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Mike Moustakas’ sacrifice fly lifts Reds over Mets

Jul 5, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) pitches during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Moustakas hit a game-ending sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the host Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 1-0 Tuesday night.

The Reds earned their second walk-off win in the last three days by surviving a dominating performance from Max Scherzer in his return from an oblique injury and put together a rally against Seth Lugo (1-2).

Tommy Pham opened the ninth with a double that sliced down the right field line and just beyond Starling Marte’s reach. After Tyler Naquin was intentionally walked, Donavan Solano drew a walk to load the bases.

The Mets pulled their infield and outfield in, and the Reds won it when Moustakas hit a 2-1 pitch to center field. Brandon Nimmo made a running catch, but Pham easily scored.

Scherzer allowed two hits and struck out a season-high 11 batters in six overpowering innings in his first start since getting injured May 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hunter Strickland (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth to set things up for Moustakas.

Scherzer notched his third double-digit strikeout game of the season and 107th of his career.

Scherzer struck out the side in the fifth and then ended his ninth start as a Met by fanning Pham on a 95 mph fastball on his 79th pitch.

Cincinnati rookie Nick Lodolo also returned from the injured list and allowed three hits in 4 2/3 innings after being out since April 24 with a back injury. He tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and worked around three walks.

Lodolo stranded two runners in both the second and fourth inning.

The left-hander was lifted when Marte drew a two-out walk in the fifth. Joel Kuhnel took over and retired Francisco Lindor to end the inning. Ross Detweiler provided one inning of scoreless relief before Jeff Hoffman went 1 1/3 innings.

–Field Level Media