Romano wins in NY homecoming, Reds beat Mets 6-1

NEW YORK (AP) About 200 of Sal Romano's friends and family members drove two-plus hours to see him Tuesday night. A 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay wasn't going to deter that group from enjoying the right-hander's homecoming start.

Romano won in New York for the first time as a big leaguer Tuesday night, pitching into the seventh inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Mets 6-1 in a game delayed by a thunderstorm in the first inning.

Romano (7-9) was born in Syosset on nearby Long Island and grew up in Southington, Connecticut. He allowed a run, two hits and three walks while striking out five over six-plus innings to help the Reds snap a three-game skid.

''I was glad I was able to get a win for them,'' Romano said of his fan section.

The 24-year-old right-hander took the mound two hours later than anticipated but with a 3-0 lead thanks to a Reds rally that bookended the delay. Mets starter Jason Vargas allowed hits to three of the four batters he faced, including Scooter Gennett, who laced an RBI single to give Cincinnati the lead shortly before players were waved off the field at 7:20 PM - just nine minutes after first pitch.

Crew chief Kerwin Danley said the storm arrived much faster than predicted and the umpires were aggressive in starting the game because it was the last series of the season between the Mets and Reds.

''When you get a forecast like that, where it looked like it could have missed us, you don't want to delay the start of a game when it's not raining,'' Danley told a pool reporter.

Once play resumed, Phillip Ervin lofted a sacrifice fly off Paul Sewald, and Tucker Barnhart delivered a run-scoring single.

That was more than enough for Romano, who conducted a second, shorter warm-up prior to the resumption. He gave up both hits in the second, when Brandon Nimmo doubled with two outs and scored on Jose Bautista's single.

Romano didn't factor into the decision in his first start in New York against the Mets last season. He left after walking the first two batters of the seventh Tuesday and received a warm ovation from his traveling crew wearing Reds gear behind the visiting dugout. He said he had a couple hundred supporters in the stands, and he greeted about 60 friends and family members in the tunnel outside Cincinnati clubhouse after the game.

''It's always nice to look up and you see all that red there, knowing they're all here for me,'' Romano said. ''It's really, really nice to have the support that I do back home. For all them to come down and travel like that and pitch a good ballgame for them, get a win, it's a pretty good feeling.''

Ervin hit a two-run homer in the third, and former Mets prospect Dilson Herrera led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer as the Reds scored more than four runs for just the second time in the last nine games.

''We've struggled a little with the bat lately, we're due to come out of it,'' Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.

Vargas (2-8) took the loss after allowing three runs and three hits while recording one out. The left-hander, who has spent time on the disabled list this season due to hand and calf injuries, has lasted five innings or fewer in all 12 of his starts.

''It's tough for him right now,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He just can't get in a routine. We haven't been able to get him out there every five days. Think we're about to and then this happens.''

Nimmo had two hits for the Mets, who have lost eight of 11.

A SCARE, AND A NOT-SO-SWEET SHORT START

Shortly before the game was delayed, one rumble of thunder was so loud that Mets shortstop Amed Rosario ducked before darting toward the third base line.

The rain made Vargas' 240th big league start his shortest. Prior to Tuesday, Vargas' briefest start was a one-inning outing for the Marlins on Oct. 1, 2005. He is the first Mets starter to record one out or fewer since Jonathon Niese got one out against the Cardinals before exiting due to a knee injury on Aug. 23, 2016.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto (right knee) and OF Preston Tucker (toe) did not play. Votto, who was hit by a pitch by the Nationals' Ryan Madson, sat for the second time in three games and just the ninth time since the start of the 2015 season. Riggleman said a disabled list stint is a possibility for Tucker, who was hit by Noah Syndergaard on Monday.

Mets: OF Jay Bruce (right hip), who has been on the disabled list since June 19, is participating in baseball activities and getting closer to a rehab assignment. ... LHP Steven Matz (flexor pronator strain) threw 15 pitches Monday but will miss at least one more start.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Robert Stephenson (season debut) earned a promotion by going 11-6 with a 2.87 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 113 innings at Triple-A Louisville.

Mets: Hard-luck major league ERA leader RHP Jacob deGrom (5-7, 1.85 ERA) will look to win for the first time since June 18. DeGrom is 0-5 in his last seven starts despite a 2.47 ERA.

