The New York Mets (68-79) erased a three-run deficit but fell 5-3 to the Cincinnati Reds (77-72) in the series opener on Friday night at Citi Field.
After Cincinnati grabbed a 3-0 lead, Pete Alonso crushed his 45th home run of the season, a game-tying three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
However, Grant Hartwig entered the game in relief of David Peterson and gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Jonathan India in the seventh, which ended up being the difference in the game.
Aside from Alonso’s home run, the Mets managed just four hits, two of which came from DJ Stewart.
Peterson allowed three runs (two earned) over 5.2 innings while striking out 10, matching his career high.
The Mets will try to even this three-game series at a game apiece on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Tylor Megill will get the start.