CINCINNATI - Jay Bruce's three-run, walk-off home run snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Reds to a dramatic 3-0 victory over the Mets in the opening game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.
With the game scoreless entering the bottom of the ninth, Manny Acosta walked Brandon Phillips, and Ryan Ludwick singled. Josh Edgin replaced Acosta, and Bruce launched his 1-2 pitch into the left-center field seats.
Bruce's bomb came after the Reds had gone 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base through the first eight innings.
With the victory, the Reds improved to 20-8 since injured first baseman Joey Votto left the lineup on July 16. Votto was placed on the disabled list a day later and has yet to return.
Both teams missed scoring chances early in the game, leaving a combined 13 runners on base through four innings.
Reds right-hander Mat Latos, who was 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his previous nine starts, pitched seven scoreless innings and needed just 13 pitches to get through the first inning, displaying a sharp breaking ball early on.
The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs in the second and did not score. Reds right fielder Bruce led off the inning with his 28th double but was left stranded.
Ruben Tejada doubled with one out in the third for New York, but was left standing on third base when Latos fanned David Wright for a second straight time.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart led off the third with a double before Mets starter Chris Young retired Ludwick and Bruce on fly balls to end the inning.
New York had the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth, but Reds second baseman Phillips made a leaping grab of Young's line drive to keep the game scoreless.
Wright made a bid for his 17th home run in the fifth, but Bruce made the catch a step in front of the right field wall. First baseman Todd Frazier's diving stop of Ike Davis' hard grounder ended the inning.
NOTES: On Tuesday the Mets acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later, after placing a waiver claim on the eight-year veteran. Shoppach, 32, batted .250 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games this season for Boston ... Entering the three-game series in Cincinnati, Wright had a .352 road batting average, third-best in the Major Leagues ... Reds right-hander Nick Masset is expected to make his sixth rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday at Charlotte. Masset began the season on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder.