Ike Davis went 1-for-3 Sunday and is 11-for-23 (.478) during an eight-game hitting streak. His average is up to .194.

Still, Terry Collins sent up Scott Hairston to bat for Davis against lefthander Sean Marshall as the potential go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Hairston, who crushes lefthanders and has two pinch-hit home runs this year, grounded out and the Mets went on to lose to the Reds, 3-1.

"I hope I don't have to address this very much," Collins said. "Because when you have a guy like Scott Hairston who's done nothing but hit home runs, especially against lefthanded pitching, and with the go-ahead run at the plate, and he's sitting on the bench, that would be the question you would ask me at the end of the game: 'Why he wasn't up there.' "

Said Davis: "I want to be up there. But you can't really blame TC for putting in Scotty."

Eli throws smaller ball

On Father's Day, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw the first pitch at Citi Field with his 14-month-old daughter, Ava, in his arms.

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The Giants quarterback, wearing a Mets No. 10 jersey in his first visit to Citi Field, tossed a high floater to David Wright.

Manning's brother Peyton made an appearance April 29 at the Mets-Rockies game in Denver. Eli was a high school second baseman, Peyton a shortstop.

Animal house

A squirrel appeared in front of the Mets' dugout in the ninth inning and made its way all the way around to the Reds' dugout. It was just one of the teams' visitors from the animal kingdom, Wright said.

"We had pigeons all over the place," Wright said. "It was like a petting zoo out there."

Extra bases

Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) reports to Triple-A Buffalo Monday to begin a rehab assignment.