NEW YORK (AP) — About 200 of Sal Romano’s friends and family members drove two-plus hours to see him Tuesday night. A 1-hour Jurickson Profar Jersey , 40-minute rain delay wasn’t going to deter that group from enjoying the right-hander’s homecoming start.Romano won in New York for the first time as a big leaguer Tuesday night, pitching into the seventh inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Mets 6-1 in a game delayed by a thunderstorm in the first inning.Romano (7-9) was born in Syosset on nearby Long Island and grew up in Southington, Connecticut. He allowed a run, two hits and three walks while striking out five over six-plus innings to help the Reds snap a three-game skid.“I was glad I was able to get a win for them,” Romano said of his fan section.The 24-year-old right-hander took the mound two hours later than anticipated but with a 3-0 lead thanks to a Reds rally that bookended the delay. Mets starter Jason Vargas allowed hits to three of the four batters he faced, including Scooter Gennett, who laced an RBI single to give Cincinnati the lead shortly before players were waved off the field at 7:20 PM — just nine minutes after first pitch.Crew chief Kerwin Danley said the storm arrived much faster than predicted and the umpires were aggressive in starting the game because it was the last series of the season between the Mets and Reds.“When you get a forecast like that, where it looked like it could have missed us, you don’t want to delay the start of a game when it’s not raining,” Danley told a pool reporter.Once play resumed, Phillip Ervin lofted a sacrifice fly off Paul Sewald, and Tucker Barnhart delivered a run-scoring single.That was more than enough for Romano, who conducted a second, shorter warm-up prior to the resumption. He gave up both hits in the second, when Brandon Nimmo doubled with two outs and scored on Jose Bautista’s single.Romano didn’t factor into the decision in his first start in New York against the Mets last season. He left after walking the first two batters of the seventh Tuesday and received a warm ovation from his traveling crew wearing Reds gear behind the visiting dugout. He said he had a couple hundred supporters in the stands http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-delino-deshields-jersey , and he greeted about 60 friends and family members in the tunnel outside Cincinnati clubhouse after the game.“It’s always nice to look up and you see all that red there, knowing they’re all here for me,” Romano said. “It’s really, really nice to have the support that I do back home. For all them to come down and travel like that and pitch a good ballgame for them, get a win, it’s a pretty good feeling.”Ervin hit a two-run homer in the third, and former Mets prospect Dilson Herrera led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer as the Reds scored more than four runs for just the second time in the last nine games.“We’ve struggled a little with the bat lately, we’re due to come out of it,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.Vargas (2-8) took the loss after allowing three runs and three hits while recording one out. The left-hander, who has spent time on the disabled list this season due to hand and calf injuries, has lasted five innings or fewer in all 12 of his starts.“It’s tough for him right now,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “He just can’t get in a routine. We haven’t been able to get him out there every five days. Think we’re about to and then this happens.”Nimmo had two hits for the Mets, who have lost eight of 11.A SCARE, AND A NOT-SO-SWEET SHORT STARTShortly before the game was delayed, one rumble of thunder was so loud that Mets shortstop Amed Rosario ducked before darting toward the third base line.The rain made Vargas’ 240th big league start his shortest. Prior to Tuesday Joey Gallo Jersey , Vargas’ briefest start was a one-inning outing for the Marlins on Oct. 1, 2005. He is the first Mets starter to record one out or fewer since Jonathon Niese got one out against the Cardinals before exiting due to a knee injury on Aug. 23, 2016.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: 1B Joey Votto (right knee) and OF Preston Tucker (toe) did not play. Votto, who was hit by a pitch by the Nationals’ Ryan Madson, sat for the second time in three games and just the ninth time since the start of the 2015 season. Riggleman said a disabled list stint is a possibility for Tucker, who was hit by Noah Syndergaard on Monday.Mets: OF Jay Bruce (right hip), who has been on the disabled list since June 19, is participating in baseball activities and getting closer to a rehab assignment. … LHP Steven Matz (flexor pronator strain) threw 15 pitches Monday but will miss at least one more start.UP NEXTReds: RHP Robert Stephenson (season debut) earned a promotion by going 11-6 with a 2.87 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 113 innings at Triple-A Louisville.Mets: Hard-luck major league ERA leader RHP Jacob deGrom (5-7, 1.85 ERA) will look to win for the first time since June 18. DeGrom is 0-5 in his last seven starts despite a 2.47 ERA. