Nimmo homers twice, Lagares goes deep and Mets beat Reds 7-2

NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Brandon Nimmo isn't regarded as much of a slugger. He sure looked the part of a cleanup hitter Thursday night, though.

Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.

The Mets have won three of four and ended the Reds' three-game winning streak to open a four-game series.

Nimmo has 40 homers in 564 minor league games and had just two in 168 major league at-bats before Thursday, making this an odd feat for the oft-smiling outfielder.

''He plays with such tremendous energy and he loves to be out there,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''Nobody has more fun hitting homers than he does.''

Batting fourth in New York's lineup, Nimmo ripped an opposite-field drive off reliever Tim Adleman in the fifth inning that touched just above the orange line on the left-field wall for a home run.

Lagares followed with a liner that traveled a bit farther into the seats, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead on their 201st homer of the year - the second highest total in club history (218 in 2016).

The next inning, Nimmo hit Alejandro Chacin's 2-2 offering out to center field to extend New York's advantage to 7-2.

''As I was going around first base I said to myself, `I can't believe I hit two home runs in a major league game','' a beaming Nimmo said. ''So I was in shock going around the bases. I really was just trying to hit something hard and so two of them happened to go out and it was an incredible feeling.''

Nimmo led off the second inning with a double that careened off Scott Schebler's glove in the right-field corner, advancing to third on a groundout and scoring on Dominic Smith's RBI single.

''He smoked that ball to right field that Schebler wasn't able to track down and he ends up hitting two balls over the wall,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''I'd have to go back and look at the video to see exactly where the locations were, but I probably give him more credit than point a finger at a mistake by our pitchers.''

Over his last 12 games, Nimmo is batting .333 (13 for 39) with 11 RBIs.

Matt Harvey was ineffective early but regrouped for the win, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings in just his second start since Jun. 14.

Shelved for almost three months with an injury to the scapula in his right shoulder, the Mets' one-time ace was rocked for seven runs over two innings in Houston his last time out.

''Overall just starting to feel a little more comfortable out there with mechanics and attacking hitters,'' Harvey said. ''Obviously still not where I want to be but definitely moving in the right direction.''

Harvey (5-4) remained undefeated against Cincinnati, improving to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts.

Tyler Mahle (0-2) struggled in his third major league start, giving up three runs, six hits and four walks in four innings.

''I missed some spots in big counts and that's what hurt me,'' Mahle said.

Adam Duvall drove in one of Cincinnati's two runs, giving him 94 runs batted in on the season. His 197 RBIs over the last two years are the most by any NL outfielder during that span.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: CF Billy Hamilton (broken left thumb) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. The major league stolen bases leader was hurt attempting to bunt in the first inning of Wednesday's game against Milwaukee.

Mets: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera exited in the eighth inning with a tight right hamstring. He is expected to have an MRI on Friday. . INF Wilmer Flores (broken nose) was re-examined Thursday and shut down for the season. ... INF/OF T.J. Rivera (partial tear in right elbow) will have Tommy John surgery next week. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat) made a rehab start with Class A Brooklyn on Thursday, allowing three runs and three hits in two innings. He threw 36 pitches, 25 for strikes. ... SS Amed Rosario (bruised right index finger) missed his fourth straight game. ... 3B David Wright will begin range of motion exercises shortly after having surgery on his right rotator cuff on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Amir Garrett (3-6, 7.41 ERA) will start Friday night in place of RHP Sal Romano, who was pushed back to Sunday because of a cut on his right index finger. Garrett played college basketball at nearby St. John's.

Mets: RHP Seth Lugo (5-4, 5.00 ERA) tries to win for the first time since July 25.

