The Mets got about everything they could have wanted from lefthander Jon Niese in his season debut on Sunday. But the same could not be said about their offense.
With a chance to finish their first homestand of the season with an even record, the Mets' bats were a collective no-show in a 2-1 loss to the Reds.
A third straight Mets victory would have provided an uplifting capper to the Mets' first week, considering that they opened the season by getting swept by the Nationals. And Niese did his part, allowing only two runs in 52/3 innings after coming off the disabled list.
But the Mets offense provided very little support against Reds righthander Alfredo Simon (seven innings) and reliever Manny Parra. The Mets had only four hits, including two by Ike Davis, and only one hit in the final 62/3 innings.
A day after the Mets won in dramatic walk-off fashion thanks to Davis' pinch-hit grand slam, there was no repeat of their ninth-inning magic.
The Mets went down in order as the lefthanded-throwing Parra struck out David Wright, Curtis Granderson grounded to second and Davis struck out to end the game in much more quiet fashion than he did on Saturday.