Schrock 5 hits, homers filling in for Votto, Reds beat Mets

New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido and Cincinnati Reds Eugenio Suarez

New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido, left, tags out Cincinnati Reds Eugenio Suarez (7) at home after a hit by Tyler Naquin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

NEW YORK — Rookie Max Schrock went 5 for 5 with a home run while giving All-Star Joey Votto a break, leading fellow newcomer Vladimir Gutierrez and the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 7-1.

Making his first major league start at first base, the 26-year-old Schrock filled in admirably for the Reds star. Schrock scored three runs and drove in two.

Votto got a rest from manager David Bell a day after his seven-game home run streak came to an end.

Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer each drove in runs for the Reds, who matched a season high by moving six games over .500.

Gutierrez allowed three hits in seven innings. Jeff McNeil homered for the NL East leaders.

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