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even with a little extra help, which was ruled illegal, the Phillies couldn’t stop the Cubs offense.Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings, Javier Baez notched his NL-leading 99th RBI and star third baseman Kris Bryant doubled and had two hits in his return from the disabled list to lead Chicago past Philadelphia 7-1 on Saturday night.Ian Happ homered and Baez had three hits for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who have won nine of 11. Chicago is ahead of St. Louis by 4 ½ games.“You look at the whole of the game, I thought we played really well,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Some good at-bats http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-nomar-mazara-jersey , some clutch moments. Up and down, I was really pleased.”Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was not happy, particularly when veteran umpire Joe West confiscated an information card from reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning.Kapler said Davis was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.“I told him we don’t allow him to carry anything on their glove, person or clothing except in some cases where there’s a rain situation we allow them to put a rosin bag in their pocket,” West, umpiring his 41st season, said. “Other than that they can’t have anything on the pitcher.”The card didn’t appear to help though, as Bryant singled to right on the first pitch after Davis consulted it. West then took it prior to Davis striking out pinch-hitter Addison Russell.“I think it’s actually a really good thing for baseball,” Kapler said. “I don’t really quite understand this one.”Bryant had been sidelined since July 23 with left shoulder inflammation. The 2016 NL MVP doubled and scored in the third in addition to singling in the eighth.Hendricks (11-10) allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.“Kyle was outstanding,” Maddon said. “When they started getting something going, Kyle didn’t change. The game did not speed up on him.”Nick Williams had two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who fell three games back of Atlanta in the NL East.The Cubs Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , helped by another Phillies error, scored a pair of runs in the first off Zach Eflin (9-6). Daniel Murphy led off with a double and reached on shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera’s throwing error on Baez’s infield single. Baez scored on Ben Zobrist’s opposite-field double. It was the 104th error by Philadelphia, which entered second in the majors to St. Louis (105).Chicago tacked on two more runs in the third to go up 4-0 on Kyle Swarber’s two-out triple off the wall in left-center.The Phillies got a run back in the fourth on Williams’ RBI single before Happ’s one-out solo shot to right made it a four-run game again.Davis committed the Phillies’ 105th error, a throwing miscue that led to two unearned runs in the ninth.GRAY AREAWest called the league office after the game and admitted the use of the card may be in a gray area.“I didn’t want to throw him out,” West said. “I know it’s foreign but he’s not trying to cheat. Maybe he’s trying to get an advantage because he’s reading the scouting report, but it wasn’t pine tar, it wasn’t an emery board, it wasn’t whatever.“In the long run, maybe they’ll let him (have the card). Right now, my hands are tied until they say yes or now. Right now, until the office says it’s OK to carry this, he can’t do it.”SLUMPING EFLINEflin gave up four runs – three earned – on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings. The right-hander continued to struggle since being demoted to Triple-A following his Aug. 10 start at San Diego, dropping to 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA while allowing 32 hits in 20 1/3 innings. The move was made not due to performance, but to allow the Phillies to add a bat.However, neither Kapler nor Eflin attributed his recent struggles to the roster move.“I don’t think there’s any correlation there http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-jason-grilli-jersey ,” Kapler said.STREAK SNAPPEDPhiladelphia’s Roman Quinn grounded out pinch-hitting in the fifth, snapping a nine-game hitting streak. Quinn still is batting .405 with two doubles, three triples, a homer and five RBIs over his last 10 contests.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Russell, out since Aug. 20 with a left middle finger sprain, was activated from the DL. He struck out in the eighth.Phillies: RHP Edubray Ramos, Davis and INF/OF Pedro Florimon all were activated from the DL.UP NEXTPhillies RHP Aaron Nola (15-3, 2.10) was bumped up from his scheduled start on Monday to face Cubs LHP Jon Lester (14-5, 3.67) in a marquee pitching matchup to wrap up the three-game series on Sunday.