Jonathan India’s tie-breaking home run sends Reds over Mets

Jonathan India snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer Friday night for the visiting Cincinnati Reds, who earned a pivotal 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.The Reds have won four of five. Cincinnati (77-72) began Friday in a virtual three-way tie for the last National League wild card berth with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.Spencer Steer also hit a two-run homer for the Reds, while Noelvi Marte had three hits and scored on a wild pitch.Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer for the Mets (68-79), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. DJ Stewart had a pair of singles.Lucas Sims (6-3), the first of three Reds relievers, got the final out of the sixth. Alexis Diaz notched his 37th save with 1 2/3 perfect innings.Grant Hartwig (4-2) took the loss.The Reds opened the scoring in the fifth. Marte led off with a single and advanced to third when third baseman Ronny Mauricio misplayed Harrison Bader’s one-out grounder. Marte then scored on a wild pitch by starter David Peterson.