The Mets have won four straight games, but their dominance of the Reds runs even deeper.
New York has served Cincinnati defeat in 18 of their last 20 meetings, and last night broke a club record of beating them in nine straight games at home.
Rafael Montero got the ball for the Mets after having faced the Reds two starts ago, one-hitting them over eight innings.
“It wasn’t too long ago they saw him, and not only that, but he dominated them,” Collins said before Saturday’s game. “That always brings out a little more intensity on the other side.”
Montero surrendered the first run of the game in the second after Scott Schebler hit a sacrifice fly, but the Mets jump right back in front in the bottom of the frame on a two-run bomb from Kevin Plawecki.
The 26-year-old lasted just five innings after yielding five walks, but still came away victorious as the bullpen was able to stymie the Reds and carry the team to victory.
Leading 2-1 in the sixth, Dominic Smith stepped into the dish with a runner at second and two out and promptly served a ball into right field to give the Mets a little breathing room.
While it wasn’t a dominating performance like the one the Reds faced over a week ago, it was enough for Montero to secure another victory and work towards evening his record out.
Jacob deGrom, who pinched hit for the Mets on Saturday, will be the starter Sunday afternoon as New York looks to hand the Reds a four game sweep.