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MetsNYM61-79
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  • W: M. Harvey (5-4)L: T. Mahle (0-2)
  • HR: NYM - J. Lagares (3), B. Nimmo 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Ervin CF21110100.400.483.7201.2038.0
Z. Cozart SS40100013.302.394.543.9370.5
J. Votto 1B40100002.313.448.5831.0311.0
A. Duvall LF30010011.251.301.501.8020.5
S. Gennett 2B40100010.298.349.547.8960.5
E. Suarez 3B40000012.271.377.484.861-0.5
S. Schebler RF41200020.238.318.490.8084.0
S. Turner C30000002.147.192.279.4710.0
T. Mahle P20000002.167.167.167.3330.0
T. Adleman P0000-000.103.103.138.000-
A. Chacin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Stephens P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Chacin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes SS50120003.236.306.387.6933.0
N. Aoki RF40100110.279.327.407.7341.5
A. Cabrera 3B41200003.266.337.415.7524.0
G. Cecchini 2B10000000.208.240.271.5110.0
B. Nimmo LF43332100.283.416.424.84017.0
J. Lagares CF41111003.265.309.403.7136.0
D. Smith 1B31110120.191.230.362.5923.0
K. Plawecki C41100001.238.310.365.6753.0
M. Reynolds 3B10000312.209.313.291.6042.5
M. Harvey P20000014.069.069.069.138-0.5
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J. Familia P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Ramos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Harvey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (2), S. Schebler 2 (22)
  • SF - A. Duvall (8)
  • RBI - P. Ervin (7), A. Duvall (94)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Ervin (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (26), B. Nimmo (5), K. Plawecki (5)
  • HR - B. Nimmo 2 (3), J. Lagares (3)
  • RBI - J. Reyes 2 (44), B. Nimmo 3 (14), J. Lagares (14), D. Smith (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reyes 2 (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Votto, S. Gennett, Z. Cozart
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Reyes, G. Cecchini, D. Smith
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 0-2)4.06334203.601.53-5.0
T. Adleman1.03221125.411.42-2.5
A. Chacin1.02220119.002.25-0.5
J. Stephens2.00001203.861.146.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 0-2)4.0
T. Adleman1.0
A. Chacin1.0
J. Stephens2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 5-4)5.05221105.821.5014.5
J. Smoker (H, 3)1.00000305.591.784.5
J. Familia2.01000105.171.605.5
A. Ramos1.00000103.501.303.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 5-4)5.0
J. Smoker (H, 3)1.0
J. Familia2.0
A. Ramos1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Mahle
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 72-39, T. Adleman 29-18, A. Chacin 22-15, J. Stephens 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 7-2, T. Adleman 1-1, J. Stephens 2-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 21, T. Adleman 7, A. Chacin 5, J. Stephens 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Harvey (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 74-47, J. Smoker 12-9, J. Familia 23-14, A. Ramos 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 3-11, J. Familia 4-0, A. Ramos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 22, J. Smoker 3, J. Familia 6, A. Ramos 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Z. Cozart SS40100013.302.394.543.9370.5
J. Votto 1B40100002.313.448.5831.0311.0
A. Duvall LF30010011.251.301.501.8020.5
S. Gennett 2B40100010.298.349.547.8960.5
E. Suarez 3B40000012.271.377.484.861-0.5
S. Schebler RF41200020.238.318.490.8084.0
S. Turner C30000002.147.192.279.4710.0
T. Mahle P20000002.167.167.167.3330.0
T. Adleman P0000-000.103.103.138.000-
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J. Stephens P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Chacin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes SS50120003.236.306.387.6933.0
N. Aoki RF40100110.279.327.407.7341.5
A. Cabrera 3B41200003.266.337.415.7524.0
G. Cecchini 2B10000000.208.240.271.5110.0
B. Nimmo LF43332100.283.416.424.84017.0
J. Lagares CF41111003.265.309.403.7136.0
D. Smith 1B31110120.191.230.362.5923.0
K. Plawecki C41100001.238.310.365.6753.0
M. Reynolds 3B10000312.209.313.291.6042.5
M. Harvey P20000014.069.069.069.138-0.5
a- T. Taijeron PH10100000.105.190.158.3481.0
J. Smoker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Ramos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Harvey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (2), S. Schebler 2 (22)
  • SF - A. Duvall (8)
  • RBI - P. Ervin (7), A. Duvall (94)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Ervin (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (26), B. Nimmo (5), K. Plawecki (5)
  • HR - B. Nimmo 2 (3), J. Lagares (3)
  • RBI - J. Reyes 2 (44), B. Nimmo 3 (14), J. Lagares (14), D. Smith (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reyes 2 (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Votto, S. Gennett, Z. Cozart
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Reyes, G. Cecchini, D. Smith
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 0-2)4.06334203.601.53-5.0
T. Adleman1.03221125.411.42-2.5
A. Chacin1.02220119.002.25-0.5
J. Stephens2.00001203.861.146.0
Total8.01177663---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 0-2)4.0
T. Adleman1.0
A. Chacin1.0
J. Stephens2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 5-4)5.05221105.821.5014.5
J. Smoker (H, 3)1.00000305.591.784.5
J. Familia2.01000105.171.605.5
A. Ramos1.00000103.501.303.5
Total9.0622160---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 5-4)5.0
J. Smoker (H, 3)1.0
J. Familia2.0
A. Ramos1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Mahle
