Phillips' strange double lifts Reds over Mets 7-4
May 22, 2013 at 4:25p ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over 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.
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.
Still, the Reds regrouped and won for the 10th time in 12 games. They finished a 7-2 trip against the bottom three teams in the NL East, moving a season-best 11 games over .500 at 29-18.
Harvey appeared headed for his first defeat of the season before the Mets rallied in the seventh. But they fell to 2-11 in their last 13 home games.
Daniel Murphy had three hits and two RBIs in the leadoff spot for New York. Rick Ankiel added three extra-base hits and drove in two runs, including a tying triple with two outs in the seventh.
With the score tied at 4 in the ninth, Shin-Soo Choo legged out a leadoff double against Bobby Parnell (4-1). One out later, Votto was intentionally walked and Phillips hit a cue shot toward first base.
The ball bounced on the baseline, kicking up chalk, and over the glove of first baseman Ike Davis, who was in front of the bag. Davis appeared to shy away from touching the ball, thinking it would go foul, but it bounded over the bag and was called fair by umpire Phil Cuzzi.
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 a hitless eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 10th save in 12 tries.
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 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. Murphy hit an RBI single with two outs in the seventh and Ankiel tripled high off the left-field wall to tie it.
Ankiel was held at third even though left fielder Xavier Paul slipped when he finally chased down the ball. Collins came out for a brief discussion, apparently hoping to persuade the umpires to check the replay for a potential home run, but they never left the field.
Harvey was charged with four runs and a season-high nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had allowed three runs or fewer in 16 straight starts dating to last season.
Murphy and Ankiel gave the Mets a quick lead with consecutive doubles to start the first inning.
Reds manager Dusty Baker didn't want to fall any further behind so, in a nod to Harvey's stingy numbers, he brought his infield in with Ankiel on third and one out. Cincinnati prevented further damage when Latos struck out Lucas Duda on three pitches and Paul made a sliding catch of Marlon Byrd's sinking liner.
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. 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.
NOTES: Jack Hannahan started at 3B in place of Frazier because Baker wanted to get another left-handed bat in the lineup against Harvey. Baker said he'd been thinking about giving Hannahan a start at 1B soon, but Votto has been too hot to sit. ... LHP Manny Parra (strained left pectoral muscle) is scheduled to resume his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Louisville. Parra has made three rehab appearances for Double-A Pensacola. ... Davis has one hit in his last 38 at-bats after going 0 for 2 with two walks. 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.