CINCINNATI -- Dillon Gee opened with five shutout innings before being reached for first-pitch solo home runs by Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and pinch hitter Chris Heisey in the seventh inning of a 2-1 Mets loss to the Reds in the middle game of their three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
The Mets lost a crucial review in the top of the ninth when Eric Young Jr. -- the potential tying run -- appeared to steal third with one out only to be called out when replay showed that he bounced off the bag with Cincinnati third baseman Kristopher Negron still applying the tag.
Frazier tied the score with a 428-foot shot to center field with one out in the sixth inning. Heisey gave Cincinnati the lead with his 378-foot drive into the left-field seats while hitting for pitcher Johnny Cueto with two outs in the seventh.
The Mets had won three straight games and four of their past five.
Speed bumps: Gee (6-7) hasn’t won on the road in five starts since May 4 at Colorado. He is 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 12 road starts this season.
Mr. Consistent: Gee extended to 43 his streak of consecutive games logging at least five innings. He also went 0-for-3 to extend his streak of consecutive hitless at-bats to 38.
Wasting no time: Three Mets with ongoing hitting streaks extended them in their first at-bats. Juan Lagares singled on the fourth pitch of the game to push his streak to six games. D'Arnaud led off the second with a double for a five-game streak, and Wilmer Flores also doubled in the second to reach a career-high seven games.
Course changing: Reds starter Cueto had lost his past three decisions and was 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in nine career starts against New York going into the game. He hadn’t beaten the Mets since June 17, 2012.
Up next: The Mets and Reds wrap up their season series Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to make his first career appearance against Cincinnati. Right-hander Mat Latos is due to start for the Reds (5-4, 3.46 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.