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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Recap: Game 34 - Pirates (3) at Mets (2) - Harvey Not Enough

Pittsburgh (21-16)«002000010370
N.Y. Mets (14-20)010000100241

W: J. Wilson (3-0) L: S. Rice (1-2) S: J. Grilli (15)
HR: PIT - C. Barmes (2)   NYM - L. Duda (8)

Pedro Alvarez provided the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates' pitching stifled a sputtering New York Mets offense to take a 3-2 victory and capture their third win of a four-game set from Citi Field.

Alvarez's second hit of the day plated Pittsburgh's third run, and Jason Grilli tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down his National League-leading 15th save of the season.

Clint Barmes added a solo homer and the Pirates' pitching limited New York to just four hits on the day. Starter Jeanmar Gomez tossed five strong innings of one-run ball and retired the last 11 batters he faced.

Justin Wilson (3-0) picked up the win by striking out four in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Matt Harvey pitched seven innings for New York but didn't have his usual overpowering stuff, striking out a season-low four batters. He allowed two runs on five hits.

The only support for Harvey came on a solo homer from Lucas Duda and an RBI single from Mike Baxter, as the Mets went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and were outscored 23-10 over the four-game set.

Scott Rice (1-2) was charged with the loss after walking Andrew McCutchen, who scored the go-ahead run in the eighth.

With 12 more strikeouts on Sunday, the Mets have fanned 28 times over the last two days.

New York tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the seventh, but the Pirates jumped back in front the following frame.

McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez worked a pair of one-out walks and the Mets called upon their third pitcher of the inning, Bobby Parnell, after Brandon Lyon struck out Jose Tabata.

Alvarez laced an RBI single off the Mets' closer, and a fielding error on Juan Lagares in center put runners at second and third. Parnell prevented further damage, however, by getting Michael McKenry to line out to center.

The Mets had a chance to score in the bottom half of the eighth when they put runners on the corners for Ike Davis, but the struggling first baseman struck out for the second time.

Davis heard boos from the home crowd following every out of an 0-for-4 day, as his average plummeted to .180 on the season.

Duda tried to salvage the frame when he lined a shot off the first-base bag, but it caromed right to second baseman Brandon Inge and he retired Duda in plenty of time to end the inning.

Duda gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead when he lifted a second-inning offering from Gomez over the wall in deep center for his eighth homer of the season.

Barmes' shot into the left-field seats to lead off the third tied the game, and Pittsburgh jumped in front later in the inning when Garrett Jones lifted a sac fly into right with the bases loaded.

Mets catcher John Buck picked Barmes off second base to end the seventh and then drew a one-out walk while batting in bottom half of the frame. He moved to second on a Wilson wild pitch and got Harvey off the hook by hustling home on Baxter's bloop single into left to make it 2-2.

Baxter stole second and then swiped third on Wilson's strikeout of Lagares. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner couldn't bring him home, though, also going down swinging to end the inning.

Game Notes

The Mets have won only four of their last 15 games and went 7-for-40 with runners in scoring position during their six-game homestand ... Buck stole his first base since September 20, 2009 ... Pittsburgh won its first road series against the Mets since recording a three-game sweep of the club from April 16-18, 2004 ... Pirates catcher Russell Martin sat for the fifth time in the last six games with neck stiffness ... Prior to the game, New York placed pitcher Jeurys Familia on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Box Score:

Starling Marte LF310000021.329
Travis Snider RF502000001.271
Andrew McCutchen CF311000020.276
Garrett Jones 1B200100000.295
  Gaby Sanchez PH-1B000000010.258
Jordy Mercer 2B300000000.258
  Justin Wilson P000000000.000
  Jose Tabata PH100000001.274
  Mark Melancon P000000000.000
  Jason Grilli P000000000.000
Pedro Alvarez 3B402110001.203
Michael McKenry C300000000.244
Clint Barmes SS412100100.219
Jeanmar Gomez P200000001.111
  Vin Mazzaro P000000000.000
  Brandon Inge 2B200000001.273
Ruben Tejada SS300000011.236
Daniel Murphy 2B401010001.258
David Wright 3B300000010.297
Ike Davis 1B400000002.180
Lucas Duda LF411100101.225
John Buck C311000012.231
Mike Baxter RF301100010.273
Juan Lagares CF300000002.152
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.239
Matt Harvey P200000001.125
  Justin Turner PH100000001.340
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000

E_J.Lagares. LOB_Pittsburgh 9, NY Mets 6. 2B_P.Alvarez, D.Murphy. HR_C.Barmes (2) off M.Harvey, L.Duda (8) off J.Gomez. SF_G.Jones. SB_D.Wright (7), J.Buck (1), M.Baxter 2 (3).

Jeanmar Gomez5.021113165-392.28
Vin Mazzaro (H 1)0.200011017-103.65
Justin Wilson (W 3-0;B 2)1.111114029-191.54
Mark Melancon (H 13)1.010012017-110.47
Jason Grilli (S 15)1.00000208-71.15
Matt Harvey7.0522241101-641.44
Scott Rice (L 1-2)0.10111008-32.60
Brandon Lyon0.100011010-53.86
Bobby Parnell1.120011030-211.10

HBP_by M.Harvey (M.McKenry).
T_3:19. A_28404.
Umpires_Home,Andy Fletcher; First, Rob Drake; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Joe West.

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