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Nimmo, Lindor Homer as First-place Mets Beat Reds 7-4

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
New York Mets' Francisco Lindor hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
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Cincinnati (AP) -- Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor homered, helping the New York Mets beat the lowly Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Monday night.

Taijuan Walker (7-2) struck out nine in six innings as NL East-leading New York earned its second straight win after a stretch of four losses in five games. The Mets improved to 50-30, and ace right-hander Max Scherzer returns Tuesday night after being sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle.