Reds 7, Mets 4

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NEW YORK -- A quirky double by Brandon Phillips broke a ninth-inning tie on Wednesday afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds added two runs to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 7-4 win in front of an announced crowd of 30,415.

With one out and runners at the corners, Phillips stepped to the plate against Bobby Parnell (4-1) and hit a slow grounder up the first-base line. The ball kicked up chalk before Ike Davis crouched to make the play, but Davis appeared to think the ball was foul and didn't lift his glove up as the ball bounced over it and into shallow foul territory.

Shin-Soo Choo, who led off the inning off with a double, scored easily. After an intentional walk to Jay Bruce, pinch-hitter Todd Frazier lofted a two-run single into short center field for the final margin.

Alfredo Simon (4-1) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth and Aroldis Chapman posted his 10th save with a one-hit ninth.

The Reds (29-18) have won nine of their last 11 games and the Mets (17-27) have lost six in a row at home and seven of nine games at Citi Field this month.

Zach Cozart had a career-high four hits for the Reds, including two doubles, and scored twice. Joey Votto went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Votto is hitting .512 (22 for 43) with three homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored during the streak.

Phillips finished with two RBI. His single, which was just fair down the third base line in the seventh, gave the Reds a 3-2 lead and chased Matt Harvey.

For the Mets, Rick Ankiel went 3 for 4 with three extra-base hits and two RBI. His RBI double in the first gave the Mets their first lead of the series and his RBI triple in the seventh tied the score at 4. The three extra-base hits equaled a career high, set three previous times while Ankiel was with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Ruben Tejada scored twice.

The fielding gaffe was the latest chapter in an awful season for Davis, who went 0 for 2 with two walks and is 1 for 38 in his last 10 games.

The duel of young aces Harvey and Mat Latos didn't quite match the anticipation, but both pitchers remained unbeaten after escaping with no-decisions.

Harvey, who was in line to take the loss before the Mets' seventh-inning comeback, gave up a season-high four runs and nine hits while walking three and striking out six in 6 1/3 innings.

Latos squandered the 4-2 lead in the seventh and allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings.

The Mets needed just five pitches to take a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to back-to-back doubles by Murphy and Ankiel. The Reds claimed the lead in the third when Cozart doubled and scored on Votto's two-run homer to left.

Murphy's sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Tejada, who had doubled and gone to third on Harvey's bunt. The teams then traded two-run innings in the seventh. For the Mets, it was just the third time in nine home games this month that they've scored multiple times in an inning.

NOTES: Right-handed pitcher Zach Wheeler, the Mets' top prospect, allowed three runs in five innings in his start on Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas. Wheeler missed his last start because of mild shoulder inflammation. ... Rice has appeared in 27 of the Mets' first 44 games, which puts him on pace to pitch in 100 games. That would be the second most all time behind Mike Marshall, who worked 104 games for the Dodgers in 1974. ... Votto's 11-game hitting streak is his second streak of at least 10 games this season. ... Phillips' go-ahead single extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. ... Cozart has collected three hits in a game 11 times, including April 13 and April 17 of this year.
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