- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Add one more indignity to the Reds’ season: They had to watch the Mets spray champagne all over Great American Ball Park.

New York clinched its sixth NL East title on Saturday with a 10-2 victory, getting a grand slam from Lucas Duda in the first inning and a three-run shot by captain David Wright in the ninth.

The Reds’ seventh straight loss left them with 91 overall, their most since they lost 93 games in 2003. And there’s a week to go before it’s finally over.

“It stinks to have them clinch against you,” said third baseman Todd Frazier, who won the All-Star Home Run Derby at Great American in July - Cincinnati’s best moment of the otherwise dismal season. “We’ve been there before and you want to get that feeling again. You hate to lose but you’re still happy for them. At the same time, it’s a kick in the rear end.”

They’ve lost nine of their last 13 against the Mets, who sprayed beer and champagne all over the visitors’ clubhouse, then headed back onto the field to spray the several thousand New York fans who had cheered them on throughout the game.

“It’s a lot harder to watch a team clinch if you’re in the race and you’re the ones affected,” manager Bryan Price said. “I’d rather it not happen in our ballpark, but you have to acknowledge what the Mets have done. They had a great year.”

Matt Harvey (13-7) was most appropriate to pitch the clincher. He was the NL’s starter for the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field, but needed Tommy John surgery that October and missed all of the 2014 season. Harvey gave up a pair of runs in 6 2-3 innings.

When Jeurys Familia fanned Jay Bruce to end it, Mets players streamed from the dugout and formed a celebratory huddle in front of the mound.

New York will likely face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Duda sparked a warm-up celebration with his first career slam in the first inning off left-hander John Lamb (1-4). Duda had a pair of three-run homers on Friday night. The slam gave him three homers in five at-bats with 10 RBIs.

“I didn’t know it was a game that clinched it for them,” said Lamb, who lasted only two innings. “I knew there was some extra excitement and they were doing something special.”

Curtis Granderson added a solo shot, and Wright put it away in the ninth with his fourth homer since returning from a back injury in late August.

This title was rather unexpected. Significant injuries and an inexperienced rotation played into Washington’s hands as the NL East favorite. But New York bolstered a struggling offense at midseason and beat the Nationals head-to-head while pulling away.

It was fitting that they got to celebrate in Cincinnati. New York is 25-15 all-time at Great American Ball Park, the best winning percentage by any NL team, including the Reds.


Mets: INF Juan Uribe might not be available to the Mets early in the playoffs because of injured cartilage in his chest, Collins said. He aggravated the injury while swinging on Friday night and left the game. X-rays were negative.

Reds: Manager Bryan Price said RHP Homer Bailey is doing well in throwing sessions that began Sept. 3. Bailey is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery.


Mets: deGrom (13-8) has allowed at least eight hits in three of his last five starts after allowing as many hits only once in his prior 38 starts. It’ll be his first career appearance against the Reds.

Reds: Keyvius Sampson (2-5) has lost his last four decisions. The rookie has lasted six innings only one time in his 10 starts. It’ll be his first against the Mets.


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