By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Scooter Gennett drove in three runs with a homer and a double off Jacob deGrom, and the Reds ended the New York Mets’ domination in Cincinnati with a 7-2 victory on Thursday.
The Reds took two of three for a rare series win against the Mets. Heading in, New York had won 14 straight games against Cincinnati, including eight in a row at Great American Ball Park.
Joey Votto added a solo shot in the seventh. After rounding the bases, Votto gave a bat and jersey to a 6-year-old boy he knows through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The boy sat next to the dugout and wore a shirt that said: “BE KIND.”
The Mets head for Houston, where they’ll have a day off on Friday before playing a doubleheader on Saturday. Players planned to help with flood recovery and cleanup efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Gennett hit a two-run homer in the second inning and doubled home a run in the fifth off deGrom (14-8), who was trying to become a 15-game winner for the first time in his career. Shortstop Jose Reyes’ throwing error let in another run.
Robert Stephenson (3-4) won his third straight start by allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, including Brandon Nimmo’s RBI infield single off the pitcher’s leg. Stephenson was coming off an 11-strikeout, 9-5 win over the Pirates on Friday. He fanned seven Mets and walked three.
DeGrom’s 14 wins match his career high from 2015. His five strikeouts on Thursday gave him a career-high 206, one more than in 2015.
Mets: David Wright is getting re-examined by doctors in New York before he decides what to do next. Wright had neck surgery last year and hasn’t fully recovered. His shoulder bothered him on a rehab assignment over the weekend, leading him to put the comeback on hold.
Reds: C Tucker Barnhart went on the 3-day paternity list. C Chad Wallach was called up from Triple-A Louisville.
Mets: After the day off, they’ll play a doubleheader against the Astros. Matt Harvey (4-3) starts the opener, making his comeback from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since mid-June. Seth Lugo (5-3) starts the second game.
Reds: Cincinnati opens a series in Pittsburgh, with Luis Castillo (2-7) facing Gerrit Cole (11-8). Cole got his first career victory over the Reds last Saturday, hitting his third career homer off Castillo and going seven innings for a 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park.
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