(US baseball) Mets pummel 7 homers, shake off 4 errors in wild 15-11 win

Sports | 20 Jul 2021 1:08 pm

Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning, Kevin Pillar added a three-run homer and the New York Mets went deep seven times Monday night to pull out a wild 15-11 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds, AP reports.

Michael Conforto connected twice, including a solo shot that capped a five-run outburst in the 11th as the NL East leaders finally put this one away and handed Cincinnati its fourth straight loss to open the second half.

New York shook off a season-high four errors — all in the first two innings. Three were committed by shortstop Luis Guillorme, subbing for injured Francisco Lindor.

While manager Luis Rojas served the first game of his two-game suspension, McNeil, Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith and pinch-hitter James McCann also homered for New York in a game that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes.

McCann came off the bench in the eighth and twice give the Mets leads that were coughed up by the bullpen.

Tyler Naquin drove in four runs for the Reds with five hits, including a tying single in the 10th.

All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker gave Cincinnati an 8-7 lead with a two-run double in the seventh before handing closer Edwin Díaz his third straight blown save and fourth this season with a tying double in the ninth.

Anthony Banda (1-0) was the winner in his Mets debut after getting called up from the minors earlier in the day. Trevor May got two outs for his third save, and second in two days.

Conforto, who had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, appears to be breaking out of a lengthy slump after missing more than a month earlier this season with a hamstring injury. He hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh before following it up with his big game Monday night, which included teaming with Pillar on back-to-back homers in the 11th.

Alonso, who won his second consecutive Home Run Derby on July 12 at Coors Field in Denver, gave the Mets a quick 2-0 lead with his first homer of the second half just two batters into the game.

Guillorme’s error on a possible double-play ball opened the door for the Reds to grab a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first. Naquin drove in two runs with a soft double down the left field line — the second straight day the Mets have given up multiple runs on a soft first-inning hit.

Three Pirates scored on Sunday when New York pitcher Taijuan Walker knocked a barely fair ball into foul territory and nobody went to retrieve it. Rojas’ vehement argument earned an ejection and, from Major League Baseball on Monday, a two-game suspension and a fine.

Bench coach Dave Jauss served as acting manager Monday.

Cincinnati added four unearned runs in a second inning that included three more New York errors, two by Guillorme on one play. They helped shorten starter Jerad Eickhoff’s night. Only two of the seven runs he allowed were earned.

Vladimir Gutierrez gave up three home runs for the second time in his last four starts before leaving after four innings.


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