- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Eric Young, Jr. slid in safely. He couldn’t keep his foot on the base, and it ended up costing the Mets a chance to extend their winning streak.

Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey homered, and Johnny Cueto went seven innings on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory that ended New York’s winning streak at three games.

With Aroldis Chapman on the mound for his 30th save in 32 chances, the Mets got a chance to pull it out in the ninth.

Curtis Granderson singled was replaced by Young. Dilson Herrera walked. The runners pulled off what was initially ruled a double steal, but the replay showed Young took his foot off third base after he slid and was tagged out by Kristopher Negron. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell struck out to end it.

“I slid in there,” Young said. “I clearly beat it, but our feet got tangled up. The third baseman did what he was supposed to do and kept the tag on. I was trying to avoid an injury.”



That slip let the Reds escape.

“It certainly took the starch out,” manager Terry Collins said. “It was real disappointing.”

Frazier’s second homer in two days tied it in the sixth against Dillon Gee (6-7). Heisey pinch-hit for Cueto with two outs in the seventh and broke the 1-all tie with his eighth homer. It was Heisey’s fourth pinch-hit homer of the season.

“Looking back, I thought the whole outing was pretty good,” said Gee, who gave up seven hits in seven innings and struck out six. “Physically I felt the best I’ve felt in a long time. I threw a first-pitch slider to Frazier and he went out and got it.”

The Reds won for only the second time in eight games. They’re 16-31 since the All-Star break. It was a rare one-run win for Cincinnati, which is the worst in the majors at such close games with a 21-34 mark.

The Mets hit five homers in the series opener on Friday night for a 14-5 victory and were trying to match their longest winning streak of the season with one more. They wasted early chances against Cueto, getting five hits in the first two innings but scoring only once.

Travis d’Arnaud extended his hitting tear with a leadoff double in the second and came around on Herrera’s single.

Cueto retired 13 in a row until Lucas Duda walked with two outs in the sixth and d’Arnaud doubled again. Granderson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Cueto struck out Herrera on a fastball to end the threat. The right-hander gave up six hits and struck out eight.

Frazier tied it with his 25th homer in the bottom of the sixth inning off Gee, who remained winless on the road since May 4, going 0-4 in five starts.

OH GEE

Gee went 0 for 3, leaving him 0 for 38 at the plate since last Sept. 15, failing to get a hit in his past 17 games. The longest streak in Mets history was Doug Sisk’s 26 games without a hit.

STATS

With his two doubles, d’Arnaud extended his hitting streak to five games. … Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to seven games. … Heisey has 10 career pinch-hit homers. … It was the sixth time in his career that Chapman pitched more than one inning for a save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Rafael Montero was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. He’ll make at least one start and then go into the bullpen. Collins wants to see how he fares as a reliever in case that’s a role he could fill next season. Montero is 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in seven games with New York this season.

Reds: SS Zack Cozart was back in the lineup. He missed three games in Baltimore for the birth of his son. He was out on Friday with a sore right wrist. … Manager Bryan Price said the Reds are still aiming to get 1B Joey Votto healthy enough to play by the final week. Votto has been out since July 8 with strained muscles above his left knee.

ON DECK

Mets: Zack Wheeler (9-9) makes his first career start against the Reds. Wheeler has allowed three or fewer earned runs in his past 12 starts.

Reds: Mat Latos (5-4) tries to finish his injury-shortened season strong. He has five quality starts in his past eight games.

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