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Mets offense wakes up late for extra-inning win over Reds

It looked as if the New York Mets were about to drop two of three to the Cincinnati Reds, but the offense woke up late, and the Mets picked up an 8-3 victory in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

With New York trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Starling Marte came to the plate with a runner on first and grounded one down the left-field line for a game-tying double. Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso were unable to bring Marte home, but reliever Adam Ottavino tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

With the automatic runner at second in the 10th, the red-hot Dominic Smith grounded one through the right side for an RBI double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, James McCann, who has been struggling at the plate as of late, lined a two-out RBI single into left field to extend the lead to 5-3. Brandon Nimmo broke the game open with a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, making it 8-3. Nimmo’s homer capped off a five-run inning.

In the bottom of the 10th, Edwin Díaz struck out the side in a non-save situation to secure the victory.

Before the ninth, the Mets had 11 hits but just two runs. Jeff McNeil and Tomas Nido each had run-scoring singles.

David Peterson started on the bump for New York and surrendered three runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings while walking five and striking out seven. The left-hander struggled with his control. Adonis Medina followed Peterson in relief and fired three shutout innings. Colin Holderman also had a scoreless appearance.

The Mets will head home for a four-game series against the Miami Marlins, which will begin on Thursday night. Trevor Williams will get the ball for New York. The first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.