Mets undercut 1st-inning rally by batting out of order

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Cincinnati Reds trade for New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey

Bruce is 0-for-1.

It started with a miscommunication.

In the third inning, the Mets hit properly, with Cabrera following Brandon Nimmo in the lineup hitting second and Flores hitting third...and Cabrera drove in Nimmo with a ground out. However, the lineup sent out by computer pregame and posted on the dugout wall incorrectly had the two hitters switched in the order.

Flores batted out of turn and struck out for the second out. Cabrera's double stood within the document books and Bruce was formally put out by the catcher, unassisted (in the event you're scoring at house). At that point Reds manager Jim Riggleman walks out to alert the umps of the Mets' mistake.

Had Meals ever seen that before? "It's been a long time, 32 years".

Teams bat out of turn with alarming regularity.

The lineup card the Mets released publicly matched the one they were following in the first inning.

Not only is the Mets lineup struggling to produce, but now the manager and his coaching staff can't get the batting order right. Wheeler had to wait until the umpires sorted out the batting-out-of-order situation to throw his first pitch. However, you and I know that the lineup's problem isn't where guys are hitting, it's who is hitting. or, I should say, who isn't hitting.

Harvey had a breakout season in 2013, being selected to play in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco started for the Mets and went 0 for 4, a day after the Reds dealt him to NY for pitcher Matt Harvey.

Orioles 5, Royals 3 • Mark Trumbo delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning as host Baltimore ended a seven-game losing streak.

The Reds' Twitter account had some fun at their opponent's expense. The move came just days after Harvey was designated for assignment by the Mets after he refused an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on his pitching issues.

Eugenio Suarez drove in four runs as Cincinnati pulled away to a 7-2 victory Tuesday night, one that started with a stunning trade. If he doesn't, then his career will continue to go nowhere. He pinch hit in the 10th and grounded out.

Harvey will join the Reds later this week in Los Angeles.

The Reds, who entered Wednesday's game with the National League's worst record at 9-27, took two of three from NY to win their first series of the season.

Mesoraco, 29, is hitting.220 this season with a home run and three RBIs.

The Mets are 18-17 and have lost eight of their last nine games.

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