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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mets Come To Town For Playoff Clinch Duda, Duda

Lucas Duda struck an emphatic blow with a grand slam home in the first inning off rookie John Lamb in the Mets division clinching 10-2 win.

The Mets reached the playoffs for the first time since 2006..

"It's a lot harder to watch a team clinch if you're in the race and you're the ones affected. I'd rather it not happen in our ballpark but you have to acknowledge the Mets have done. They had a great yea<" Bryan Price said..

It was the eighth grand slam of the season allowed by the Reds' "baby boomer" pitching staff. Curtis Granderson hit his 25th home run of the season off Lamb in the second.

"It was the lead in to the Duda at bat, then Lamb fell behind and Duda hit a criple fastball," Price said.

The Reds made an attempt to get back in the game and delay the Mets' celebration with two runs in the second off Matt Harvey.

Jay Bruce hit an infield single to open the inning.  Todd Frazier lined a single to right centerfield. Ivan De Jesus Jr, starting at shortstop, doubled into the rightfield corner to score two runs. Tucker Barnhart singled with one out. De Jesus stopped at third.  Harvey got out of the inning without further scoring.
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The Mets got those runs back with two off Carlos Contreras in the third. Yoenis Cespedes singled but Daniel Murphy forced him at secondbase.  Duda walked.  Michael Cuddyer doubled Murphy and Duda home.

Jason Bourgeois got every last vertical inch of his 5'9" frame and robbed Murphy of his 14th home run in the fifth inning.

Bruce and Frazier singled with two out but were stranded.  Joey Votto singled in the fifth but was erased on a nifty double play started on a nice stop behind secondbase by Wilmer Flores.

David Wright's three-run home run off Burke Badenhop in the ninth just iced the game. It was Wright's fifth home run of the season. The Mets players and coaches were all on the dugout railing in the ninth inning anticipating the end of the game that came when Jeurys Familia struck out Jay Bruce.

They were over the railing as soon as Bruce missed the final pitch.  The Reds strolled off the field with their 91st loss of the season.

"It stinks to have them clinch against you," Frazier said. "You look back on our year (2012). We've been there before and you want to get that feeling again. You're happy for them. You hate to lose but you're still happy for them at the same time it's a kick in the rear end."

Votto's three hits put him on base for the 43rd straight game. He has been on base with a hit or walk 308 times this season, eight short of his own team record of 316 in 2013.  Votto has been on base in 138 of his 151 games.

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