Matt Harvey starts second half with another gem for Mets
It was a day for power in Queens as Matt Harvey blew 99-mph heat past the Phillies for seven innings and David Wright, Marlon Byrd and Juan Lagares all homered off Cliff Lee.
The Mets took their second game of the series, 5-0.
Harvey improved to 8-2 with a seven-inning, 10-strikeout performance in his return to the same mound he pitched on last Tuesday night in the All-Star Game.
Lee was never on his game. He allowed back-to-back homers to Wright and Byrd in the first inning. It was the first time all season the Mets have hit consecutive homers.
Lee and the Phillies never recovered from the early 2-0 hole, especially with Harvey on the mound.
He allowed a three-run homer to Lagares in the fourth inning after getting ahead 0-2 with two outs in the inning. Lagares’s home run clanked off the railing of the Party City deck in left field, leaving the umpires to head to the replay for the second time on the exact same call. Wright’s homer deflected off the railing in almost the exact same spot. Both reviews were brief, though Wright’s had been called a home run and was upheld, while Lagares’s double was overturned for a homer.
Scott Atchison pitched two innings and allowed just one baserunner to close out the game for the Mets.
New York (43-51) is now just one behind Philadelphia (49-50) in the loss column having played five fewer games so far this season.
The Mets open a four-game set against the Braves with Dillon Gee on the mound against Julio Teheran tonight at 7 p.m.
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