CINCINNATI -- Shin-Soo Choo's single off the wall in the 10th inning drove home with the winning run, lifting the Reds to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night and helping Cincinnati clinch a playoff berth.
Cincinnati (90-67) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (90-67) are both guaranteed at least wild-card bids thanks to the Washington Nationals losing 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds and Pirates remain tied for second place in the National League Central, two games behind the Cardinals.
In the 10th inning, Devin Mesoraco singled with one out and reached third on Derrick Robinson's single. Choo launched Sean Henn's pitch off the wall in left-center to win it.
Manny Parra (2-3) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Greg Burke (0-3) took the loss after retiring just one of the three batters he faced.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings. He walked three and struck out five over 99 pitches.
Mets starter Aaron Harang allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings. Harang, who was 3-0 against his former team in three previous starts, issued a season-high six walks while striking out just one.
Cueto, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, retired nine straight before Lucas Duda launched a 1-0 pitch for a solo home run, tying the score 2-2 with two outs in the sixth. The homer was Duda's 15th of the season.
The Mets (71-85) had the go-ahead run at second base with one out in the 10th, but pinch hitter Wilfredo Tovar lined into a 4-6 double play.
Choo's RBI single in the second inning drove home Todd Frazier from third, putting the Reds ahead 1-0. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Harang walked Joey Votto to force home the second run.
Harang reached base on Frazier's throwing error to begin the third inning, and he eventually scored on Duda's sacrifice fly, cutting Cincinnati's lead to 2-1.
NOTES: Choo was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore left thumb. He was injured while sliding headfirst to beat out an infield hit in Friday's game. ... Harang, who spent eight seasons with the Reds, has 38 career wins at Great American Ball Park, second most in the ballpark's history behind RHP Bronson Arroyo's 52. ... Cincinnati clinched its third postseason berth in the past four seasons, a four-year stretch of success bested in franchise history only by the Big Red Machine clubs of the 1970s that made the playoffs six times from 1970-79. ... Mets GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Matt Harvey, on the disabled list since Sept. 11 with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, could pitch in the Arizona Fall League as part of his rehab. Harvey is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery that would cause him to miss the 2014 season.