REDS 7, METS 5: Lenny Harris has a broken finger, a shoulder that sometimes pops out and no steady job. So when Cincinnati manager Ray Knight plugs him into the lineup, Harris doesn't want to leave for anything.
Harris singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth as host Cincinnati rallied for its sixth straight victory.
In the first inning, Harris was on his knees in pain in the dugout after his shoulder popped out while he was batting. Knight, who had given Harris the start at first base, told his player to do the smart thing.
"Ray kept asking me if I was okay and telling me they need me down the stretch and I didn't have to go back out there," Harris said. "But I've been playing with pain all year. If I don't hit the ball well, my finger is throbbing.
"They're going to have to roll me out of there to get me out of there. I've played with pain before, but never this much. I guess the older you get, the more you have to suck it up."
The victory put Cincinnati one game over .500 for the first time since April 20.
Scott Service pitched 1 scoreless innings for the victory, and Jeff Brantley pitched the ninth for his league-leading 28th save.
The Mets lost their sixth in a row despite a three-run home run by Bernard Gilkey in a four-run sixth, Gilkey's 21st home run. Mark Clark gave up 10 hits and six runs in 5 innings.