The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday night. Chris Schwinden pitched five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Mets offense rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. With a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, Tim Byrdak and Josh Stinson gave up three runs to put them down by two. The Mets fell short a run as their record goes to 76-84 on the season.

When Reyes' uniform is dirty, you know he had a huge game.

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My Reaction:

Well, the bullpen blew another one tonight. Tim Byrdak gave up two runs without recording an out for his second straight appearance. Josh Stinson yielded a run and has now allowed at least one run in three of his last four outings. On the bright side, Dale Thayer and Bobby Parnell combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth inning.

Tonight’s offense was all about the top of the lineup. Both Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada had three-hit performances. Reyes doubled for the 31st time this season and raised his batting average to .334. Nick Evans had a big night as well, going 2 for 5 while driving in two runs. He’s done well since his last promotion from the minor leagues.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jose Reyes has 38 steals in 45 attempts this season.
  • Ruben Tejada has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to turn it around against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Chris Capuano (11-12) 4.55 ERA vs. CIN Bronson Arroyo (9-12) 5.09 ERA