Slumping Ike Davis didn’t start Saturday against lefty Francisco Liriano. But not only was he back in the lineup Sunday against Pittsburgh righty JeanmarGomez, he batted cleanup in an apparent attempt by manager Terry Collins to get Davis out of his doldrums.

It didn’t help. Davis went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .180. He struck out twice, flailing at a bounced 1-2 curveball from former Yankee Mark Melancon with one out and runners at first and third in the eighth.

"I let the team down for sure," Davis said. "I have to produce more or I won’t play at this level."

Davis is struggling at the beginning of the season for the second straight year. Observers are starting to wonder if the Mets should send Davis to the minors to fix his swing.

"I wouldn’t think they would," Davis said, but then acknowledged that’s not his decision.

Baxter comes through

Collins showed confidence in lefty hitter Mike Baxter, leaving him in against Pittsburgh southpaw Justin Wilson (3-0) with a runner at second and one out in the seventh. Baxter stroked a tying single to left.

"I had a feeling," Collins said. "I thought Mike was going to put the ball in play."