Cincinnati Reds defeat New York Mets, 8-6

CINCINNATI - The Mets were willing to give free agent Derek Lowe a three-year contract over the winter, but would not match the Braves' bid of four years and $60million.

So Oliver Perez returned instead.

The first start of Perez's new three-year, $36 million deal left plenty to be desired Thursday.

After retiring the Reds in order the first two innings, with four strikeouts, Perez walked Ryan Hanigan to open the third after having been just been handed a three-run le...