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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Recap: Game 30 - White Sox (6) at Mets (3) - Peavy Pevails over Hefner

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N.Y. Mets (13-17)010000011381

W: J. Peavy (4-1) L: J. Hefner (0-4)
HR: CHW - A. De Aza (6),A. Rios (8)   NYM - L. Duda (7)

Jake Peavy was outstanding in his first start in nearly two weeks and the White Sox' bats awoke in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets, helping them earn a split of a two-game set at Citi Field.

Chicago posted 13 hits and scored one fewer run than its total over the previous four games. Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios each belted a solo homer among their three hits and combined to score five runs for the White Sox, who had lost three of four coming in.

Peavy (4-1) didn't appear to have any issue with the back spasms that forced him to miss his previous two scheduled starts. The right-hander fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and striking out six.

Conor Gillaspie went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair in the victory.

Jeremy Hefner (0-4) was roughed up early for New York, with all four of his runs allowed coming in the first three innings. He gave up eight hits and struck out five over six frames.

"If he continues to pitch the way he has the last three starts, we're going to be okay," said Mets manager Terry Collins.

Hefner has given up seven runs over his last 21 innings of work. The Mets have not won in any of his six starts this season.

The Mets managed just three hits in the first seven innings before plating a pair of runs over the final two frames. Lucas Duda hit a solo homer and Ruben Tejada recorded an RBI in defeat.

The White Sox failed to record a hit until the seventh inning on Tuesday, but got off to a good start Wednesday when De Aza led off the game with a homer, his sixth of the season.

Duda lifted a game-tying homer into right in the second, but New York's bats went silent from there and the White Sox jumped back in front in the top half of the third.

De Aza and Alexei Ramirez reached Hefner for one-out singles and Rios doubled into right center to plate a run. With runners on second and third, Gillaspie made it 4-1 when his soft fly ball landed in between shortstop Tejada and center fielder Jordany Valdespin for a double.

Peavy was aided by some strong defense, as Dewayne Wise slammed into the wall in center after chasing down a deep fly from Ike Davis in the second and Ramirez made a diving stop at short to turn a double play two innings later.

The Mets recorded just their second hit of the game when pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd ripped a leadoff double down the left field line in the sixth, but Peavy retired the next three batters in order to keep New York from scoring.

Three straight singles from Chicago in the seventh pushed its lead to 5-1, with Paul Konerko driving a base hit into right off Scott Atchison to score Rios.

The Mets scored a run in the eighth after Justin Turner's pinch-hit single into right was mishandled by Rios, but were stifled by Jesse Crain, who replaced Matt Thornton on the mound and recorded three outs via strikeout.

Rios made up for his blunder in the ninth, clubbing a solo homer off Mets reliever Jeurys Familia into the left field seats.

Mike Baxter drove a one-out triple into center in the ninth off White Sox reliever Addison Reed and scored on Tejada's base hit into right.

Juan Lagares came to the plate with two on following a hit from Turner, but struck out to end the game.

Game Notes

New York fell to 8-9 at home this season ... The Mets were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... Rios' homer was his eighth of the season ... The Mets are 12-4 against members of the AL Central since 2010.

Box Score:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs White Sox - Game 30

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs White Sox - Game 30

  1. Jordany Valdespin - CF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Lucas Duda - LF
  5. John Buck - C
  6. Mike Baxter - RF
  7. Ike Davis - 1B
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
  9. Jeremy Hefner - P

Preview: Game 30 - White Sox at Mets - Peavy vs Hefner

Chicago White Sox (13-18) at New York Mets (13-16) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Peavy (R) 5 3-1 3.386.11-15.114/26TBW6.2632-020.22.18
J. Hefner (R) 5 0-3 4.345.10-12.654/30@MIAL8.0420-119.02.84

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy is back after missing a turn in the rotation and looks to pitch his club past the New York Mets Wednesday in the conclusion of a two-game series from Citi Field.

Peavy last took the mound April 26 in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay and missed his next scheduled start because of a back issue. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner tested his back a few days ago by throwing off a mound and said he is ready to roll Wednesday in New York.

"We're all on point to go Wednesday night," Peavy said. "I'm super excited about that, and can't thank our training staff enough. A few days ago, I didn't feel good at all."

The right-hander worked with a chiropractor and a massage therapist to get himself back on track and is 3-1 with a 3.38 earned run average in five starts this season. He allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Rays and will make his third road start Thursday.

In 10 career starts against the Mets, Peavy is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA.

Countering for New York will be winless right-hander Jeremy Hefner. Hefner is 0-3 with a 4.34 earned run average in six games (5 starts) this season and was in line for his first win on April 30 at Miami. He was cruising through eight innings until the Marlins rallied in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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

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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:

Preview: Game 29 - White Sox at Mets - Santiago vs Harvey

Chicago White Sox (13-17) at New York Mets (12-16) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
H. Santiago (L) 1 1-1 2.294.21-00.755/2@TEXW5.1211-110.04.50
M. Harvey (R) 6 4-0 1.566.02-01.804/29@MIAND5.1711-018.12.45

Although he hasn't recorded a decision in the last two starts, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey tries to keep his unblemished record intact Tuesday in the opener of a two-game set with the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field.

Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.56 earned run average in six appearances this season and last toed the rubber on April 29 in a 4-3 loss at Miami. Harvey threw a career-high 121 pitches and held the Marlins to a run in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and has fanned that many in three straight outings.

The right-hander is well rested after a long layoff with off-days and a rainout on Saturday.

"You've got to deal with it. It's an adjustment, but it's definitely not the first time that I've gone seven or eight days without pitching," Harvey told the club's website.

Harvey is 2-0 in three starts at Citi Field this season and will face the White Sox for the first time.

New York split what was supposed to be a three-game series with the Braves and suffered a 9-4 loss in Sunday's finale. Jon Niese was pounded for seven runs and seven hits in four innings and walked six batters.

"Today was one of those outings that I just want to forget about," Niese said afterward. "I walked way too many guys. It's embarrassing. I've just got to learn from it."

David Wright hit his fifth home run of the season and was the only Met to finish with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. The Mets were coming off Friday's win and have dropped seven of nine.

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