CINCINNATI — Michael Conforto homered to cap a four-run first inning and the New York Mets gave their faint playoff hopes a boost with a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo also connected for the Mets, who were 4 ½ games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card berth going into the day.

New York starter Marcus Stroman walked the bases loaded with two outs and a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Brad Brach (5-4) came on to get Eugenio Suárez to pop up on the first pitch. Suárez, second in the majors behind Mets rookie Pete Alonso with 48 home runs, slammed his black bat to the ground in frustration.

Alonso went 1 for 4 with a double to remain at 50 home runs. He was intentionally walked in the ninth, drawing a scattering of boos from Mets fans.

Alonso and Robinson Canó doubled in the first inning off Trevor Bauer. Wilson Ramos was hit by a pitch and Conforto launched a three-run homer, his 31st.

Eight of New York's nine hits went for extra bases.

The Reds scored in the first on Aristides Aquino's sacrifice fly, the first of 13 consecutive batters Stroman retired before Kyle Farmer hit his ninth homer, a two-out solo shot in the fifth.

Stroman allowed three hits and two runs with three walks and two strikeouts while lasting 4 2/3 innings, one out short of qualifying for the win.

Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless seventh, Seth Lugo gave up Tucker Barnhart's 10thhomer leading off the eighth and Justin Wilson pitched the ninth for his fourth save after getting the loss on Saturday.

Bauer (11-13), in his 10th start since being acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline, didn't walk anybody, but he hit two batters in seven innings. He gave up six hits and five runs with eight strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Ramos was hit on the upper left arm with a pitch in the first inning. After being checked out by a trainer, the catcher stayed in the game. Bauer also hit Canó in the left foot with a pitch in the third. Canó left the game after the top of the fourth. X-rays on his big toe were negative.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (10-9) starts at home Monday vs. Miami. He will try to bounce back from allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings in a 9-4 loss at Colorado last Monday.

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (11-7) starts Tuesday at home vs. Milwaukee. His first strikeout will be his 200th of the season, extending his career high.

METS 6, REDS 3

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Nimmo cf-lf 5 1 1 1 0 0 .219

McNeil lf-2b 5 0 1 0 0 0 .317

Alonso 1b 4 1 1 0 1 2 .264

Canó 2b 1 1 1 1 0 0 .261

J.Davis lf 2 1 1 1 0 0 .302

Lagares cf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .212

Ramos c 3 1 1 0 0 1 .290

1-Haggerty pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Nido c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208

Conforto rf 3 1 2 3 1 1 .252

Frazier 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .244

Rosario ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .286

Stroman p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .053

Brach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

a-Lowrie ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Díaz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

Lugo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

c-Panik ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .273

Wilson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

Totals 36 6 9 6 2 9

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ervin cf 4 0 0 0 1 1 .279

Votto 1b 2 1 1 0 3 0 .267

Suárez 3b 5 0 1 0 0 2 .272

Aquino rf 3 0 0 1 0 1 .260

Barnhart c 4 1 1 1 0 1 .227

J.Iglesias ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .287

Peraza lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .237

Farmer 2b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .238

Bauer p 1 0 0 0 1 1 .143

b-Blandino ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241

Bowman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Romano p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

d-Casali ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .251

Totals 32 3 6 3 6 8

New York 400 001 001_6 9 0

Cincinnati 100 010 010_3 6 0

a-struck out for Brach in the 7th. b-walked for Bauer in the 7th. c-lined out for Lugo in the 9th. d-struck out for Romano in the 9th.

1-ran for Ramos in the 8th.

LOB_New York 7, Cincinnati 9. 2B_Alonso (30), Canó (27), Conforto (27), Ramos (19), McNeil (37). HR_Conforto (31), off Bauer; J.Davis (20), off Bauer; Nimmo (8), off Romano; Farmer (9), off Stroman; Barnhart (10), off Lugo. RBIs_Canó (38), Conforto 3 (87), J.Davis (53), Nimmo (26), Aquino (44), Farmer (26), Barnhart (37). SB_Rosario (18). SF_Aquino.

Runners left in scoring position_New York 4 (Frazier 2, McNeil, Lagares); Cincinnati 4 (Suárez, Farmer, Aquino). RISP_New York 2 for 7; Cincinnati 0 for 4.

Runners moved up_Nimmo.

New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Stroman 4 2-3 3 2 2 3 2 86 3.86

Brach, W, 1-1 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 1 20 4.15

Díaz, H, 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 22 5.69

Lugo, H, 21 1 1 1 1 0 0 13 2.81

Wilson, S, 4-5 1 0 0 0 1 2 20 2.61

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Bauer, L, 2-5 7 6 5 5 0 8 101 6.39

Bowman 1 1 0 0 1 0 16 4.13

Romano 1 2 1 1 1 1 23 9.24

Inherited runners-scored_Brach 3-0. IBB_off Bowman (Conforto), off Romano (Alonso). HBP_Bauer 2 (Ramos,Canó).

Umpires_Home, Shane Livensparger; First, Tom Hallion; Second, Mark Ripperger; Third, James Hoye.

T_3:08. A_21,335 (42,319).

Mets first. Brandon Nimmo flies out to center field to Phillip Ervin. Jeff McNeil grounds out to second base, Kyle Farmer to Joey Votto. Pete Alonso doubles to left field. Robinson Cano doubles to deep right center field. Pete Alonso scores. Wilson Ramos hit by pitch. Michael Conforto homers to right field. Wilson Ramos scores. Robinson Cano scores. Todd Frazier lines out to center field to Phillip Ervin.

4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Mets 4, Reds 0.

Reds first. Phillip Ervin flies out to right field to Michael Conforto. Joey Votto singles to right field. Eugenio Suarez singles to shallow center field. Joey Votto to third. Aristides Aquino out on a sacrifice fly to center field to Brandon Nimmo. Joey Votto scores. Tucker Barnhart strikes out swinging.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Mets 4, Reds 1.

Reds fifth. Jose Iglesias grounds out to shortstop, Amed Rosario to Pete Alonso. Jose Peraza grounds out to first base to Pete Alonso. Kyle Farmer homers to center field. Trevor Bauer walks. Phillip Ervin walks. Trevor Bauer to second. Joey Votto walks. Phillip Ervin to second. Trevor Bauer to third. Eugenio Suarez pops out to second base to Jeff McNeil.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 left on. Mets 4, Reds 2.

Mets sixth. Pete Alonso strikes out swinging. J.D. Davis homers to right field. Wilson Ramos grounds out to third base, Eugenio Suarez to Joey Votto. Michael Conforto doubles to right field. Todd Frazier flies out to center field to Phillip Ervin.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Mets 5, Reds 2.

Reds eighth. Tucker Barnhart homers to right field. Jose Iglesias grounds out to first base to Pete Alonso. Jose Peraza lines out to shallow infield to Seth Lugo. Kyle Farmer grounds out to third base, Todd Frazier to Pete Alonso.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Mets 5, Reds 3.

Mets ninth. Amed Rosario lines out to shallow infield, Sal Romano to Joey Votto. Joe Panik pinch-hitting for Seth Lugo. Joe Panik lines out to left field to Jose Peraza. Brandon Nimmo homers to right field. Jeff McNeil doubles to deep left field. Pete Alonso is intentionally walked. Juan Lagares called out on strikes.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Mets 6, Reds 3.