Conforto hits 3-run homer, Mets top Reds 6-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Conforto didn't see how deep his first inning drive sailed into the right field seats.

He knew all he needed to know.

Conforto homered to cap a four-run first inning and the New York Mets kept pace in their wild-card chase with a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

''I knew it was gone,'' he said. ''I just ran the bases. It felt good to put us up big in the first inning. I knew we would add on a couple.''

J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo also connected for the Mets, who remained 4 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card berth after the Brewers held off Pittsburgh 4-3.

New York starter Marcus Stroman, battling a bout of nausea, walked the bases loaded with two outs and a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

''It was hard to get my stomach and head in order, but that had nothing to do with it,'' Stroman said. ''At the end of the day, I didn't execute. I kind of hurt myself with walks.''

Brad Brach (5-4) came on to get Eugenio Suarez to pop up on the first pitch. Suarez, second in the majors behind Mets rookie Pete Alonso with 48 home runs, slammed his black bat to the ground in frustration.

Alonso went 1 for 4 with a double to remain at 50 home runs. He was intentionally walked in the ninth, drawing a scattering of boos from Mets fans.

Alonso and Robinson Cano doubled in the first inning off Trevor Bauer. Wilson Ramos was hit by a pitch and Conforto launched a three-run homer, his 31st.

''When he hits one like that, watch out,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''His tend to come in bunches.''

Eight of New York's nine hits went for extra bases.

''I tried to go up and in on Alonso and it got too much of the plate,'' Bauer said. ''It was a terrible pitch the first hit. I threw the fastball right where I wanted to Conforto, and he hit it. It has been like that the whole year in a lot of cases. I pitch seven innings with six hits and eight strikeouts. The hits have been stacked in the worst possible way.''

The Reds scored in the first on Aristides Aquino's sacrifice fly, the first of 13 consecutive batters Stroman retired before Kyle Farmer hit his ninth homer, a two-out solo shot in the fifth.

Stroman allowed three hits and two runs with three walks and two strikeouts while lasting 4 2/3 innings, one out short of qualifying for the win.

''If he had to cover first or move violently, he felt the effects,'' Callaway said. ''He was battling. He did the best he could under the circumstances.''

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless seventh, Seth Lugo gave up Tucker Barnhart's 10th homer leading off the eighth and Justin Wilson pitched the ninth for his fourth save after getting the loss on Saturday.

Bauer (11-13), in his 10th start since being acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline, didn't walk anybody, but he hit two batters in seven innings. He gave up six hits and five runs with eight strikeouts. He retired 14 of the next 15 batters after Conforto's home run before Davis went deep with one out in the sixth.

''Trevor's identified and he's aware that when he gives up runs, they come in bunches,'' Reds manager David Bell said. ''After that first inning, there was a lot of soft contact.''

POWER GRID

Davis's homer makes him the fifth Mets player to reach 20 this season, a franchise record. They previously had four players with 20 homers in 1987, 2000 and 2016.

BETTER TIMES

The Reds wore replica uniforms from the 1999 season, the last of 15 outfits from different eras they've worn to celebrate the 150th anniversary of baseball's first all-profession team. The 1999 Reds won 96 games before losing to the Mets in a one-game playoff for the wild-card berth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Ramos was hit on the upper left arm with a pitch in the first inning. After being checked out by a trainer, the catcher stayed in the game. Bauer also hit Cano in the left foot with a pitch in the third. Cano left the game after the top of the fourth. X-rays on his big toe were negative.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (10-9) starts at home Monday vs. Miami. He will try to bounce back from allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings in a 9-4 loss at Colorado last Monday.

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (11-7) starts Tuesday at home vs. Milwaukee. His first strikeout will be his 200th of the season, extending his career high.

