CINCINNATI – Just another wild night at the ballpark for the Mets, with homers flying, a deficit erased and a game decided in the final inning.
The Mets took a gut punch in one such game over the weekend, but have distributed two straight uppercuts to mitigate the damage since.
Kevin Pillar and Michael Conforto delivered the knockout with homers in the 11th inning on Monday night that helped ice the Mets’ second straight victory, 15-11 over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Mets blasted seven homers, a season high.
After Jeff McNeil’s RBI single gave the Mets an 11-10 lead in the 11th inning, Pillar crushed a three-run homer against Ryan Hendrix and Conforto followed with his second blast of the game.
Anthony Banda, who was selected from Triple-A Syracuse before the game to provide the Mets with a fresh bullpen arm, secured the victory by getting four outs over the 10th and 11th innings. Trevor May recorded the final two outs for the save. The Reds had tied it 10-10 in the 10th against Banda on Tyler Naquin’s RBI single.