Reds hang close again but get swept by Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing the defending National League champions on their home turf was going to be a tough task for Cincinnati.

Bryan Price’s club kept things close the entire series. In the end, they left New York without a win.

Neil Walker hit his ninth home run to tie for the major league lead, Matt Harvey won his second straight start and the New York Mets beat Cincinnati 5-2 on Wednesday night to give the Reds their fourth straight loss.

“We faced three really good starting pitchers, but those first two games were winnable games for us,” Price said after the three-game series. “If you want to beat the better teams, you’ve got to be able to play their game, and their game is they don’t give up runs.”

Walker’s third-inning homer off Jon Moscot (0-2) extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and tied the team record for home runs in April.

“I fell behind 2-0. I tried to throw him a sinker down and away,” Moscot said. “The guy’s on fire right now.”

Harvey (2-3) won his second consecutive start after losing his first three. He overcame a first-inning home run by Zack Cozart and gave up two runs and seven hits in

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