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  • W: B. Brach (5-4)L: T. Bauer (11-13)S: J. Wilson (4)
  • HR: NYM - B. Nimmo (8), M. Conforto (31), J. Davis (20), CIN - T. Barnhart (10), K. Farmer (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil LF-2B50100001.317.385.534.9192.0
P. Alonso 1B41100120.264.364.588.9523.0
R. Cano 2B11110000.261.309.436.7455.0
J. Davis LF21111000.302.366.512.8786.0
J. Lagares CF10000012.212.275.328.603-0.5
W. Ramos C31100011.290.354.422.7763.5
S. Haggerty PR0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Nido C00000000.208.244.344.5880.0
M. Conforto RF31231110.252.357.483.84010.5
T. Frazier 3B40000013.244.320.440.760-0.5
A. Rosario SS40100000.286.323.431.7533.0
M. Stroman P20000020.048.048.048.095-1.0
B. Brach P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
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b- J. Panik PH10000000.243.312.329.6410.0
J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Brach in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Lugo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
P. Ervin CF40000111.279.338.479.8170.5
J. Votto 1B21100300.267.364.421.7855.0
E. Suarez 3B50100026.272.353.574.9270.0
A. Aquino RF30010012.260.310.575.8840.5
T. Barnhart C41111011.227.322.365.6875.5
J. Iglesias SS40100000.287.314.406.7201.0
J. Peraza LF40100000.237.285.343.6271.0
K. Farmer 2B41111012.238.287.435.7225.5
T. Bauer P10000110.158.238.158.3960.5
a- A. Blandino PH00000100.241.429.276.7041.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-walked for Bauer in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Romano in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (37), P. Alonso (30), R. Cano (27), W. Ramos (19), M. Conforto (27)
  • HR - B. Nimmo (8), J. Davis (20), M. Conforto (31)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (26), R. Cano (38), J. Davis (53), M. Conforto 3 (87)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo (9), R. Cano (16), M. Conforto 3 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil (51), J. Lagares (17), W. Ramos, T. Frazier 2 (49)
BATTING
  • HR - T. Barnhart (10), K. Farmer (9)
  • SF - A. Aquino (2)
  • RBI - A. Aquino (44), T. Barnhart (37), K. Farmer (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Farmer (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (47), A. Aquino (19), T. Barnhart, K. Farmer (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (18)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman4.23223213.231.315.0
B. Brach (W, 5-4)1.12000105.641.618.5
E. Diaz (H, 1)1.00002305.691.432.5
S. Lugo (H, 21)1.01110012.810.911.0
J. Wilson (S, 4)1.00001202.611.3410.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman4.2
B. Brach (W, 5-4)1.1
E. Diaz (H, 1)1.0
S. Lugo (H, 21)1.0
J. Wilson (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Bauer (L, 11-13)7.06550824.481.259.0
M. Bowman1.01001004.131.341.0
S. Romano1.02111119.241.97-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Bauer (L, 11-13)7.0
M. Bowman1.0
S. Romano1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 86-53, B. Brach 20-16, E. Diaz 22-9, S. Lugo 13-9, J. Wilson 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-4, B. Brach 1-2, S. Lugo 2-1, J. Wilson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 20, B. Brach 6, E. Diaz 5, S. Lugo 4, J. Wilson 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Bowman (3), S. Romano
  • HBP - T. Bauer 2 (19)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 101-67, M. Bowman 16-11, S. Romano 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-8, M. Bowman 2-1, S. Romano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, M. Bowman 5, S. Romano 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Nimmo CF-LF51111001.219.373.410.7836.0
J. McNeil LF-2B50100001.317.385.534.9192.0
P. Alonso 1B41100120.264.364.588.9523.0
R. Cano 2B11110000.261.309.436.7455.0
J. Davis LF21111000.302.366.512.8786.0
J. Lagares CF10000012.212.275.328.603-0.5
W. Ramos C31100011.290.354.422.7763.5
S. Haggerty PR0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Nido C00000000.208.244.344.5880.0
M. Conforto RF31231110.252.357.483.84010.5
T. Frazier 3B40000013.244.320.440.760-0.5
A. Rosario SS40100000.286.323.431.7533.0
M. Stroman P20000020.048.048.048.095-1.0
B. Brach P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
a- J. Lowrie PH10000011.000.167.000.167-0.5
E. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Lugo P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
b- J. Panik PH10000000.243.312.329.6410.0
J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Brach in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Lugo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
P. Ervin CF40000111.279.338.479.8170.5
J. Votto 1B21100300.267.364.421.7855.0
E. Suarez 3B50100026.272.353.574.9270.0
A. Aquino RF30010012.260.310.575.8840.5
T. Barnhart C41111011.227.322.365.6875.5
J. Iglesias SS40100000.287.314.406.7201.0
J. Peraza LF40100000.237.285.343.6271.0
K. Farmer 2B41111012.238.287.435.7225.5
T. Bauer P10000110.158.238.158.3960.5
a- A. Blandino PH00000100.241.429.276.7041.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Casali PH10000010.251.329.415.744-0.5
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  • a-walked for Bauer in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Romano in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (37), P. Alonso (30), R. Cano (27), W. Ramos (19), M. Conforto (27)
  • HR - B. Nimmo (8), J. Davis (20), M. Conforto (31)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (26), R. Cano (38), J. Davis (53), M. Conforto 3 (87)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo (9), R. Cano (16), M. Conforto 3 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil (51), J. Lagares (17), W. Ramos, T. Frazier 2 (49)
BATTING
  • HR - T. Barnhart (10), K. Farmer (9)
  • SF - A. Aquino (2)
  • RBI - A. Aquino (44), T. Barnhart (37), K. Farmer (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Farmer (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (47), A. Aquino (19), T. Barnhart, K. Farmer (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (18)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman4.23223213.231.315.0
B. Brach (W, 5-4)1.12000105.641.618.5
E. Diaz (H, 1)1.00002305.691.432.5
S. Lugo (H, 21)1.01110012.810.911.0
J. Wilson (S, 4)1.00001202.611.3410.0