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  • W: S. Romano (7-9)L: J. Vargas (2-8)
  • HR: CIN - P. Ervin (2), D. Herrera (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS51100011.282.325.385.7103.5
B. Dixon 1B50100011.179.220.304.5240.5
S. Gennett 2B42310001.314.364.495.8596.0
E. Suarez 3B41100003.303.384.579.9633.0
P. Ervin LF21131100.309.379.469.8489.0
T. Barnhart C40110002.243.326.356.6822.0
M. Williams RF40000011.297.297.432.730-0.5
S. Romano P30000020.031.031.063.094-1.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Garrett P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Hamilton CF40100020.226.298.302.6004.0
  • a-homered for Hernandez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS40000012.230.275.347.621-0.5
J. McNeil 2B30000000.333.442.556.9971.0
W. Flores 1B40000021.275.331.454.785-1.0
M. Conforto LF40000020.232.347.393.740-1.0
T. Frazier 3B30100100.211.294.366.6602.0
B. Nimmo CF31200110.247.375.465.8414.5
J. Bautista RF30110114.200.342.372.7142.5
K. Plawecki C30000015.220.329.371.7000.5
J. Vargas P0000-000.077.143.077.000-
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.212.288.242.5300.0
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b- J. Reyes PH10000002.186.257.281.5380.0
D. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Jackson PH10000002.267.333.347.6800.0
J. Rhame P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Wahl in the 3rd
  • b-flied out for Bashlor in the 5th
  • c-grounded out for Dr. Smith in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez (19)
  • HR - P. Ervin (2), D. Herrera (2)
  • SF - P. Ervin (3)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (68), P. Ervin 3 (15), T. Barnhart (35), D. Herrera (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Ervin 2 (8), T. Barnhart (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (15)
  • RBI - J. Bautista (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Peraza (18), B. Hamilton 2 (26)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Dixon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (W, 7-9)6.02113504.941.3924.5
J. Hughes (H, 12)1.00000101.391.063.5
D. Hernandez1.00000101.840.983.5
A. Garrett1.02000103.541.141.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (W, 7-9)6.0
J. Hughes (H, 12)1.0
D. Hernandez1.0
A. Garrett1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 2-8)0.13330108.751.84-10.5
P. Sewald1.21000304.731.253.5
B. Wahl1.02220016.751.88-1.0
T. Bashlor2.02001004.911.643.0
D. Smith2.01000202.571.436.0
J. Rhame2.01110117.651.554.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 2-8)0.1
P. Sewald1.2
B. Wahl1.0
T. Bashlor2.0
D. Smith2.0
J. Rhame2.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Romano (3), D. Hernandez (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 84-54, J. Hughes 12-10, D. Hernandez 13-7, A. Garrett 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 8-5, J. Hughes 1-1, D. Hernandez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 24, J. Hughes 3, D. Hernandez 3, A. Garrett 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 14-12, P. Sewald 33-22, B. Wahl 16-12, T. Bashlor 35-24, D. Smith 28-21, J. Rhame 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Wahl 2-1, T. Bashlor 3-3, D. Smith 1-3, J. Rhame 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 4, P. Sewald 6, B. Wahl 5, T. Bashlor 9, D. Smith 7, J. Rhame 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Peraza SS51100011.282.325.385.7103.5
B. Dixon 1B50100011.179.220.304.5240.5
S. Gennett 2B42310001.314.364.495.8596.0
E. Suarez 3B41100003.303.384.579.9633.0
P. Ervin LF21131100.309.379.469.8489.0
T. Barnhart C40110002.243.326.356.6822.0
M. Williams RF40000011.297.297.432.730-0.5
S. Romano P30000020.031.031.063.094-1.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Hamilton CF40100020.226.298.302.6004.0
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  • a-homered for Hernandez in the 9th
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A. Rosario SS40000012.230.275.347.621-0.5
J. McNeil 2B30000000.333.442.556.9971.0
W. Flores 1B40000021.275.331.454.785-1.0
M. Conforto LF40000020.232.347.393.740-1.0
T. Frazier 3B30100100.211.294.366.6602.0
B. Nimmo CF31200110.247.375.465.8414.5
J. Bautista RF30110114.200.342.372.7142.5
K. Plawecki C30000015.220.329.371.7000.5
J. Vargas P0000-000.077.143.077.000-
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Wahl P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.212.288.242.5300.0
T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Reyes PH10000002.186.257.281.5380.0
D. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Jackson PH10000002.267.333.347.6800.0
J. Rhame P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Wahl in the 3rd
  • b-flied out for Bashlor in the 5th
  • c-grounded out for Dr. Smith in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez (19)
  • HR - P. Ervin (2), D. Herrera (2)
  • SF - P. Ervin (3)
  • RBI - S. Gennett (68), P. Ervin 3 (15), T. Barnhart (35), D. Herrera (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Ervin 2 (8), T. Barnhart (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (15)
  • RBI - J. Bautista (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Peraza (18), B. Hamilton 2 (26)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Dixon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (W, 7-9)6.02113504.941.3924.5
J. Hughes (H, 12)1.00000101.391.063.5
D. Hernandez1.00000101.840.983.5
A. Garrett1.02000103.541.141.5
Total9.0411380---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (W, 7-9)6.0
J. Hughes (H, 12)1.0
D. Hernandez1.0
A. Garrett1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 2-8)0.13330108.751.84-10.5
P. Sewald1.21000304.731.253.5
B. Wahl1.02220016.751.88-1.0
T. Bashlor2.02001004.911.643.0
D. Smith2.01000202.571.436.0
J. Rhame2.01110117.651.554.5
