WHAT IT MEANS: Matt Harvey, who once every five days gives Mets fans a reason to cheer, is not invincible. He remains unbeaten, though.
Ike Davis, meanwhile, continues to draw the ire of Mets fans.
Rick Ankiel’s third extra-base hit of the game -- a run-scoring triple in the seventh -- knocked out Mat Latos, pulled the Mets even at 4 and got Harvey off the hook for his first loss since last Sept. 12.
The Cincinnati Reds nonetheless ultimately completed their second straight three-game sweep at Citi Field with a 7-4 win on Wednesday afternoon.Seth Wenig/Associated Press
Matt Harvey ended up with a no-decision, not his first 2013 loss.
Bobby Parnell, who had not allowed a run in May while posting three wins and four saves, surrendered three ninth-inning runs.
With runners on the corners and one out, Brandon Phillips sent a go-ahead RBI double down the first-base. Davis let the ball go by, thinking it was foul, but first-base ump Phil Cuzzi disagreed as Cincinnati took a 5-4 lead. (Davis should have just fielded the ball and let Cuzzi make the call. He would not have had a play at the plate, but would have gotten an out at first.) Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single.
It was Davis’ second questionable play at first base in the series. He also had a crushing obstruction call against him in the series opener when he watched a ball behind him.
The Mets (17-27) fell 10 games under .500 this early in a season for the first time since they were 16-26 on May 19, 2001.
Harvey was charged with four runs and nine hits -- both season highs -- in 6 1/3 innings. His ERA rose to 1.93, although he remained 5-0. Harvey threw 116 pitches, the second-highest total of his career.
He next pitches with an extra day of rest Tuesday at Citi Field against the Yankees, likely against Hiroki Kuroda.
Harvey surrendered a two-run homer to reigning NL Player of the Week Joey Votto in the third inning as Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead. The Mets managed to even the score in the fifth on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly, which plated Ruben Tejada, who had doubled.
With his pitch count rising in a tie game in the seventh, Harvey showed rare mortality. He allowed consecutive one-out singles to Zack Cozart, Votto and Phillips and departed with runners on the corners and the Mets trailing, 3-2. Scott Rice entered for his MLB-high 27th appearance and coaxed a tapper to first base from lefty-hitting Jay Bruce. Votto comfortably scored for the fourth run charged to Harvey and a 4-2 deficit.
Cozart went 4-for-4 against Harvey. No player had more than two hits in a game against Harvey in his previous 19 career major league starts.
Murphy’s single in the seventh against Latos scored Tejada and pulled the Mets within 4-3, setting up Ankiel’s game-tying triple. It was Ankiel’s fourth career three extra-base-hit game. The others came with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 and ’09.
IKE WATCH: Davis went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout and is now 1-for-his-last-38 (.026).
With Lucas Duda on second base, the score tied at 2 and two outs in the sixth, Davis flied out to the track in center field. He is now hitless in his last 25 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
In the eighth, Davis walked with one out to push the potential go-ahead run to second base.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets take a day off, then welcome the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves to Citi Field. Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 5.00 ERA) opposes right-hander Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.02) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.