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Monday, April 08, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 7 - Mets (7) at Phillies (2) - Harvey Dazzles, Buck sets tone with HR

N.Y. Mets (5-2)«031030000791
Philadelphia (2-5)000100010240

W: M. Harvey (2-0) L: R. Halladay (0-2)
HR: NYM - J. Buck (3)   PHI - None

Matt Harvey dazzled with nine strikeouts and the New York Mets roughed up Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.

Much like his first start, Harvey (2-0) sliced through the opposition's batting order and yielded just one run on three hits over seven innings of work. He became just the second Mets pitcher to produce those statistics in consecutive starts to begin a season.

The only other to accomplish the feat, a guy named Nolan Ryan.

John Buck continued his torrid start, contributing a three-run homer. Ruben Tejada drove in a pair, while David Wright and Lucas Duda had an RBI apiece in New York's third straight win.

Halladay (0-2) was ineffective for the second straight start, as he surrendered seven runs on six hits over four-plus frames in a loss that ended his eight-game winning streak against New York.

Ryan Howard had a sacrifice fly and Jimmy Rollins drove in a run for the Phillies, who are off to a 2-5 start.

Halladay's struggles were apparent in the second inning, plunking Duda after giving up a double to Marlon Byrd. Buck then came to plate and crushed an opposite field homer well into the right field seats for a 3-0 Mets lead.

Duda came to bat again in the following frame and delivered an RBI single for a four-run New York edge. Howard got the Phillies on the board with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but the Mets answered with three runs in the fifth.

Daniel Murphy's leadoff double started the inning and he came around to score on a single from Wright. Halladay was chased after giving up a hit to Ike Davis, and has failed to throw five innings in either of his first two starts.

Chad Durbin replaced him and recorded two outs, but then gave up a bases- loaded single to Tejada, who plated two runs with his line drive to center and New York had a 7-1 lead.

Harvey struck out the side in the bottom half of the fifth and kept the Phillies hitless over his last three innings of work. Erik Kratz doubled off Mets reliever Josh Edgin in the eighth and Rollins got him home soon after on a groundout.

Game Notes

For the first time in his 16-year career, Halladay's had consecutive games with four or fewer innings pitched and five or more earned runs allowed ... New York defeated Halladay for the first time since 2006 ... Murphy went 2- for-4 with two doubles.

Box Score:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300000001.200
  Collin Cowgill PH-CF200000001.158
Daniel Murphy 2B422020010.308
David Wright 3B412110011.333
Ike Davis 1B511000001.148
Marlon Byrd RF411010012.273
Lucas Duda LF311100011.200
John Buck C411300100.375
Ruben Tejada SS301200010.227
Matt Harvey P300000001.167
  Justin Turner PH100000001.500
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
Ben Revere CF300000011.233
Jimmy Rollins SS411110000.300
Chase Utley 2B401000000.370
Ryan Howard 1B300100002.148
Michael Young 3B400000001.280
Domonic Brown LF400000001.231
Laynce Nix RF200000012.214
Humberto Quintero C301000001.167
  Raul Valdes P000000000.000
Roy Halladay P100000001.000
  Chad Durbin P000000000.000
  Ezequiel Carrera PH100000001.000
  Jeremy Horst P000000000.000
  Erik Kratz C111010000.190

E_I.Davis. LOB_NY Mets 8, Philadelphia 4. 2B_D.Murphy 2, D.Wright, M.Byrd, J.Rollins, E.Kratz. HR_J.Buck (3) off R.Halladay. SF_R.Howard. SB_B.Revere (4). GIDP_B.Revere. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

Matt Harvey (W 2-0)7.0311290110-660.64
Josh Edgin2.011101029-172.45
Roy Halladay (L 0-2)4.067733199-5914.73
Chad Durbin1.010011020-118.10
Jeremy Horst2.010003020-166.75
Raul Valdes2.010012026-169.53

R.Halladay pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.

HBP_by R.Halladay (L.Duda).
T_2:55. A_35393.
Umpires_Home,Jim Reynolds; First, James Hoye; Second, John Hirschbeck; Third, Bob Davidson.

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