Chris Bassitt had eight hits in eight innings and Starling Marte hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the New York Mets to a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
With their 13th win in 15 games, the Mets extended their lead in the NL East to seven games over the Atlanta Braves. New York won four of five against the World Series champions last weekend at Citi Field.
Bassitt (9-7) allowed one unearned run and walked, striking out eight in his second eight-inning outing this season and fifth in 114 career starts. He threw 114 pitches, the most by a Mets starter this year and was close to the career high he set in August 2019.
Justin Dunn (0-1), who last pitched in the majors on June 17, 2021, allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.
For the Reds, Colombian Donovan Solano 4-1. The Dominican Aristides Aquino 4-1. Cuban Jose Barrero 4-2.
For the Mets, the Dominican Marte 4-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor 3-0 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar 3-0.