Matt Reynolds

Montero Wins Again, Plawecki Homers As Mets Top Reds

Rafael Montero overcame five walks to win his third straight start, Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Saturday night.

After losing five of six, the Mets have won four straight for the first time since July 19-22.

Cincinnati's third consecutive defeat ensured its fourth losing season in a row and 14th in 17 years.

Montero (5-9) was lifted with a 2-1 lead after throwing 97 pitches, weaving in and out of trouble over five innings. The righthander entered 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in his previous five starts.

Chasen Bradford, Josh Smoker, Jeurys Familia and Jamie Callahan combined for four innings of hitless relief....

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