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Harvey Looks Sharp As Mets Hang On vs Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 16: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 16, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Matt Harvey struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings of four-hit, one-run ball leading the Mets to an 8-4 win in the finale of a three game set with the Reds in Cincinnati.

Ike Davis had a solo homer and two RBI’s with Jason Bay adding two hits, including his sixth round-tipper in what has been another disappointing season in New York for the $18 million left fielder.

On the bright side, Harvey upped his mark to 2-3 after throwing 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes, and had a two-RBI double, helping the Mets build an 8-1 lead into the ninth.

Closer Frank Francisco hasn’t had opportunities to pitch since coming off the DL and showed rust on Thursday night, allowing three runs in just 2/3 of one inning.

But with runner on second and third and two out, Jon Rauch came in to strike out Wilson Valdez and pickup his third save.

The Mets (56-62) travel to Washington for a weekend series with division leading Nationals.

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