Harvey, Mets eek out victory in opening game of doubleheader

Matt Harvey's performance was just the entree to Zack Wheeler's debut in the second game of the doubleheader. Credit: Getty Images
Matt Harvey’s performance was just the entree to Zack Wheeler’s debut in the second game of the doubleheader.
Credit: Getty Images

Matt Harvey carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Mets bullpen just managed to hang on for a 4-3 win over Atlanta in the first game of a day-night doubleheader yesterday.

Harvey lost his no-hitter on an infield hit by Jason Heyward in which Lucas Duda didn’t cover first, but he was sterling as usual in earning his sixth win this season. He finished with a line of seven innings, three runs and a career-high 13 strikeouts.

All three runs scored in the eighth inning after he had been removed with the bases loaded. LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Rice allowed the inherited runners to come in.

Bobby Parnell shut things down in the ninth inning to earn his 10th save.

John Buck got off the schneid with his first home run since May 24, though he still leads the team. Marlon Byrd continued his hot hitting with two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Rookie Alex Wood, one of the Braves’ top pitching prospects and just 22 years old, lasted just three innings and 73 pitches in his first career start.

Zack Wheeler, the top pitching prospect in the Mets system, will make his major-league debut in the second half of Tuesday’s doubelheader.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



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