mets.
Sonny Grey (3-6) allowed the primary 4 batters he confronted to achieve however gave up only one run on 5 hits and one stroll with seven strikeouts in six innings.
“There’s an opportunity he doesn’t get out of the primary,” Bell mentioned. “Subsequent factor , you search for and it’s the sixth.”
BACK IN BLACK
The Mets wore their black uniforms — popularized within the late Nineties — for the primary time since 2012. Previous to first pitch, a montage of highlights of the Mets in black uniforms — together with pictures from the 2000 Nationwide League pennant-winning celebration — aired as AC/DC’s “Again In Black” blasted from the loudspeakers.
India has reached base 53 occasions in 24 video games this month. It’s the second straight month wherein he’s reached base at the least 50 occasions. Previous to this season, solely two Reds rookies reached base 50 occasions in a calendar month — Chris Sabo in June 1988 and Adam Dunn in August 2001.
Reds: INF Mike Moustakas (bruised proper heel) and OF Nick Senzel (left knee) had been every 1-for-2 of their first rehab video games with Triple-A Louisville. Each will seemingly want at the least every week at Louisville earlier than returning to the Reds. Moustakas final performed Could 18, sooner or later after Senzel’s most up-to-date sport. … RHP/OF Michael Lorenzen (proper hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured record and pitched an ideal seventh.
Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo felt a pinch in his hamstring making a diving catch within the eighth inning, Rojas mentioned. … Lindor (proper indirect) took grounders for a second straight day. … RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgical procedure) threw within the outfield, three days after his first bullpen session since he was shut down Could 25.
Reds: LHP Wade Miley (8-4, 2.86 ERA) hasn’t misplaced since Could 19, a span wherein he’s 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 10 begins.
Mets: LHP Wealthy Hill (6-4, 3.95) will make his second begin for New York following his acquisition from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23.
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