Harvey tries to quiet the Phillies in the conclusion of a three-game set Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
After dropping Friday's opener 4-3, Philadelphia (36-39) bounced back with Saturday's 8-7 victory. The Phillies, who blew a six-run lead before Kevin Frandsen led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit walkoff homer, also got two home runs from Ryan Howard and one from Michael Young .
"He's ready to go when his number is called," Howard said of Frandsen. "He's been that guy that wants to step up. It's no surprise."
Howard drove in a season-high four runs Saturday and is batting .471 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a nine-game stretch. Young is hitting .382 with two home runs in his last 13 contests.
While Philadelphia has hit .320 with runners in scoring position during a 7-2 run at home, Charlie Manuel 's club hasn't had any success against Harvey (6-1, 2.16 ERA). The hard-throwing right-hander allowed three hits and struck out nine over seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 road win over the Phillies on April 8, improving to 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts in the series.
"When you come to Philly, you're usually (fired up) higher than usual," Harvey said afterward.
Harvey has shut down Howard (0 for 7 with five strikeouts), Domonic Brown (0 for 5), John Mayberry (0 for 5) and Young (0 for 3), but Jimmy Rollins is 3 for 8 with a homer and two doubles in their matchups.
Having received an average of just 2.64 runs of support in his last 11 starts, Harvey earned his first win in over a month Tuesday in a 4-3 victory at Atlanta. The emerging ace, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh before Jason Heyward led off the inning with a fluky infield single, gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high 13.
"It's definitely one of those games where I thought (a no-hitter) was possible a little bit more than the other ones," Harvey told MLB's official website. "I was striking out a lot of guys, and they weren't putting the ball in the outfield too often. Anytime that's going on, you think in the back of your mind that this is possible."
Harvey has now taken three no-hit bids into the seventh this year.
"Guys like that, with that kind of stuff, they're going to flirt with no-hitters from time to time," Heyward said. "It's not going to be a surprise to anybody."
The Phillies counter with John Lannan (0-1, 5.49). The left-hander yielded two runs and six hits over five innings during Monday's 5-4 walkoff win over Washington, his first start back after missing two months due to a strained quadriceps tendon.
"Just getting back in the swing of things. It felt awesome," he said. "It's been a lot of time and a lot of hard work. I'm happy to be back."
Lannan has been outstanding in his last six outings against the Mets (29-42), going 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA. However, he's only faced them once since 2010, throwing 5 2-3 innings of five-hit ball in a 2-0 road win Sept. 12, while with Washington.
The Phillies have taken 10 of 12 from New York, including six of the last seven by a 44-22 margin. Howard is hitting .350 with six homers, 20 RBIs and 11 runs in his last 10 games in the series.
|New York Mets|
|June 22, 2013||Lucas Duda||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 21, 2013||Jonathon Niese||15-Day DL||Partially torn left rotator cuff|
|June 20, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder discomfort|
|June 19, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|June 18, 2013||Scott Atchison||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore groin|
|June 17, 2013||Justin Turner||15-Day DL||Intercostal strain|
|June 22, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||Day-to-Day||Back|
|June 20, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 16, 2013||Jeremy Horst||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|June 09, 2013||Erik Kratz||15-Day DL||Left knee injury|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- David Wright homered, tripled and matched a New York Mets record with four extra-base hits to back the latest splendid start by Matt Harvey in an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Wright went 4 for 5 with two of New York's season-high seven doubles to help the Mets take two of three in Philadelphia after winning a five-game series at first-place Atlanta.
With the team making a major marketing push to get Wright elected to start next month's All-Star game at Citi Field, the third baseman is batting .405 with 14 extra-base hits in his last 17 games.
Given a rare heaping of run support, Harvey (7-1) allowed two hits in six innings and struck out six to earn consecutive wins for the first time since mid-April.
The 24-year-old right-hander tossed four perfect innings and threw a season-low 72 pitches - his outing was cut short by a 20-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Harvey also hit an RBI double to deep right-center and scored in a three-run fifth that made it 4-0. Later, he hit a line drive that knocked reliever Joe Savery 's glove off his hand but was thrown out at first.
Harvey became the first Mets starter to win twice in one season at Citizens Bank Park.
Wright hit his 12th home run in the ninth and finished a single shy of the cycle. The club said the previous Mets player to have four extra-base hits in a game was Edgardo Alfonzo on Aug. 30, 1999, at Houston.
New leadoff batter Eric Young Jr. had three hits and scored twice.
Philadelphia's only threat against Harvey came in the fourth, when Chase Utley hit a leadoff double and Ryan Howard worked a one-out walk. But Harvey got out of the jam by striking out Domonic Brown on a 99 mph fastball and retiring Delmon Young on a grounder.
New York opened the scoring in the first when Marlon Byrd drove in Young with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Harvey helped himself by hitting the first of three RBI doubles for the Mets. Juan Lagares led off the inning with what appeared to be an easy fly to center, but Ben Revere fumbled the ball in the exchange from his glove to his bare hand and it was ruled it a three-base error, opening the door for New York.
The Mets added two more in the sixth. Josh Satin and John Buck drew back-to-back walks before Lagares chased Phillies starter John Lannan (0-2) with an RBI double. Buck scored on Omar Quintanilla 's sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Byrd hit an RBI double in the seventh after Wright's triple.
Mets relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon closed it out, handing the Phillies their seventh shutout of the season.
NOTES: Harvey is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia. ... The Mets beat the Phillies for the third time in their last 13 meetings. ... Revere went 0 for 3, ending his 12-game hitting streak. ... Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez struck out the side in order in the eighth in his major league debut. ... Over the last eight games, the Mets' bullpen has limited opponents to two earned runs in 27 innings (0.67 ERA). ... The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip beginning with a three-game series in San Diego on Monday, when Cliff Lee takes the mound. ... The Mets are off Monday before starting a two-game set with the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday, when top prospect Zack Wheeler will make his second big league start.