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CINCINNATI - Ike Davis and Jason Bay homered, and Matt Harvey pitched a career-high 7 2/3 innings as the New York Mets avoided a sweep with an 8-4 victory over the Reds in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Thursday.

The win snapped the Mets' five-game losing streak to Cincinnati, and halted the Reds' five-game winning streak.

Harvey (2-3) retired the first 12 batters he faced, finishing with one earned run allowed on four hits. He walked one and struck out eight.

Davis' 21st home run off Reds starter Homer Bailey, which traveled 421 feet into the right field stands, put the Mets ahead 1-0 in the fourth. Davis added a RBI double in the ninth. Bay hit a solo home run in the sixth.

Bailey (10-8) allowed six runs, four earned, and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Bailey has allowed 18 earned runs in his past four starts. He went 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA in five prior starts.

The Mets had runners on first and second with nobody out in the second, but Bailey struck out three straight batters to end the threat. He fanned six through three innings.

Harvey, making just his fifth career start, needed just 44 pitches to get through four innings.

Harvey also contributed with the bat, lacing a two-run double to center in the fourth to put the Mets ahead 3-0, the first two RBIs of Harvey's career.

Harvey did not allow a hit until Scott Rolen's soft single to right with two outs in the fifth.

The Mets made 6-0 with a three-run sixth inning. Bay hit a solo homer, Ruben Tejada added an RBI double, and Mike Baxter had a run-scoring single.

NOTES: The New York Mets announced Thursday that right hander Pedro Beato has been sent to the Red Sox to complete the waiver acquisition of catcher Kelly Shoppach. Beato had a 10.38 ERA in 4 1/3 innings over seven games for the Mets before being optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on July 24. ... The Mets are 1-8-1 in 10 series since the All Star break. The Mets' last road series victory was taking three of four from the Giants July 30-August 2 at AT&T Park. ... Reds right hander Nick Masset made his sixth rehab outing on Wednesday. Starting for Triple-A Louisville, Masset allowed one earned run and two hits, walked none and struck out four in two innings. Masset began the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. There is no timetable yet for his return. ... Reds right-hander Sam LeCure, who hasn't pitched since Saturday due to a sore shoulder, felt good after his bullpen session on Wednesday. But Reds manager Dusty Baker said LeCure would not be available Thursday.
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