Leading off the sixth inning, Curtis Granderson slugged a homer to right-center field that gave the Mets a three-run lead. That was enough space for Noah Syndergaard, who lacked command and labored for five scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and four walks, striking out seven while throwing 95 pitches. After his departure, Wilmer Flores added on with a pinch-hit two-run homer to center field in the eighth against lefty reliever Wandy Peralta.

Mets pitchers didn’t have an easy afternoon as the Reds put runners on base in every inning. But Cincinnati went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 12 stranded.

DeSclafani pitched six innings and gave up three runs (two earned), seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Three runs in the eighth against the Mets bullpen came after the Reds loaded the bases with no outs on Gabriel Ynoa. Tucker Barnhart‘s one-out RBI single off of Addison Reed ended the shutout bid before Peraza’s two-out double added two more runs. But Cincinnati got no closer and has dropped eight of its past 10 games, as well as 14 in a row against New York.

Peraza pours on the hits: On the offensive side, Peraza resumed his tear after coming off of an 0-for-4 game on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two singles. His two-run double off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the eighth was inches away from being a game-tying grand slam and made it a two-run game. Since he was recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 20, Peraza is batting .484 (30-for-62) in his past 17 games with 10 multihit games and three four-hit games — his career high.

Thor brings the hammer: Though Syndergaard kept things scoreless, it wasn’t an easy outing for the 24-year-old righty. The Reds managed a runner on third with one out in the first, but he managed two big strikeouts against Joey Votto and Adam Duvall to escape. Again in the fourth, Cincinnati got a runner in scoring position with one out, but Syndergaard was able to strike out the bottom of the order to escape.

Mets: After more than two straight weeks with a game, the Mets have an off-day on Thursday before starting a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday. Rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman will take the mound for the 7:35 p.m. ET first pitch for his third career start. In his previous two outings, Gsellman is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA.

Reds: A brief four-game road trip to Pittsburgh gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, with Dan Straily starting the opener for the Reds vs. the Pirates. The Reds are 5-6 vs. the Pirates this season with a tight run differential that has them trailing, 40-39, in the 11 games.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for and covered the Mets on Wednesday.

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