CINCINNATI—The Cincinnati Reds remain on pace for their first 100-loss season in 40 years.
Three straight losses to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend dropped the Reds (23-43, .348) 20 games under .500 for the first time this season. The Reds are on pace to finish 56-106.
The Reds finished 61-101 in 1982. If the Reds maintain their current winning percentage, they would finish with the second-worst winning percentage in franchise history. The 1934 Reds were 32-99 (.344).
The Brewers (38-30) are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central Division. They are 14 games ahead of the Reds.
“It’s a big series playing against the Brewers, and we’ve played them well in the past,” manager David Bell said in a postgame interview Sunday on Bally Sports Ohio after a 6-3 loss to the Brewers. “It was a tough series. We wanted to keep any momentum we had going. It is tough. We have an off day (Monday), and we get to do it again Tuesday. That’ll be the focus. We’ve been through this before. We’ve been here before. We just have to keep finding ways to improve and get better.”
With the three-game sweep, the Brewers improved to 26-12 against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in the last four seasons. That’s the best record of any team in the Central Division in Cincinnati in the same span.
The Dodgers (40-25) come to Cincinnati after sweeping the Reds in four games in April and outscoring them 26-7. The series starts at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday with Tyler Mahle (2-5, 4.46) pitching for the Reds. Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.33) and Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26) will start Wednesday and Thursday.
METS 6, MARLINS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — David Peterson pitched into the sixth inning with his wife expected to go into labor imminently, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-0 Monday despite losing Jeff McNeil to injury.
Mets manager Buck Showatler joked Monday morning that New York was on “baby watch” with Peterson, McNeil and Seth Lugo all awaiting newborns. Lugo was placed on the paternity list before the game.
Peterson was prepared to leave the park if his wife, Alex, went into labor with the couple’s first child, and the Mets had contingencies if he couldn’t make the start.
The call didn’t come, and Peterson (4-1) covered 5 1/3 innings with a season-high seven strikeouts on 100 pitches. He allowed six hits and two walks as the Mets won the four-game series by finishing their 11th shutout this season, tying the Yankees for the major league lead.
McNeil left in the fourth inning with right hamstring tightness after scoring on a wild pitch.
New York’s J.D. Davis was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the eighth, the league-leading 50th Mets player plunked this season. Davis threw his bat in pain but remained in the game. Davis had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ligament in his left hand that bothered him throughout 2021.
The Mets dinked and dunked their way to a 4-0 lead against Trevor Rogers (3-6) with two sacrifice flies, Mark Canha’s bases-loaded walk and McNeil’s scurry home. Rogers was charged with three earned runs over five innings with seven strikeouts.
Canha’s RBI free pass came in the first inning, when New York loaded the bases with the help of an error by third baseman Jon Berti.
The Mets manufactured two more runs in the fourth. Davis tagged up and aggressively took home on Eduardo Escobar’s shallow fly to left, then McNeil took home on a wild pitch that skipped about 10 feet away from catcher Jacob Stallings.
McNeil had reached with a hit against the shift — the left-handed hitter entered the game hitting .380 when teams stacked three infielders on the right side of second base.
McNeil walked off uneasily after scoring and went straight to the clubhouse. He was replaced at second base by Luis Guillorme.
Pete Alonso added a sac fly in the fifth that scored Brandon Nimmo, who had three hits.
Peterson allowed a single and a walk with one out in the sixth before being lifted, and he walked off to a standing ovation. Adam Ottavino replaced Peterson with two on in the sixth and got an inning-ending double play from Jerar Encarnación.
Eduardo Escobar tacked on a two-run single in the eighth.
Cincinnati Reds’ Kyle Farmer (17) rounds third base on his way to scoring on a two-run double hit by Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, in Cincinnati.