Mets stumble in their playoff push with 3-2 loss to Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Todd Frazier called it a ''bonehead mistake.''

He should know. He made it.

The third baseman hesitated on what he thought might be a foul ball, allowing Aristides Aquino to beat out a bases-loaded infield hit that drove in the Cincinnati Reds' first run in the New York Mets' critical 3-2 loss on Saturday.

New York (80-74) dropped 4 1/2 games back of Milwaukee (85-70) for the second NL wild card with eight games left.

''That was a bonehead mistake,'' said Frazier, a former Red. ''I thought it was foul. I remember doing that once when I was younger and telling myself, `Always play it through.' That cost us one and maybe two runs. That's on me.''

Pinch-hitter Christian Colon's two-out single off Seth Lugo broke an eighth-inning tie. New York's last 14 batters were retired in order, and the Mets went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, including four strikeouts in two innings with runners in scoring position.

''That one hurts,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''We had multiple chances.''

Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the first against Zack Wheeler on RBI infield singles by Jose Iglesias and Aristides Aquino. After a leadoff single and a walk, Frazier allowed Eugenio Suarez's potential double-play grounder to bounce off his glove for an error, loading the bases with no outs.

Aquino followed with his chopper, a ball that appeared to be foul but was ruled fair by third base umpire Mark Ripperger. One out later, Iglesias singled to drive in the second run.

Wheeler hit an RBI grounder in the third after Frazier's double off the center-field wall, and the Mets tied the score in the fourth when Brandon Nimmo allowed Anthony DeSclafani's pitch to hit the protective gear on his right arm.

With the score 2-2, Justin Wilson (4-2) walked Iglesias with one out in the eighth and Jose Peraza blooped a single to right. Seth Lugo relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Curt Casali, and Colon grounded a curveball up the middle.

''The Mets gave me a chance after I left Atlanta,'' said Colon, a former Met. ''Those guys over there probably hate me now, but I have a lot of love for those guys. It comes full circle.''

Joel Kuhnel (1-0), a 24-year-old right-hander who made his big league debut last month, got the final out of the eighth for his first major league win. Raisel Iglesias struck out Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto in order for his 34th save in 39 chances.

At 73-82, Cincinnati assured its first season with fewer than 90 losses since 2014.

A day after hitting his 50th homer, Mets rookie Pete Alonso went 0 for 4 and stranded the bases loaded in the fifth when he struck out, right after Jeff McNeil took a called third strike. McNeil and Nimmo also struck out in the third, stranding a runner on third base,

Wheeler, eligible for free agency after the World Series, allowed one earned run in seven innings for the third straight start, the last two without a decision. He gave up seven hits.

DeSclafani yielded two runs - one earned - and three hits in six innings.

BUG PROBLEMS

OF Jeff VanMeter was scratched from Bell's original starting lineup with flu-like symptoms. VanMeter, INF Freddy Galvis, RHP Kevin Gausman and Robert Stephenson and RHP-OF Michael Lorenzen all were sent home due to feeling ill.

FEELING AT HOME

A group of Mets fans in the left field corner of the field level seats wore blue T-shirts with ''Queens City'' written in orange on the chest. Cincinnati's nickname is ''The Queen City.''

FAKEOUT

Amir Garrett was hit on a foot by Jeff McNeil's sharp one-hopper with one out in the eighth inning. Garrett recovered in time to throw out McNeil, then was removed after a visit from Bell and a trainer. After acting like he needed support to get off the field, Garrett smiled at teammates on the bench and sprinted to the dugout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: 1B Dominic Smith will rejoin the team in New York on Monday and is available to be activated if needed. Smith has been out since July 27 with a stress reaction in his left foot.

Reds: OF Nick Senzel will have surgery next week to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. Manager David Bell is confident Senzel will be ready for opening day. ... Brian O'Grady left after three innings after being shaken up while banging into the center field fence trying to track down Amed Rosario's third-inning double.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-13) was moved up a day and will start Sunday because manager Mickey Callaway thinks he matches up better against the Reds than Miami. LHP Steven Matz will start the series opener against the Marlins.

Reds: RHP Trevor Bauer (11-12) will make his first career start against the Mets. Bauer's eight innings in 3-1 win at Arizona on Sunday were the most his nine starts for Cincinnati.

