The second place Washington Nationals have been helping the Mets and finishing off getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the day, brought the Magic Number down to 4.
The Mets opened up a series in Cincinnati against the last place Reds (63-88). On the mound for the Mets was Steven Matz, who allowed a run in the 1st inning. In 5.2 innings he gave up three runs on ten hits, while striking out eight not figuring in the decision.
In the 3rd inning, with Matz aboard, David Wright doubled to left field bringing in the Mets first run. Daniel Murphy followed with a single, sending Wright to third. Yoenis Cespedes then hit a sac fly scoring Wright and a Lucas Duda base hit brought in Murphy with the Mets third run.
The Reds came back with RBI singles from Brandon Philips & Adam Duvall to tie it up.
The Mets broke it open in the 7th, Curtis Granderson singled & with two out Murphy tripled to put New York ahead. Cespedes singled bringing in Murph to make it 4-3. It was Cespedes 105th RBI. Then Lucas Duda hit his 33rd double of the year scoring Cespedes with his 60th RBI, to make it 6-3.
The Mets went on to a 6-4 win, seeing the bullpen have a solid night as Erik Goeddel (1-1) got the win, with some help from Addison Reed, Hansel Robles & Jeurys Familia.
Robles was docked a ball by the home plate umpire for another of his quick pitches to the Reds Jay Bruce. Terry Collins stormed out of the dugout to argue, he did not get ejected. Bruce followed with a HR.
Familia saved his 42nd game of the year, one shy of the club record held by Armando Benitez.
The Mets now lead the NL East by 7 1/2 games with nine left to play. The Mets would have to lose all of their remaining games & the Nats would need to win eight of ten just to force a one-game playoff.
METS MAGIC NUMBER: 3