Cincinnati Reds defeat New York Mets, 3-1

The Mets are lucky they have a day off Thursday to clear their heads before the first-place Braves arrive in Flushing because their first series of the week against a division leader ended with a thud Wednesday night in a mostly uninspired 3-1 loss to the Reds.

Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo continued his mastery of the Mets, allowing one run and seven hits in eight innings, and Jon Niese made several crucial mistakes, including one on the basepaths, that marred another so...