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CIN73-82
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  • W: J. Kuhnel (1-0)L: J. Wilson (4-2)S: R. Iglesias (34)
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M. Conforto RF-CF-RF31000120.250.354.474.8291.0
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Z. Wheeler P20010011.204.259.296.5550.5
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J. Lagares CF00000000.213.276.329.6050.0
  • a-flied out for Nimmo in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Votto 1B31100101.266.360.421.7814.0
E. Suarez 3B30100013.273.354.578.9311.5
A. Aquino RF40110013.264.316.584.9001.5
T. Barnhart C40100025.227.323.357.6790.0
J. Iglesias SS31110103.287.314.407.7224.0
B. O'Grady CF20000004.152.263.303.5660.0
J. Peraza LF20100000.237.285.344.6291.0
D. Dietrich 2B30000003.189.330.466.7960.0
a- C. Casali PH10000012.253.330.418.748-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. DeSclafani P20000020.115.115.115.231-1.0
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c- C. Colon PH-2B10110000.500.667.5001.1672.0
  • a-struck out for Dietrich in the 8th
  • b-struck out for DeSclafani in the 6th
  • c-singled for Kuhnel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (29)
  • SH - Z. Wheeler (3)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (25), Z. Wheeler (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil (50), P. Alonso 2 (50)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (31)
  • RBI - A. Aquino (43), J. Iglesias (55), C. Colon
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Colon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. Aquino, J. Iglesias (46), B. O'Grady, D. Dietrich 2 (24)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (11)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Votto (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler7.07211603.991.2918.0
J. Wilson (L, 4-2)0.11111102.681.35-7.5
S. Lugo0.21000102.720.91-0.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler7.0
J. Wilson (L, 4-2)0.1
S. Lugo0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani6.03211703.841.1819.5
L. Sims1.00000204.621.184.0
A. Garrett0.20000003.171.390.0
J. Kuhnel (W, 1-0)0.10000005.191.387.0
R. Iglesias (S, 34)1.00000303.991.2211.5
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani6.0
L. Sims1.0
A. Garrett0.2
J. Kuhnel (W, 1-0)0.1
R. Iglesias (S, 34)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - Z. Wheeler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 109-75, J. Wilson 16-8, S. Lugo 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-10
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 31, J. Wilson 3, S. Lugo 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. DeSclafani (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 85-59, L. Sims 9-7, A. Garrett 8-6, J. Kuhnel 6-5, R. Iglesias 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 8-4, A. Garrett 1-1, J. Kuhnel 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 24, L. Sims 3, A. Garrett 2, J. Kuhnel, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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CIN73-82
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF20010011.220.377.399.7761.5
a- J. Davis PH-LF10000000.301.365.504.8690.0
S. Lugo P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
J. McNeil LF-RF-LF40000024.318.387.535.922-1.0
P. Alonso 1B40000013.264.364.589.952-0.5
R. Cano 2B40000030.259.305.432.737-1.5
W. Ramos C40000010.290.353.420.774-0.5
M. Conforto RF-CF-RF31000120.250.354.474.8291.0
T. Frazier 3B31200010.246.323.444.7672.5
A. Rosario SS30100002.287.323.432.7552.0
Z. Wheeler P20010011.204.259.296.5550.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lagares CF00000000.213.276.329.6050.0
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HITTERSAB
B. Nimmo CF2
a- J. Davis PH-LF1
S. Lugo P0
J. McNeil LF-RF-LF4
P. Alonso 1B4
R. Cano 2B4
W. Ramos C4
M. Conforto RF-CF-RF3
T. Frazier 3B3
A. Rosario SS3
Z. Wheeler P2
J. Wilson P0
J. Lagares CF0
Total30
  • a-flied out for Nimmo in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
P. Ervin LF-CF41200000.284.341.488.8293.0
J. Votto 1B31100101.266.360.421.7814.0
E. Suarez 3B30100013.273.354.578.9311.5
A. Aquino RF40110013.264.316.584.9001.5
T. Barnhart C40100025.227.323.357.6790.0
J. Iglesias SS31110103.287.314.407.7224.0
B. O'Grady CF20000004.152.263.303.5660.0
J. Peraza LF20100000.237.285.344.6291.0
D. Dietrich 2B30000003.189.330.466.7960.0
a- C. Casali PH10000012.253.330.418.748-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. DeSclafani P20000020.115.115.115.231-1.0
b- A. Blandino PH10000010.241.415.276.690-0.5
L. Sims P0000-000.125.125.125.000-
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Kuhnel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Colon PH-2B10110000.500.667.5001.1672.0
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  • a-struck out for Dietrich in the 8th
  • b-struck out for DeSclafani in the 6th
  • c-singled for Kuhnel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (29)
  • SH - Z. Wheeler (3)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (25), Z. Wheeler (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil (50), P. Alonso 2 (50)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (31)
  • RBI - A. Aquino (43), J. Iglesias (55), C. Colon
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Colon
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. Aquino, J. Iglesias (46), B. O'Grady, D. Dietrich 2 (24)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (11)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Votto (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler7.07211603.991.2918.0
J. Wilson (L, 4-2)0.11111102.681.35-7.5
S. Lugo0.21000102.720.91-0.5
Total8.0932280---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler7.0
J. Wilson (L, 4-2)0.1
