Schrock steps up to five-on-five, homers replace Votto as Reds beat Mets – .

Schrock steps up to five-on-five, homers replace Votto as Reds beat Mets – .

NEW YORK – Reds rookie Max Schrock has done his best to emulate Joey Votto.
Schrock went 5 for 5 with a homerun while giving the All-Star a break, leading newcomer Vladimir Gutierrez and Cincinnati to the New York Mets 7-1 on Sunday.

Making his first major league start on first base, Schrock, 26 – who also made an appearance as a relief pitcher this year – has admirably filled the Reds star. Schrock scored three points and led two.

“I was just going up there trying to see some good shots, that was about it,” Schrock said.

Votto rested from manager David Bell a day after his seven-game streak ended. That gave the 37-year-old slugger back-to-back days off before the Reds’ series opener with Minnesota on Tuesday.

“It worked perfectly,” Bell said.

Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer each scored points for the Reds, who tied a season-high by winning six out of 0.500 games.

“Maybe I should go play first on Tuesday,” Farmer joked. “Whoever plays first is killing him!” “

In his second game with his new team, Javier Baez is out without a hitting in four batting appearances for the NL East leaders Mets, who are 8-9 since the all-star break.

Gutierrez (6-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. His only flaw was a sixth inning homerun against Jeff McNeil.

“I’m happy to be with this ball club at the moment and to have the opportunity to win games for this team,” Gutierrez said through an interpreter.

The rookie right-hander struck out four strikes and didn’t allow any hits until the single with two Kevin Pillar strikeouts in the fifth. Gutierrez also got a goal-laden walk in the sixth for his first RBI in the big leagues.

“The kid’s got some good things,” New York manager Luis Rojas said.

Marcus Stroman (7-10) dropped out of Schrock’s solo circuit in the fourth, then struggled in the sixth.

Jesse Winker netted a brace and Farmer tripled down the middle of the field, just beyond the reach of a plunging pillar. Stephenson followed with a sacrifice fly.

Stroman seemed to get out of the woods before he steered Tyler Naquin over wild ground which saw Schrock, who had a single, reach third place. Miguel Castro relieved and walked back-to-back hitters to force into a run.


After becoming the 30th New York Mets player to return home in his first game with the team on Saturday, Baez showed his arm on Sunday. The All-Star shortstop caught Eugenio Suarez at home plate with a perfect outfield grass pitch in the fourth inning.


Reds: Bell was asked before the game if he would have resisted Votto if the star hitter’s eighth inning drive on Saturday night that hit the padding at the top of the right field wall was a foot higher. The Cincinnati skipper had a good laugh before ending his pre-game press conference without commenting. Votto lost one game – and just inches away – for fear of matching the MLB home homer record in eight straight games.

Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) was left out of the starting lineup for a second straight game. He made his appearance as a pinch hitter in the sixth… INF Luis Guillorme was placed on the 10-day injured list with left hamstring strain.


Reds: After a day off, Cincinnati comes home for a two-game streak against Minnesota. RHP Tyler Mahle (8-3, 3.68 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds. He struggled in nine starts at the Great American Ballpark, allowing 13 home runs and 31 earned runs in 46 innings (6.07 ERA), compared to just 15 earned runs in 65 2-3 innings (2.06) on the road. RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 4.40 ERA) throws for the Twins.

Mets: RHP rookie Tylor Megill (1-0, 2.04 ERA) will be on the mound as New York opens a four-game series in Miami on Monday. Megill’s 1.04 ERA in July was the best in the major leagues for pitchers who pitched 25 innings or more.


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