Max Scherzer made his first Major League start in nearly seven weeks and dominated, but the offense did not show up, and the New York Mets were blanked by the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.
Scherzer tossed six shutout innings while allowing just two hits and striking out a season-high 11 batters. It was the right-hander’s first start since May 18.
Joely Rodríguez and Tommy Hunter each fired a scoreless inning before Seth Lugo allowed a walk-off sacrifice fly to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning.
Starling Marte and Mark Canha combined for four of New York’s six hits. The Mets finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
David Peterson will get the start on Wednesday night as the Mets will try to take two of three from the Reds. The first pitch is slated for 6:40 p.m.