S. Lugo0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani6.03211703.841.1819.5
L. Sims1.00000204.621.184.0
A. Garrett0.20000003.171.390.0
J. Kuhnel (W, 1-0)0.10000005.191.387.0
R. Iglesias (S, 34)1.00000303.991.2211.5
Total9.03211120---
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani6.0
L. Sims1.0
A. Garrett0.2
J. Kuhnel (W, 1-0)0.1
R. Iglesias (S, 34)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - Z. Wheeler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 109-75, J. Wilson 16-8, S. Lugo 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-10
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 31, J. Wilson 3, S. Lugo 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. DeSclafani (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 85-59, L. Sims 9-7, A. Garrett 8-6, J. Kuhnel 6-5, R. Iglesias 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 8-4, A. Garrett 1-1, J. Kuhnel 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 24, L. Sims 3, A. Garrett 2, J. Kuhnel, R. Iglesias 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Colon singled to shallow center, Iglesias scored, Peraza out at home23
  • 5TH INNING
    Nimmo hit by pitch, Conforto scored, Frazier to third, Wheeler to second22
  • 3RD INNING
    Wheeler grounded out to second, Frazier scored, Rosario to third12
  • 1ST INNING
    Iglesias singled to center, Votto scored, Suarez to third, Aquino to second02
    Aquino reached on an infield single to third, Ervin scored, Votto to third, Suarez to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramos struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett relieved Lucas Sims
    • J.D. Davis hit for Brandon Nimmo
    • J. Davis: Foul, Davis flied out to center
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McNeil grounded out to pitcher
    • Joel Kuhnel relieved Amir Garrett
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Wilson relieved Zack Wheeler
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Peraza singled to right, Iglesias to second
    • Curt Casali hit for Derek Dietrich
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • Christian Colon hit for Joel Kuhnel
    • C. Colon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Colon singled to shallow center, Iglesias scored, Peraza out at home
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Lucas Sims pitching
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Rosario popped out to first
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Wheeler struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ervin lined out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Suarez hit by pitch
    • A. Aquino: Strike looking, Ball, Aquino flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano lined out to right
    • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to second
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich popped out to third
    • Alex Blandino hit for Anthony DeSclafani
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blandino struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto walked
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to left, Conforto to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center, Conforto to third
    • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Wheeler hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Frazier to second on 1st baseman Votto throwing error
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Conforto scored, Frazier to third, Wheeler to second
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, McNeil struck out looking
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Votto doubled to deep left
    • E. Suarez: Suarez singled to center, Votto to third
    • A. Aquino: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aquino struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barnhart flied out to left
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias reached on fielder's choice to second, Suarez out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Jose Peraza in left field
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso flied out to deep center
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to pitcher
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Ervin popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to shallow center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rosario doubled to deep right center, Frazier to third
    • Z. Wheeler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wheeler grounded out to second, Frazier scored, Rosario to third
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Foul, Aquino flied out to center
    • T. Barnhart: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnhart singled to left center
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iglesias lined out to left
    • B. O'Grady: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Grady flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ervin singled to left center
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Votto flied out to deep left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo flied out to deep left
    • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ervin singled to shallow left
    • J. Votto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Ervin to second
    • E. Suarez: Suarez reached on fielder's choice to third, Ervin to third, Votto to second on 3rd baseman Frazier fielding error
    • A. Aquino: Strike swinging, Aquino reached on an infield single to third, Ervin scored, Votto to third, Suarez to second
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Barnhart struck out on foul tip
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to center, Votto scored, Suarez to third, Aquino to second
    • B. O'Grady: O'Grady popped out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)