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Mets return home to face Reds

Jun 26, 2015 - 2:26 PM ( - The New York Mets are probably glad to be back at Citi Field after an unsuccessful road trip and will start a three-game series Friday versus the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets went 1-7 on their recent trek and halted a seven-game slide with Thursday's 2-0 win over Milwaukee behind Jacob deGrom's eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball. He struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk.

"He's got tremendous stuff and he knows how to use it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "His last six or seven starts have been outstanding. He's the guy we saw last year. He's legit. He's not going through any sophomore slump."

Jeurys Familia threw a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Wilmer Flores had an RBI double in the sixth inning and Lucas Duda added a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Mets.

New York will also host the Chicago Cubs on this homestand and sits 3 1/2 games off the lead in the NL East.

Noah Syndergaard draws the start for the Mets and is 0-2 in his last four appearances. He has posted back-to-back no-decisions and gave up four runs (3 earned) in four innings of a 6-4 loss at Atlanta on Saturday.

Syndergaard is 2-4 with a 4.03 earned run average in eight starts and will face Cincinnati for the first time. The rookie right-hander has a 2-1 mark and a 2.13 ERA in four starts at Citi Field.

The Reds are coming off a series win at Pittsburgh and took Thursday's rubber match by a 5-4 score in 13 innings. Brandon Phillips led off the 13th inning with a home run and finished 3-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored.

"It was great. There were opportunities by both teams to put that one to bed and neither one could take advantage," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

The game was delayed 56 minutes because of rain and ended around 12:45 a.m. ET.

Todd Frazier finished with three hits, including his 24th home run, and three RBI for the Reds, winners in six of the past eight games. Anthony DeSclafani was touched for four runs (1 earned) in six innings and Pedro Villarreal picked up the win with two innings of relief.

Cincinnati will send Johnny Cueto to the mound Friday and the veteran right- hander took some time off to rest his elbow. Cueto last toed the rubber in an 8-4 win over Detroit on June 17 and gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings for his second straight no-decision.

Cincinnati has won each of Cueto's last three starts and he is 1-0 in that time. Cueto owns a 4-4 mark and a 2.98 earned run average in 13 starts this season and will face the Mets for an 11th time in his career. He is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA over the first 10 starts in this series.

The Reds went 2-4 against the Mets last season and the two clubs will meet again for four games at Cincinnati in late September.