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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 29 - White Sox (0) at Mets (1) - Harvey Shuts Down Sox, Baxter wins it

Final 10th12345678910RHE
Chi. White Sox (13-18)0000000000010
N.Y. Mets (13-16)«0000000001150

W: B. Parnell (3-0) L: N. Jones (0-3)
HR: CHW - None   NYM - None

Mike Baxter's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th inning plated the game's only run and lifted the New York Mets to a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the opener of a two-game set at Citi Field.

New York starter Matt Harvey was the story for much of the night, as the 24- year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one hit -- an infield single to Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh -- over nine stellar frames.

The Mets' offense, meanwhile, managed just four hits until the decisive 10th inning, which started with Ike Davis' leadoff walk off Chicago reliever Nate Jones (0-3).

Davis then moved to second on Juan Lagares' bunt before racing home on Baxter's pinch-hit single to right that sent the Mets to their third victory in their last four games.

Bobby Parnell (3-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win.

Chicago starter Hector Santiago was nearly as impressive as Harvey, giving up just four hits and two walks while fanning eight over seven strong frames. However, it wasn't enough to keep the White Sox from falling for the third time in their last four tries.

Harvey retired the first 20 hitters he faced in order without much trouble, before Rios slapped a soft grounder to the hole at shortstop with two away in the seventh.

Ruben Tejada made a backhand stop to keep the ball in the infield, but his leaping throw to first was a second too late, as Rios crossed the bag just before Davis caught the ball at first to end Harvey's perfect-game bid.

Harvey bounced back by fanning Adam Dunn before setting the White Sox down in order over his final two frames, with the last two outs coming via strikeout.

With Harvey's pitch count at 105, Parnell took over to start the 10th and quickly disposed of the White Sox to set the table for Baxter's heroics in the bottom of the frame.

Game Notes

Harvey is the first MLB pitcher since at least 1916 to allow one or fewer hits with zero walks and at least 12 strikeouts in nine innings and not win. Harvey's 6 2/3 perfect frames was the longest by a Met since Rick Reed also went 6 2/3 perfect innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 8, 1998 ... The White Sox and Mets are meeting for just the second series ever and the first since Chicago took two of three matchups in the Windy City in 2002 ... Chicago claimed first baseman Mike McDade off waivers from Cleveland and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The White Sox also transferred pitcher Gavin Floyd to the 60-day disabled list after the right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Box Score:

Alejandro De Aza LF400000003.231
Jeff Keppinger 2B400000000.191
Alex Rios RF401000002.261
Adam Dunn 1B400000002.145
Conor Gillaspie 3B300000002.280
Alexei Ramirez SS300000001.264
Tyler Flowers C300000001.177
DeWayne Wise CF300000001.262
Hector Santiago P200000001.000
  Matt Lindstrom P000000000.000
  Jordan Danks PH100000001.214
  Nate Jones P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS401000001.243
Daniel Murphy 2B301000000.284
David Wright 3B300000010.304
John Buck C400000001.245
Lucas Duda LF400000002.239
Andrew Brown RF200000010.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH-RF100000001.242
Ike Davis 1B311000011.177
Juan Lagares CF301000002.111
Matt Harvey P200000002.143
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH101100000.229

LOB_Chicago WSox 1, NY Mets 7. S_J.Lagares, M.Harvey. CS_D.Murphy.

Hector Santiago7.0400280111-701.69
Matt Lindstrom1.00000107-63.86
Nate Jones (L 0-3)1.111111024-145.79
Matt Harvey9.01000120105-761.28
Bobby Parnell (W 3-0)1.000002014-81.29

HBP_by H.Santiago (D.Murphy).
T_2:30. A_23394.
Umpires_Home,Dan Iassogna; First, Mark Carlson; Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Brian Knight.

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