Total9.01066172---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 2-8)0.1
P. Sewald1.2
B. Wahl1.0
T. Bashlor2.0
D. Smith2.0
J. Rhame2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Romano (3), D. Hernandez (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 84-54, J. Hughes 12-10, D. Hernandez 13-7, A. Garrett 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 8-5, J. Hughes 1-1, D. Hernandez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 24, J. Hughes 3, D. Hernandez 3, A. Garrett 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 14-12, P. Sewald 33-22, B. Wahl 16-12, T. Bashlor 35-24, D. Smith 28-21, J. Rhame 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Wahl 2-1, T. Bashlor 3-3, D. Smith 1-3, J. Rhame 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 4, P. Sewald 6, B. Wahl 5, T. Bashlor 9, D. Smith 7, J. Rhame 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Herrera homered to left61
  • 3RD INNING
    Ervin homered to left center, Gennett scored51
  • 2ND INNING
    Bautista singled to left center, Nimmo scored31
  • 1ST INNING
    Barnhart singled to center, Suarez scored30
    Ervin hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored, Suarez to third20
    Gennett singled to center, Peraza scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dilson Herrera hit for David Hernandez
    • D. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera homered to left
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Peraza flied out to center
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Frazier singled to left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo singled to left center, Frazier to second
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista popped out to second
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki popped out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jacob Rhame pitching
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ervin flied out to deep center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Williams grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • David Hernandez relieved Jared Hughes
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McNeil hit by pitch
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Flores grounded into double play third to second to first, McNeil out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon singled to right
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gennett flied out to deep right
    • E. Suarez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Suarez lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked, Frazier to second
    • Jared Hughes relieved Sal Romano
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki flied out to center
    • Austin Jackson hit for Drew Smith
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Drew Smith pitching
    • M. Williams: Williams flied out to left
    • S. Romano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romano struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Gennett singled to right center
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Suarez flied out to right
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked, Gennett to second
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki hit by pitch, Bautista to second
    • Jose Reyes hit for Tyler Bashlor
    • J. Reyes: Reyes flied out to center
    • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded into fielder's choice to third, Plawecki out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Tyler Bashlor pitching
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Williams grounded bunt out to second
    • S. Romano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Romano grounded out to third
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamilton singled to right center
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hamilton stole second, Foul, Ball, Hamilton stole third, Peraza popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Bobby Wahl relieved Paul Sewald
    • B. Dixon: Dixon grounded out to third
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gennett singled to left center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Suarez flied out to right
    • P. Ervin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ervin homered to left center, Gennett scored
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Guillorme hit for Bobby Wahl
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guillorme flied out to left
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Sewald Pitching:
    • S. Romano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romano struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Hamilton struck out on foul tip
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Peraza lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to first
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo doubled to deep right center
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bautista singled to left center, Nimmo scored
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza singled to center
    • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging, Peraza to third
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Gennett singled to center, Peraza scored
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez doubled to deep center, Gennett to third
    • Paul Sewald relieved Jason Vargas
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored, Suarez to third
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Barnhart singled to center, Suarez scored
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to first
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, McNeil grounded out to second
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Flores flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)