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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 2 - Padres (4) at Mets (8) - Mets Go Yard 3 Times, Harvey Brilliant in First Start

San Diego (0-2)000000013461
N.Y. Mets (2-0)«02024000x881

W: M. Harvey (1-0) L: C. Richard (0-1)
HR: SD - None   NYM - L. Duda (1),J. Buck (1),I. Davis (1)

10 K's
Final Score: New York 8, San Diego 4

The New York Mets think they have the ace of their rotation in Matt Harvey, and if his first start of the season was any indication, they may be right.

The 24-year-old right-hander dominated with 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings, and the Mets smacked the Padres, 8-4, on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and John Buck each hit two-run homers to back up Harvey (1-0), who began his first full season by allowing just one hit and two walks. After crushing the Padres, 11-2, on Opening Day, the Mets will look to sweep the season-opening series on Thursday.

San Diego starter Clayton Richard (0-1), last season's National League leader in home runs allowed, gave up all three of New York's homers. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits.

Carlos Quentin and Nick Hundley each contributed an RBI for the Padres.

Harvey got going early, fanning five of the first nine Padres and was perfect through three innings. Everth Cabrera had the Padres first hit in the fourth, but was later picked off and Harvey forced an inning ending double-play soon after to escape his only jam of the evening.

The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on the bat of Duda, who crushed Richard's fastball down the middle into the 10th row of the right field upper deck.

In his next at-bat, Duda raked another shot into right, this one for a double. Buck followed, and his opposite field liner just cleared the right-field fence to give the Mets a four-run cushion by the end of the fourth.

New York then broke it open in the fifth by plating four more, with Davis' deep two-run blast highlighting the inning and Buck delivering the final score with an RBI single.

David Wright got it started, though, when he ripped an RBI double down the left field line to score Daniel Murphy from first. Richard was yanked after walking Marlon Byrd and the Mets had a commanding 8-0 lead going into sixth.

Harvey capped his performance with four strikeouts over his last two innings to reach double-digits, and Bobby Parnell came on to record the last out after LaTroy Hawkins surrendered three runs -- one earned -- in the ninth.

The Padres had just three hits through the first eight innings, with Cameron Maybin plating their first run with an RBI groundout.

Game Notes:
New York was 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position ... Harvey also added a single in his first at-bat of the season ... Hundley and Cabrera each had two hits for the Padres, who were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:
Everth Cabrera SS412000002.333
Will Venable RF311000012.250
Carlos Quentin LF200100010.250
Yonder Alonso 1B400000000.125
Jedd Gyorko 3B421000001.250
Nick Hundley C402110002.250
Alexi Amarista 2B400000000.000
Cameron Maybin CF300100001.000
Clayton Richard P100000001.000
  Andrew Cashner P100000001.000
  Mark Kotsay PH000000000.000
  Jesus Guzman PH100000000.000
  Luke Gregerson P000000000.000
Collin Cowgill CF400000000.222
Daniel Murphy 2B410000000.222
David Wright 3B311110010.286
Ike Davis 1B411200100.111
Marlon Byrd RF321000011.375
Lucas Duda LF322210110.400
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
John Buck C412300100.500
Ruben Tejada SS400000002.250
Matt Harvey P301000001.333
  Mike Baxter LF100000000.000

E_J.Gyorko, R.Tejada. LOB_San Diego 3, NY Mets 4. 2B_N.Hundley, D.Wright, L.Duda. HR_I.Davis (1) off C.Richard, L.Duda (1) off C.Richard, J.Buck (1) off C.Richard. SF_C.Quentin. GIDP_C.Quentin. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis).

Clayton Richard (L 0-1)4.178721374-4514.54
Andrew Cashner2.210012042-240.00
Luke Gregerson1.00000109-70.00
Matt Harvey (W 1-0)7.0100210094-630.00
Greg Burke0.221100014-913.50
Josh Edgin0.10000001-10.00
LaTroy Hawkins0.233100028-2213.50
Bobby Parnell0.10000003-30.00

T_2:36. A_22239.
Umpires_Home,Jerry Meals; First, Marvin Hudson; Second, Jordan Baker; Third, Tim McClelland.

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