Another one could mean his first road victory in almost two months.
Harvey could use some help from his offense as he attempts to rebound from another road defeat in his first visit to pitcher-friendly Petco Park on Sunday.
It took little time for Harvey (9-4, 2.23 ERA) to establish himself as a bona fide ace for New York (56-65), giving the club hope for the future in what appears to be a fifth straight losing season.
The 24-year-old right-hander's rise began with an outstanding effort in an 8-4 win over San Diego (55-68) on April 3. He struck out 10 and limited the Padres to one hit in seven innings, only adding to the hype and hope for a franchise looking to forge an identity beyond injured third baseman David Wright .
Harvey has a 1.77 ERA in five starts since starting the All-Star game last month. However, he has just a 2-2 record to show for it since he's been backed by one or no runs in three of those outings.
He's also 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA over his last four road games. That stretch continued with Tuesday's 4-2 defeat to the red-hot Dodgers, during which Harvey gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.
"I was pretty inconsistent. I just couldn't locate anything," Harvey said. "When I tried to go in, it was over the middle. When I tried to go away, I was yanking it a bit. And when you're not hitting your spots and making quality pitches against a team like that, they're going to put the ball in play."
The Mets hope for an improved effort from Harvey after falling 8-2 to the Padres on Saturday following victories in the first two of this four-game set.
He'll have to contend with the hot-hitting Will Venable , who is batting .375 during a career-high 14-game hitting streak - the longest active run in the majors.
The outfielder kept the streak going Saturday, matching his personal best with four hits and scoring three runs. His only hit in five at-bats versus Harvey was a triple, but he's also fanned three times.
Nick Hundley , who has struck out in both appearances against Harvey, had a two-run homer and a single Saturday after missing three games while on the paternity list, as his wife gave birth to their first child Thursday.
"That's the best moment of my career by far," Hundley said of his career-high 10th homer. "I couldn't stop smiling. I thought about my daughter and got a little emotional on the bench."
The Padres are scheduled to counter Harvey with Eric Stults (8-10, 3.68), who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five career starts versus the Mets. He's won the last two, allowing one unearned run in 10 innings.
The left-hander beat them April 4, striking out seven in five scoreless innings of a 2-1 win at New York.
Stults, though, hasn't come close to being that effective of late, going 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA over his last five starts after winning his previous two while allowing two runs in 15 innings.
He gave up five runs and a career high-tying 11 hits with three walks in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-5 win at Colorado on Tuesday.
|New York Mets|
|August 17, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||Day-to-Day||Right elbow discomfort|
|August 10, 2013||Jeremy Hefner||15-Day DL||Partially torn ligament, right elbow|
|August 03, 2013||David Wright||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 02, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|July 31, 2013||Bobby Parnell||15-Day DL||Neck stiffness|
|July 30, 2013||Josh Edgin||15-Day DL||Ribcage stress fracture|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- This might be the Will Venable that the San Diego Padres have been waiting on for quite some time.
Venable hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to give San Diego a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.
He sent a 1-2 slider from Pedro Feliciano (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole for his team-high 17th home run, increasing his career high.
"I bunted (Saturday night) and I got a chance to see some sliders from (Feliciano)," Venable said. "I had an idea what it looked like. He threw me two fastballs before that pitch. In the back of my mind, I was hoping he was going to throw me a slider and he threw one that caught enough of the plate and I hit it out."
Venable, who also drove in a run in the fifth, extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
"Will's amazing with the way he has been swinging," Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults said. "It's not only swinging the bat but it's his defensive play and stealing bases. He's doing everything. He's playing like a five-tool player. When he comes to bat, we're expecting him to do something and (Sunday) he did."
Venable, the Padres' talented but enigmatic outfielder, followed a four-hit game in an 8-2 win Saturday night with his first career game-ending homer.
"He went down and got it," Feliciano said. "It was low, but in, and kind of went middle-in, and he dove and got it straight up and it went out. It was surprising."
Huston Street (1-4) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
Matt Harvey tossed six solid innings for the Mets and regained the NL lead in strikeouts. New York split the four-game series and is 4-6 on an 11-game road trip, its longest of the season.
Harvey, who did not walk a batter, had his 16th no-decision but lowered his ERA to 2.25, second-best in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw 's 1.80.
"It's been happening quite a bit," Harvey said about the no-decisions. "I need to go out and not give up runs like I did in the fifth inning. If I don't do that, maybe I'm still in the game."
The 30-year-old Venable is playing in his fourth full season with San Diego and has played parts of five seasons with the club. But he has never experienced the kind of success he has had this season, particularly in the second half.
Since the All-Star break, Venable is hitting .370 in 27 games. The lefty's last three homers have come off left-handers after he hit only five in his career against southpaws before his current streak.
Venable said he has "focused on my rhythm at the plate, which allows me to throw everything out the window as far as going up there with a check list trying to figure out what I am doing physically."
"I'm going up there and just seeing the ball and hitting it," he said.
Said Padres manager Bud Black : "He has conviction in what he is doing."
Yonder Alonso led off the San Diego eighth with a walk against Gonzalez German and went to third on Chase Headley 's one-out double. Chris Denorfia 's infield single scored Alonso to tie the score 3-all.
Feliciano relieved and, after a groundout, intentionally walked Nick Hundley to load the bases. Jaff Decker flied out to end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Andrew Brown followed a two-out double by Omar Quintanilla with an RBI double off the center-field fence against Eric Stults in the seventh to put the Mets ahead 3-2.
Harvey rebounded from a subpar outing, allowing two runs and six hits. He struck out six to increase his season total to 187, five more than Kershaw.
The right-hander lost his previous start 4-2 to the Dodgers, giving up four runs and eight hits in six innings with a season-low three strikeouts.
Stults permitted three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Justin Turner reached on a one-out double in the New York first and scored on Marlon Byrd 's double. Wilmer Flores added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
San Diego tied the score at 2 after Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth and Hundley singled. Following a sacrifice bunt, Venable's infield single brought home one run and Alexi Amarista 's sacrifice fly knocked in the second.
NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't decided who will fill RHP Jenrry Mejia 's spot in the rotation. Mejia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sore right elbow, and New York called up RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas. Asked if Mejia's season might be over due to a bone spur, Collins said: "I can't say I know for sure, but it certainly doesn't look very good. There has been plans to do surgery on his bone spurs in the offseason, and now I would assume more sooner than later." ... The slumping Headley, who was given Saturday off, batted fifth for the first time this season. ... The Mets head to Minnesota to play a makeup game Monday afternoon, with RHP Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79 ERA) facing RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27). ... San Diego hosts Pittsburgh on Monday night, with RHP Andrew Cashner (8-7, 3.87) facing Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (13-5, 2.68).