Total9.0633682---
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman4.2
B. Brach (W, 5-4)1.1
E. Diaz (H, 1)1.0
S. Lugo (H, 21)1.0
J. Wilson (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Bauer (L, 11-13)7.06550824.481.259.0
M. Bowman1.01001004.131.341.0
S. Romano1.02111119.241.97-0.5
Total9.0966293---
PITCHERSIP
T. Bauer (L, 11-13)7.0
M. Bowman1.0
S. Romano1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 86-53, B. Brach 20-16, E. Diaz 22-9, S. Lugo 13-9, J. Wilson 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-4, B. Brach 1-2, S. Lugo 2-1, J. Wilson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 20, B. Brach 6, E. Diaz 5, S. Lugo 4, J. Wilson 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Bowman (3), S. Romano
  • HBP - T. Bauer 2 (19)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 101-67, M. Bowman 16-11, S. Romano 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-8, M. Bowman 2-1, S. Romano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, M. Bowman 5, S. Romano 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Nimmo homered to right63
  • 8TH INNING
    Barnhart homered to right53
  • 6TH INNING
    Davis homered to right52
  • 5TH INNING
    Farmer homered to right center42
  • 1ST INNING
    Aquino hit sacrifice fly to center, Votto scored41
    Conforto homered to right, Cano and Ramos scored40
    Cano doubled to deep right center, Alonso scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sal Romano relieved Matt Bowman
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario lined out to pitcher
    • Joe Panik hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Panik lined out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nimmo homered to right
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, McNeil doubled to deep left
    • P. Alonso: Alonso intentionally walked
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lagares struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Wilson pitching
    • Curt Casali hit for Sal Romano
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Casali struck out looking
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin grounded out to first
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Votto walked
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Bowman pitching
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Alonso lined out to third
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramos doubled to deep left
    • Sam Haggerty ran for Wilson Ramos
    • M. Conforto: Conforto intentionally walked
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo relieved Edwin Diaz
    • Tomas Nido catching
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart homered to right
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza lined out to pitcher
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Ball, Farmer grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to left
    • Jed Lowrie hit for Brad Brach
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking, Rosario stole second
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to catcher, Rosario to third
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Edwin Diaz pitching
    • Alex Blandino hit for Trevor Bauer
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blandino walked
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ervin struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked, Blandino to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • A. Aquino: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Aquino struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Davis homered to right
    • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Conforto doubled to right
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Brach Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aquino grounded out to third
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart flied out to right
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias singled to center
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Peraza singled to shallow right, Iglesias to second
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Farmer struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • M. Stroman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McNeil flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Peraza grounded out to first
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Farmer homered to right center
    • T. Bauer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauer walked
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked, Bauer to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Votto walked, Bauer to third, Ervin to second
    • Brad Brach relieved Marcus Stroman
    • E. Suarez: Suarez popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J.D. Davis in left field
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez flied out to right
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Aquino grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cano hit by pitch
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • T. Bauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bauer struck out looking
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ervin grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario lined out to center
    • M. Stroman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Nimmo flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Farmer lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo flied out to center
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, McNeil grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Alonso doubled to left
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano doubled to deep right center, Alonso scored
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ramos hit by pitch
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Conforto homered to right, Cano and Ramos scored
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ball, Ervin flied out to right
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to right
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez singled to shallow right center, Votto to third
    • A. Aquino: Strike looking, Foul, Aquino hit sacrifice fly to center, Votto scored
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)