New York Mets

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 04: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets watches fireworks after a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 04, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

The Mets rung in the Fourth of July with their own set of fireworks as Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor went yard in the Mets’ 7-4 win at Cincinnati.

The victory marked New York’s 50th of the season, giving them the most victories by any team in the National League up to this point. Only the Yankees have more wins in Major League Baseball.

Nimmo’s three-run bomb in the second inning gave New York an early 3-0 lead. That lead was quickly lost by starter Taijuan Walker who served up a three-run bomb to Brandon Drury in the home half of the third inning, tying it at three. The Mets would respond with Lindor’s solo homer in the fifth to take the lead back at 4-3.

Dom Smith, who has struggled for the most part this season, lined a two-run double in the sixth inning that broke the game wide open. Finally, Eduardo Escobar scorched an RBI single to cap off the scoring in the seventh inning.

Walker tossed six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Seth Lugo earned the save, his third of the year.

The attention now turns to tonight’s game when Max Scherzer makes his anticipated return to the mound after missing the past six weeks due to an oblique strain. Scherzer had two rehab outings in Binghamton over the past couple of weeks. The Mets also hope to get Jacob deGrom back in the rotation come to the end of the month.

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