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CINCINNATI — The Mets homered five times, scored in every inning except one, and had a lot of fun waving their towels in celebration. Nights like this one haven’t come along very often.

Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs on Friday night, powering New York to its third straight victory, 14-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets hit five homers for the first time since 2006. Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera had solo shots, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth. New York scored in every inning except the third, getting a season-high in runs and tying its season high with 18 hits.

“I’ve been keeping things simple and having fun with the guys,” said d’Arnaud, whose 13 homers are a club record for a rookie catcher. “It feels like everybody’s hitting the ball hard, especially tonight.”

New York has won three in a row for the first time since the All-Star break.

Bartolo Colon (13-11) gave up two runs and seven hits, including Devin Mesoraco’s solo homer, in seven innings. He walked one, the 26th time in 27 starts this season that he has walked two or fewer.

He pitched seven solid innings on a muggy, 90-degree night despite suffering from a cold. “If he would have felt good, he would have gone nine,” Manager Terry Collins said.

Granderson ended an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the first inning off Alfredo Simon (13-10), who has only one victory since he was picked for the All-Star game. Simon is 1-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 10 starts since then.

Cincinnati changed colors, wearing green caps and trim as part of an Irish Heritage Night promotion. The result was the familiar: A sixth loss in seven games. Cincinnati is 15-31 since the All-Star break and has fallen a season-low nine games under .500.

“Nobody wants to be embarrassed like that,” Reds Manager Bryan Price said. “We know we have an extremely poor record since the All-Star break. It can get worse, or it can get better. Nobody wants to sit through this for the last three weeks of the season.”

The Reds have lost 42 consecutive games in which they’ve allowed at least six runs, tying the club record. They did it twice previously, in 1901-02 and 1910-11.

New York took control in the fourth. Simon intentionally walked Duda to face d’Arnaud, who hit a three-run homer on the first pitch. He leads NL rookies in homers with 13. His four RBIs were a career high.

Granderson connected for his three-run shot in the sixth off Ryan Dennick, making it 10-2. Duda hit his 27th homer in the ninth off Daniel Corcino.

David Wright tied his career high with four hits, including an RBI double.

(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)

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