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The New York Mets bounced out of their slump in a big way in Cincinnati Monday night, as they opened a three-game series with the Reds.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez led the way with two of the Mets four home runs in the 7-6 victory. The road victory comes after a winless six game home stand in which the Mets offense was nonexistent.
The home of the Reds, Great American Ballpark, is one of the more hitter friendly ballparks in the major leagues and it was just what the Mets needed. Using ESPN Park Factor, Great American Ballpark is the most home run friendly stadium and eleventh in runs.
Michael Conforto got the scoring started when he hit a leadoff home run off Reds pitcher Homer Bailey. Jay Bruce added a home run of his own in the fifth inning.
The Mets tallied 18 hits, led by Gonzalez three. Conforto, Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, and Amed Rosario each had two hits of their own.
Met fans are hoping the two hit performance from Conforto can get him on track. The outfielder was five for his last 40 at the plate coming into Monday's game.
Cespedes, who left Sunday's game after the first inning with a groin injury, hit two doubles but ran the bases gingerly.
The Mets certainly didn't get a great pitching performance but it was enough for the victory. Starter P.J. Conlon couldn't get out of the fourth inning in his big league debut, giving up three runs. It wasn't all negative from Irish born Conlon, he impressed the first two rotations through the lineup, but like many pitchers, he struggled that third time around. Conlon gave up four extra-base-hits.
Relievers Paul Sewald and Robert Gsellman couldn't shut down the reds through 1.2 and and 2.2 innings respectively. Gsellman did end up getting the win for New York.
Closer Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his tenth save of the season.
The Mets will look to build on their first win in a week Tuesday night when Jason Vargas takes the mound against Luis Castillo. Both pitchers have struggled this season.
In two starts this season, Vargas is 0-2 with an ERA north of 16 in 8.1 innings. Castillo is 1-4 with an ERA of 7.