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Reds beat Mets; trade Mesoraco

CINCINNATI (AP) — Still wearing his Reds socks, catcher Devin Mesoraco headed for the other clubhouse shortly before the first pitch, giving the Mets someone to help at their neediest position.
Then he watched New York lose to his former team.
Eugenio Suarez drove in four runs as Cincinnati pulled away to a 7-2 victory Tuesday night, one that started with a stunning trade.
The Mets sent former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds — he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers — and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch. He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as the Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Mesoraco was getting ready to warm up for the game when he got the news that it was time to head to the other clubhouse, where attendants were beginning to sew his name onto the back of a Mets jersey.
“Just kind of surreal,” Mesoraco said. “A whirlwind. A lot happened in 15 minutes.”
Then another game got away from the slumping Mets.
Suarez had a bases-loaded single and an RBI double off left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3). He added another RBI single in the seventh, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.
Luis Castillo (2-4) retired the first 14 Mets before Amed Rosario singled. Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer in the sixth — the ball bounced off the yellow padding atop the left field wall.
Amir Garrett walked Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the sixth, but fanned Brandon Nimmo to end the Mets’ best chance to pull even. New York was blanked three times while losing all six games on a homestand last week.
The Reds are 9-27 and trying to fix the rotation that has been at the root of their problems, which made them interested in trading for Harvey. They gave up a player who has been part of their core.
“He’s a class act,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said . “A lot of people got to know him in his 10 years here. This was an emotional day for the team and for a lot of staff members.”
Vargas had another rough time as he works back from hand surgery, giving up four runs in four innings.
Vargas broke the hamate bone in his right hand and had surgery to remove it on March 20. In three starts spanning 12 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 19 runs, 26 hits and five homers.
“When you do that, you feel you let those guys down,” Vargas said.
ANOTHER REDS CATCHER
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench led the crowd of 14,804 in singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
RIGGLEMAN’S RECORD
The Reds are 6-12 since Riggleman took over as interim manager on April 19 when Bryan Price was fired after a 3-15 start.
NUMBER EXCHANGE
Mesoraco got No. 29 with the Mets. He wore 39 with Cincinnati.
TWEETERS AND WOOFERS
Fans brought more than 350 dogs for one of the Reds’ annual Bark in the Park promotions. Some dogs barked steadily through the game.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Mets: 3B Todd Frazier went on the 10-day DL with a sore left hamstring to open a spot for Mesoraco. He was originally out of the lineup. … Robles left the game in the seventh after twisting his right knee while trying to field a bunt.
Reds: RH Michael Lorenzen will pitch one inning in a game at the Reds’ spring training complex on Thursday. He’s been sidelined since March by a strained pitching shoulder.
UP NEXT
Mets: Zack Wheeler (2-2) is coming off one of his worst outings. He tied his career high by allowing eight runs in six innings of an 8-7 loss to the Rockies last Friday.
Reds: Sal Romano (2-3) is 1-0 in two career starts against the Mets, allowing five runs and 14 hits in 11 innings with 11 strikeouts.

Reds’ boxscore
Reds 7, Mets 2
New York Cincinnati
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Cnforto cf 4 0 0 0 Peraza ss 5 1 1 0
A.Cbrra 2b 4 1 2 0 Schebler rf 5 2 2 0
Cespdes lf 2 0 0 0 Votto 1b 3 1 0 0
Bruce rf 3 0 0 0 Suarez 3b 4 2 3 4
A.Gnzalz 1b 3 0 0 1 Gennett 2b 4 1 1 2
A.Rosrio ss 2 0 1 0 Blandino 2b 0 0 0 0
S.Lugo p 0 0 0 0 Duvall lf 2 0 1 0
Nimmo ph 1 0 0 0 Barnhart c 4 0 3 1
A.Ramos p 0 0 0 0 L.Castillo p 2 0 0 0
Blevins p 0 0 0 0 Garrett p 0 0 0 0
H.Rbles p 0 0 0 0 R.Hererra ph 1 0 0 0
Sewald p 0 0 0 0 D.Hrnandz p 0 0 0 0
Lagares ph 1 0 1 0 W.Peralta p 0 0 0 0
Nido c 3 0 0 0 Brice p 0 0 0 0
Mesoraco ph 1 0 0 0 Hamilton cf 4 0 1 0
Jo.Ryes 3b-ss 4 0 0 0
J.Vrgas p 1 0 0 0
Flores 3b 3 1 2 1
Totals 32 2 6 2 Totals 34 7 12 7

New York 000 002 000 = 2
Cincinnati 202 000 30x = 7

E—A.Cabrera (1). DP—New York 1, Cincinnati 1. LOB—New York 7, Cincinnati 8. 2B—Schebler (4), Suarez (6). 3B—Barnhart (1). HR—Flores (3), Gennett (4). S—W.Peralta (1).
IP H R ER BB SO
New York
Vargas L,0-3 4 6 4 4 2 1
Lugo 1 0 0 0 0 1
Ramos 1 3 1 1 0 1
Blevins 1-3 0 0 0 0 0
Robles 1-3 3 2 2 1 0
Sewald 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 0
Cincinnati
Castillo W,2-4 5 2-3 3 2 2 1 7
Garrett H,3 1-3 0 0 0 2 1
Hernandez H,2 2-3 1 0 0 0 0
Peralta H,3 1 1-3 1 0 0 1 2
Brice 1 1 0 0 0 1
A.Ramos pitched to 1 batter in the 7th
HBP—by Vargas (Votto).
Umpires—Home, Jerry Meals; First, Gabe Morales; Second, Ed Hickox; Third, Ron Kulpa.
T—2:56. A—14,804 (42,319).