NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach had a three-run double in the seventh inning, and the New York Mets hurt Cincinnati’s wild card chances with an 8-4 victory on Sunday over the sloppy Reds.
Cincinnati (78-73) is a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs and Miami for the NL’s final wild card berth.
“It’s a really fun opportunity to be playing meaningful baseball this time of the year,” said Reds infielder Spencer Steer, one of four rookies in Sunday’s lineup. “Every one of these games really matters for us. It’s almost like a playoff-type feel to these games.”
A trio of rookies — third baseman Noelvi Marte, first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand and relief pitcher Carson Spiers — made errors for the Reds, who had four errors in their previous eight games combined.