NEW YORK — The Reds had the National League’s best record in July and they were third-best in the Major Leagues at 16-10. To improve their hopes of reaching the playoffs, they may have to play even better in August.
Sunday’s 7-1 victory over the Mets started the new month on a high note for the Reds. It gave them two of three games and their first series win at Citi Field since 2013. The victory was also the perfect elixir to purge the frustration from letting Saturday’s game get away in extra innings.
“It’s pretty impressive what our entire team continues to do after we take a tough loss,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Our players have been doing this all year, where they just bounce back and come out the next day and go out and win the game. It’s not always easy to do that, and it says so much about the players on this team.”
Back to a season-high-tying six games over .500 at 56-50, Cincinnati has won five of its last six games and seven of its last 10. The Reds have also won their last three series after opening the second half by losing five of their first six games.
“Even though we stay focused on today, we know what we’re playing for. As we move deeper in the year, they become more and more important,” Bell said. “We know we have a long…