Daisuke Matsuzaka might not have been such a bad addition for the Mets after all.

The veteran right-hander was an unmitigated disaster in his first three starts for the team nearly earning him a pink slip but for the past three weeks has been as consistent as any member of the Mets’ rotation.

On Wednesday he fired a four-hitter over 7 2/3 shutout innings leading the Mets’ 1-0 victory the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Mets (73-85) finished with two victories in three games against the playoff-bound Reds and are headed home to complete their season with a four-game series against the Brewers.
Eric Young Jr.’s RBI single in the third against Mat Latos accounted for the game’s only run.

Matsuzaka (3-3) struck out six and walked two before Pedro Feliciano retired Joey Votto for the final out of the eighth with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. LaTroy Hawkins worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 16 chances.

Matsuzaka — who could see action Sunday if Jon Niese gets scratched from his scheduled start — has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past four starts and is 3-0 over that stretch.