New York Mets Ace Matt Harvey Struggles against Cincinnati Reds

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New York Mets ace Matt Harvey learned a valuable lesson from Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto: don’t take any pitch for granted.

With a runner on first in the third inning, Harvey grooved a 3-0 fastball to Votto, which the National League batting average leader deposited into left field stands to grab a 2-1 lead.

The Mets tied the game in the fifth, but Harvey clearly lacked his “almost perfect” stuff today at Citi Field. The 24-year-old was able to wiggle out of trouble until the seventh inning when the Reds struck for two runs, both charged to Harvey, to give starter Mat Latos a 4-2 lead.

For once, a Mets pitcher did have a little luck on his side. Harvey managed to escape his first defeat of the season when the Mets knotted the score at four with a couple of two-out runs, including an RBI triple by Rick Ankiel, in the bottom of the seventh.

The right-hander threw 116 pitches in 6.1 innings in the no-decision. Harvey allowed season-highs of four earned runs and nine hits, while tying a season-high of three walks.

Just how good has Harvey been been for New York?

He allowed more than three earned runs for the first time in 15 starts since August 5. Zack Cozart became the first player to notch three hits off Harvey this season. In fact, the Reds’ third baseman went 4-of-4 off Harvey with two doubles and two runs.

The Mets, however, weren’t as lucky as their starter as their 7-4 loss completed the sweep at the hands of the Reds. Harvey may have avoided the loss, but the team fell to 10 games under .500.

Jon Krouner is the New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkrouner  ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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