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Mets pull away late, defeat Reds 7-4

The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, in the series opener on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

Taijuan Walker started on the mound for New York and allowed three runs over six innings. The right-hander picked up the win, improving to 7-2 on the season.

Drew Smith surrendered the lone run in relief for the Mets. Colin Holderman and Seth Lugo each tossed a scoreless inning. With Edwin Díaz having appeared in three of the Mets’ last four games, Lugo recorded the save.

Brandon Nimmo gave New York an early 3-0 lead in the second inning with a three-run home run, which was his sixth long ball of the season.

Cincinnati knotted the game in the third on Brandon Drury’s three-run shot.

Francisco Lindor put the Mets back on top in the fifth with his 13th homer of the season.

In the sixth, Dominic Smith extended the lead with a two-run double, making it 6-3.

New York increased the lead in the seventh on Eduardo Escobar’s run-scoring single. Nick Senzel capped off the scoring in the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame.

The Mets will try to secure the series win on Tuesday night in the second game of the three-game series. Max Scherzer will be reinstated from the injured list and will start the game for New York. The first pitch is slated for 6:40 p.m.