Reds top Mets, maintain grip on wild-card spot

Christian Encarnacion-Strand had two hits Saturday night, including a two-run homer, as the visiting Cincinnati Reds maintained their grip on the third and final National League wild-card spot with a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.The Reds (78-72) and Arizona Diamondbacks entered Saturday tied for the last wild-card berth. Cincinnati has the tiebreaker over Arizona by virtue of a 4-3 win in the season series.TJ Friedl had two hits and scored a run for the Reds, who have won the first two games of the three-game series and five of six overall. Daniel Duarte (3-0), the second of five Cincinnati pitchers, tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings. Derek Law worked around two ninth-inning singles to record his second save.Starter Andrew Abbott allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over 3 2/3 innings.Ronny Mauricio had two hits, including an RBI single, for the Mets (68-80), who fell to 7-7 this month. Francisco Alvarez had two hits, including a run-scoring double.Mets starter Tylor Megill gave up the three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings.