NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets let Daniel Murphy go in free agency this offseason after his power surge last fall propelled them to the World Series.
Turns out, the guy they got to replace Murphy at second base can homer in bunches, too.
Neil Walker hit his ninth home run to tie for the major league lead, Matt Harvey won his second straight start and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 to stretch their winning streak to six.
Walker’s third-inning homer off Jon Moscot (0-2) extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and tied the team record for home runs in April. Walker has three homers in his past five games and six in his past nine.
”Sometimes you go through stretches where you’re seeing the ball well,” Walker said. ”In this case I’m seeing the ball well and I’m barreling balls up but they’re not singles. They’re turning into balls in the seats, so it’s obviously been a good April so far.”
Harvey (2-3) won his second consecutive start after losing his first three. He overcame a first-inning home run by Zack Cozart and gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. Mixing a changeup with a fastball that reached 97 mph, Harvey struck out a season-high seven and walked one.
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/walker-s-9th-hr-helps-mets-beat-reds-5-2-to-win-6th-straight-042816
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