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 72-39, T. Adleman 29-18, A. Chacin 22-15, J. Stephens 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 7-2, T. Adleman 1-1, J. Stephens 2-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 21, T. Adleman 7, A. Chacin 5, J. Stephens 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Harvey (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 74-47, J. Smoker 12-9, J. Familia 23-14, A. Ramos 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 3-11, J. Familia 4-0, A. Ramos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 22, J. Smoker 3, J. Familia 6, A. Ramos 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Nimmo homered to center, Cabrera scored27
  • 5TH INNING
    Lagares homered to left25
    Nimmo homered to left24
  • 4TH INNING
    Reyes singled to shallow right, Smith and Plawecki scored, Reyes to second23
  • 2ND INNING
    Smith singled to shallow center, Nimmo scored21
    Ervin doubled to deep left, Schebler scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Duvall hit sacrifice fly to center, Ervin scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • AJ Ramos relieved Jeurys Familia
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gennett lined out to left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Gavin Cecchini at second
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Foul, Cozart singled to shallow left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cozart out at second
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duvall struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
    • G. Cecchini: Ball, Ball, Cecchini popped out to third
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Josh Smoker
    • S. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • Zach Vincej hit for Alejandro Chacin
    • Z. Vincej: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Vincej grounded out to second
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ervin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jackson Stephens pitching
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Plawecki flied out to deep center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • J. Familia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Familia struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Josh Smoker pitching
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alejandro Chacin relieved Tim Adleman
    • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aoki popped out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow right
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nimmo homered to center, Cabrera scored
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lagares flied out to right
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ervin hit by pitch
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ervin stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart flied out to left
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Votto lined out to first
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall popped out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Adleman relieved Tyler Mahle
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo homered to left
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Lagares homered to left
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • Travis Taijeron hit for Matt Harvey
    • T. Taijeron: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Taijeron singled to right, Reynolds to third
    • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Reyes flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez lined out to center
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler doubled to deep right center
    • S. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • T. Mahle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mahle grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki doubled to deep right, Smith to third
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • M. Harvey: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harvey struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Reyes singled to shallow right, Smith and Plawecki scored, Reyes to second
    • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aoki walked
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera popped out to third
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto lined out to left
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded out to third
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gennett popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
    • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Aoki grounded out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Lagares: Lagares grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler doubled to deep right
    • S. Turner: Turner lined out to right
    • T. Mahle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mahle grounded out to second, Schebler to third
    • P. Ervin: Ervin doubled to deep left, Schebler scored
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep right
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Lagares grounded out to first, Nimmo to third
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to shallow center, Nimmo scored
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki grounded out to third, Smith to second
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds intentionally walked
    • M. Harvey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Harvey grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked
    • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cozart popped out to first
    • J. Votto: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Votto singled to shallow center, Ervin to third
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Duvall hit sacrifice fly to center, Ervin scored
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gennett singled to shallow right, Votto to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Suarez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes lined out to right
    • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aoki singled to shallow center
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Aoki out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)