Marte and Bassitt's home runs help the Mets extend their advantage in the NL East.

Monday's first-inning two-run home hit by Starling Marte for THE NEW YORK

helped the New York Mets defeat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1. Chris Bassitt allowed eight hits over the course of eight innings.

The Mets increased their advantage against dormant Atlanta in the NL East to seven games with their 13th victory in 15 games.

Bassitt (9-7) only gave up one unearned run while striking out eight hitters. He missed his career high by two pitches,

which he had set in August 2019, and threw 114 pitches, the most by a Mets starter this season.

Former Mets prospect Justin Dunn began for the Reds and lasted four and a third innings while giving up three runs and five hits. 

He hadn't made a major league start since June of 2021. Tyler Naquin, a former Reds outfielder, contributed with a two-run triple in the eighth.

Daniel Vogelbach also added an RBI single in the fourth. Naquin was traded for from Cincinnati on July 28.