Justin Verlander, in his first victory with the New York Mets, pitched seven innings of two-hit ball against the Cincinnati Reds, helping the Mets secure a narrow 2-1 win.
Pete Alonso hit his 13th home run of the season, the highest in the major leagues, contributing to the Mets' victory.
Brandon Nimmo had three hits, including a go-ahead single in the fourth inning, as the Mets ended a four-game winning drought.
Verlander's win against the Reds made him the 21st pitcher in MLB history to have recorded at least one victory against every current team.
He joined Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Greinke as the only active pitchers with this achievement.
Verlander, who signed a lucrative two-year deal worth nearly $87 million, retired 18 of the last 19 batters he faced in his second start for the Mets since returning from an upper back muscle strain.
Hunter Greene, the Reds' right-hander, pitched well despite taking the loss. He allowed two runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and four walks over six innings.
The Mets' bullpen, consisting of Adam Ottavino and David Robertson, held the Reds scoreless in the final two innings, securing the win.
The Reds took an early lead in the first inning but were unable to generate any offense beyond that point, managing only two hits for the entire game.
Alonso's solo home run in the second inning and Nimmo's RBI single in the fourth provided the necessary offense for the Mets to claim the victory.
With the win, the Mets improved their record to 18-19, while the Reds fell to 15-21.
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