NEW YORK — Ike Davis is having a hard time with everything right now, from slow curves to soft grounders.
Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over Davis at first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets with a 7-4 victory Wednesday.
"Anytime you lose a game it's not fun — especially on a play like that," Davis said. "Everything that can go wrong right now for me is going wrong."
Joey Votto homered and Zack Cozart had a career-high four hits, all off Matt Harvey, in a game that featured a little bit of everything — including a testy exchange in the dugout between Cincinnati starter Mat Latos and teammate Jay Bruce.
With the score tied at 4 in the ninth, Shin-Soo Choo legged out a leadoff double against Bobby Parnell (4-1) and reached third on a groundout. Votto was intentionally walked before Phillips hit a cue shot toward first base.
The ball hit the baseline and bounced over Davis' glove in front of the bag. Determining he had no chance to throw out Choo at the plate or start an inning-ending double play, Davis shied away from touching the ball — thinking it would go foul. But it bounded over the bag and was called fair by umpire Phil Cuzzi.
"Instinct told me not to catch the ball," Davis said, adding he still wasn't sure if it was fair or foul even after watching replays. "It just wasn't the right play, I guess."
Choo scored the tiebreaking run and Davis was left shaking his head as Mets manager Terry Collins came out to argue.
Pinch-hitter Todd Frazier fisted a two-run single into center to make it 7-4.
Alfredo Simon (4-1) worked around Cozart's throwing error in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 10th save in 12 tries.
New York fell to 2-11 in its past 13 home games.
"I made all my pitches, hit all my spots," Parnell said. "Broken bats and little flairs. What can you do?"
It's been a frustrating season for Davis, batting .147 with nine RBIs after getting off to a miserable start last year, too.
Davis has one hit in his last 38 at-bats after going 0 for 2 with two walks Wednesday. He flied out to the center-field warning track to end the sixth, leaving him hitless in his last 25 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"I know I'm going to play better, especially hitting-wise. I can't do any worse," he said. "If my teammates weren't behind me, it'd be the worst thing in the world."
In a matchup of unbeaten young right-handers, Harvey and Latos took a 2-all duel into the seventh, when Cozart sparked a Reds rally with his fourth hit. Votto also singled and Phillips grounded an RBI single just inside third base.
That was it for Harvey, who walked off to a warm ovation from a crowd of 30,415 that included more than 8,000 area students on Weather Education Day at Citi Field.
Bruce's run-scoring groundout gave Latos a two-run lead, but he couldn't hold it. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single with two outs in the seventh and Rick Ankiel tripled high off the left-field wall to tie it.
J.J. Hoover retired David Wright on a popup to keep the score tied.
Harvey appeared headed for his first loss of the season before New York rallied. He was charged with four runs and a career-high nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, raising his ERA to 1.93. The right-hander had allowed three runs or fewer in 16 straight starts dating to last season.
"It's not like they crushed him," Mets catcher John Buck said. "They did do a good job of making him throw a little bit more, working counts, making him pitch to get them out."
Ankiel had three extra-base hits and two RBIs. Murphy added three hits and drove in two runs from the leadoff spot.
Murphy and Ankiel gave the Mets a quick lead with consecutive doubles to start the first inning. Cozart doubled in the third and Votto went the other way with a 3-0 pitch for his seventh home run, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
In the bottom half, Cozart robbed Wright of a run-scoring hit with a diving grab at shortstop. Lucas Duda also lined out to end the inning and Latos took that 2-1 lead into the fifth, when Ruben Tejada hit a leadoff double and advanced on Harvey's sacrifice bunt. Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to shallow right, and Tejada scored with surprising ease when Bruce's weak throw was off target.
After the inning, cameras caught Latos and Bruce having an animated argument in the dugout.
Latos wouldn't comment, and Bruce said "there's really nothing to talk about."
"It was just an issue between the team and it's going to stay that way," Bruce said. "Things like that happen, so everything's good and it's a non-issue."
NOTES: The Mets have lost eight of 11 overall. ... Cincinnati is 12-5 at Citi Field and 7-1 the past two years, including a three-game sweep last June. ... The Mets were 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and are 6 for 48 (.125) in those situations over their past six home games. They had gone nine straight home games without scoring more than three runs. ... New York pitching prospect Zack Wheeler gave up three runs and five hits over five innings for Triple-A Las Vegas against Iowa after missing a turn with inflammation of the AC joint in his right shoulder.