WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets thrived in their first game minus Carlos Beltran, defeating the sinking Cincinnati Reds, 8-2. David Wright put the Mets in control with a three-run homer in the seventh off reliever Jose Arredondo. Wright produced four RBIs and has now driven in 11 runs in six games since returning from the DL.
The Amazin’s will aim for their first-ever four-game sweep in Cincinnati in Thursday’s 12:10 p.m. matinee.
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DUDE: Lucas Duda, taking over for Beltran in right field, delivered a sixth-inning solo homer off Bronson Arroyo as the Mets took a 5-1 lead. Duda delivered only his second homer in 123 at-bats this season. It was the 30th homer surrendered by Arroyo this season. Duda did have difficulty on Jay Bruce’s shot to the right-field corner in the seventh, playing the ball into a triple.
WELCOME BACK: Angel Pagan, who delivered a pinch-hit RBI single Tuesday, returned to the starting lineup after battling dehydration and dizziness and opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning.
Daniel Murphy added a fifth-inning RBI double and Wright followed with a sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-1 lead. Murphy finished with a career-high four hits.
BIG PELF: Mike Pelfrey tossed a 108-pitch complete game, rebounding from back-to-back rough starts to limit the Reds to a solo homer by Joey Votto and a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Chris Heisey. Pelfrey produced his second complete game this season -- the other coming June 18 against the Angels -- and fourth of his career.
At the plate, Pelfrey produced his second hit of the season, upping his season average to .054.
WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Capuano (8-10, 4.26 ERA) opposes right-hander Homer Bailey (5-4, 3.67) in the series finale.