NEW YORK (AP) — These terrific at-bats by rookie

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Jeff McNeil http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , maybe it’s the bat.A most unusual bat.Swinging a strange-looking stick with no knob, McNeil homered in getting three more hits to lead the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of struggling teams.“Definitely getting a lot more confident up there,” McNeil said.McNeil’s 34-inch, 31 1/2-inch Dove Tail bat features a style virtually unseen in the majors. His bat simply flares out at the end — he started using it a couple of years ago in the minors, saying he likes the way it feels so balanced.“To me, it’s just a normal bat,” he said.Go tell that to other big leaguers. Put it this way: None of his new teammates have asked to try it.“No, not up here,” he said, laughing.The 26-year-old second baseman is 12 for 33 (.364) with two homers in 12 games since making his major league debut this season. He was batting a combined .342 with 19 homers at Triple-A and Double-A when he was called up.“He’s going to have a chance to really show us what he can do,” manager Mickey Callaway said.McNeil has eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. He singled during a three-run first inning against Homer Bailey (1-9), singled in a two-run fourth and hit a solo homer into the second deck in right field in sixth.Wilmer Flores, playing on his 27th birthday, and Austin Jackson each had three hits and Kevin Plawecki homered in backing Noah Syndergaard.Reds star Joey Votto got two hits and drew a bases-loaded walk. But the Reds first baseman admittedly was moving rather slowly because of general soreness, and is unlikely to start Tuesday night.“I thought I would be fine. I took batting practice. Usually that tells me a lot about my legs http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey ,” he said. “But then I started playing during the game and I couldn’t turn it over, I couldn’t really get it going.”Both clubs had lost five of six going into the series opener. Before it began, Reds pitcher Matt Harvey was honored with a video tribute, with the former Mets ace drawing a mix of cheers and boos in his first game at Citi Field since being traded to Cincinnati in May.“I remember a lot of cheers,” he said before the game. “I do remember some boos.”McNeil’s homer made it 6-0, and Syndergaard (7-2) seemed to be in complete charge when he retired the first batter in the seventh. But he then hit the next two batters with pitches and the Reds went on to rally for four runs on a hot, humid evening.“I think I just kind of ran out of gas,” Syndergaard said.Jose Peraza’s RBI single finished Syndergaard, and reliever Bobby Wahl walked Votto with the bases loaded. Eugenio Suarez looped a two-out, two-run single off Robert Gsellman that made it 6-4, but Mason Williams struck out with two runners on base.Jerry Blevins pitched ninth for his first save of the season, and the sixth of his 12-year career.Syndergaard’s streak of 13 straight starts of allowing no more than three runs ended. Bailey faced only 21 batters and gave up a season-high 11 hits.STATS-N-STUFFJackson’s RBI single in the first was the Mets’ first hit with two outs and a scoring position since July 26, the Elias Sports Bureau said. The Mets had been 0-for-29 in those situations. The club record was an 0-for-31 skid in 2014. … Votto was 0 for 11 lifetime vs. Syndergaard before singling his first two times up. He’s reached base in 23 straight games against the Mets. … The Mets have won 20 of 25 vs. the Reds since 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: OF Preston Tucker was hit in the left foot by a pitch in the seventh, scored a run and left the game. He’ll get X-rays Tuesday.Mets: Longtime Mets 1B Ed Kranepool, in need of a kidney transplant and searching for a donor Ivan Rodriguez Jersey , threw out the first ball. The 73-year-old made his big league debut at 17 with the expansion 1962 Mets. The popular New York native played 18 seasons in the majors, all with the Mets.UP NEXTReds: RHP Sal Romano (6-9, 5.12 ERA) makes his second career road start against the Mets. Born on Long Island and a prep star in Connecticut, the 24-year-old had hundreds of fans in the stands when he pitched at Citi Field last season.Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (2-7, 8.23) is 0-4 in his last five starts. MIAMI — The Toronto Blue Jays and the host Miami Marlins have each snapped four-game losing streaks during this series.On Sunday, they play the rubber game of the set, and both starting pitchers will be looking for firsts.In the case of Miami’s Jeff Brigham, everything will be a first because Sunday will mark his major league debut. He takes the rotation spot held by fellow rookie right-hander Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.14 ERA), who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.Article continues below ...On the other side, Toronto right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (0-2, 8.68) will also be looking for the first win of his major league career.Brigham, 26, had a 2.36 ERA in the minors this year, the second-best figure of any starter in Miami’s organization.A former Washington Huskies pitcher http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , Brigham was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 and was traded to the Marlins the following year.Because of injuries, Brigham made just 11 starts at Class A in 2017. But he bounced back this season, dominating Double-A with a 4-1 record and a 1.18 ERA. And after getting promoted to Triple-A New Orleans, he went 5-2 with a 3.44 ERA.“Brigham’s best pitch is his fastball, which can get up to 98 (mph) and has late, arm-side run,” Baseball America scouts wrote about the 6-foot, 200-pounder. “He has a low 80s slider that has plus potential, and he has shown feel for his changeup, which is clearly his third-best pitch.“He has to improve his control and show he can stay healthy.”In the past, Brigham had been slowed by elbow, shoulder and oblique injuries.“Jeff is a guy we’ve been talking about even before the Lopez injury,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We were looking at ways to get him starts. Now we should be able to get him four or five starts.”Meanwhile, Reid-Foley is making his third start of the season after his major league debut on Aug. 13.In his most recent start, Reid-Foley lasted just 4 1/3 innings Prince Fielder Jersey , allowing six earned runs in an 11-6 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 18.“Our starting pitching has been getting hit around pretty good the past week or 10 days,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. “It’s putting us behind the eight-ball.”On Sunday, Reid-Foley could be facing two players just off the disabled list. Rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, who had been out with a hip injury, returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 1-for-4. He is batting just .187 this season.“I’m better than that,” Brinson said of his current batting average and a stretch this year where he went 1-for-36 with 15 strikeouts.“It’s been disappointing. Some things didn’t go my way, but I’m just trying to have a strong last month.”Before he got hurt, Brinson hit .267 in June, offering some hope.Meanwhile, Marlins veteran third baseman Martin Prado also came off the DL on Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a three-run double to deep left-center field, leading Miami to a 6-3 win.“I hope it starts a winning streak,” Prado said. “This win was big for me personally and for the team.”

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