Mets play spoiler, put away Reds 8-4

Jose Quintana pitched 6 2/3 effective innings, Francisco Alvarez hit a two-run double and Daniel Vogelbach added a late bases-clearing double as the host New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Sunday.Mark Vientos had three hits and an RBI for New York (69-80), which salvaged the finale of the three-game series.The Mets are all but mathematically eliminated from the NL wild-card chase, but they played spoiler. Cincinnati (78-73) began the day tied for the NL’s third wild-card spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Chicago Cubs were one-half game ahead of those teams and the Miami Marlins one-half game behind them.Nick Senzel and Christian Encarnacion-Strand each homered and had two hits for the Reds, who had won five of their previous six games.Francisco Lindor had a hit, two walks and two runs, and Brandon Nimmo, Ronny Mauricio and Tim Locastro had two hits apiece for the Mets, who had 13 overall to the Reds’ nine.Quintana (3-5) gave up eight hits and one walk in his eighth quality start of the season. The left-hander struck out two. He left with two outs and two on in the seventh and New York leading 4-2, but Drew Smith got pinch hitter TJ Friedl to fly out to end the threat.In his second start back from the COVID injured list, Reds rookie left-hander Brandon Williamson (4-5) again went only four innings. He surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk and lost his third straight decision. He struck out two.