The Mets (59-72) are headed toward their fifth straight losing season, and it got even worse when they found out Harvey's MRI revealed a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that will likely sideline him for the rest of 2013.
Harvey had a 2.27 ERA and was vying to follow R.A. Dickey as New York's second straight Cy Young winner, but his spot in the rotation will now be filled by Torres.
Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA) hasn't started since giving up eight runs and nine hits in three innings of a 14-1 loss to Washington on July 28. The right-hander posted a 2.65 ERA in 13 relief appearances since, most recently going two-thirds of an inning in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies.
Philadelphia's Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33) went two-thirds of an inning in his last outing as well - but that was a start. The rookie right-hander allowed three runs and three hits while walking three - all coming after he retired the first two batters - in Saturday's 12-7, 18-inning loss to Arizona.
He's pitched five innings or fewer in four of his five starts.
Martin has struck out 23 in 21 1-3 innings, though, and will look to bounce back against a Mets team that has struck out the third-most among NL clubs.
Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores each fanned three times in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies (61-72), who have won eight of 11 after dropping their first two under interim manager Ryne Sandberg . Carlos Ruiz homered and is hitting .447 during the team's hot stretch.
Chase Utley went 2 for 5 after going 1 for 17 over his previous five.
New York has been outscored 32-13 while losing six of seven. Justin Turner had two hits Wednesday, but the Mets left 14 men on base and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets will look to get some help from Matt den Dekker, who was called up Tuesday and will make his major league debut in this contest. The center fielder hit .296 with six homers and 38 RBIs in 53 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Manager Terry Collins said den Dekker and Juan Lagares , the regular center fielder, will wind up playing the outfield together at times.
"We're talking about the possibility of doing that (Thursday)," Collins told the team's official website. "I'm not sure it's going to happen (Thursday), but Matt's going to play (center on Thursday). I don't think it's really fair to Matt to play him in a game in a position he's not comfortable in."
New York has dropped nine of its last 12 home meetings with Philadelphia.
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||60-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|New York Mets|
|August 27, 2013||Matt Harvey||15-Day DL||Torn right UCL - out for season|
|August 26, 2013||Matt Harvey||Day-to-Day||Torn right elbow ligament|
|August 18, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||15-Day DL||Right elbow discomfort|
|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|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey himself would have a hard time topping that.
Carlos Torres did his best imitation of the All-Star ace, carrying a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning for the New York Mets in an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
Daniel Murphy had four hits, Eric Young Jr. got three and Anthony Recker launched a two-run homer on his 30th birthday as the Mets busted loose for their most runs since routing Washington 11-0 in the first game of a July 26 doubleheader.
"It started with Torres. He threw the ball so well," Murphy said. "He's done such a great job of any role we've asked him to do."
Torres (3-2) pitched in place of Harvey, diagnosed Monday with a partially torn elbow ligament, and gave the Mets everything they could have hoped for in helping them earn a four-game series split.
"I don't really think of it like that. I think of it as, I'm just another pitcher," Torres said. "There is no replacing Harvey whatsoever."
Three days after making a brief relief appearance, Torres struck out six and walked none over 6 2-3 innings. He yielded four hits and left to a warm ovation from the crowd of 22,008 following Darin Ruf 's long sacrifice fly.
"It's an audition every time you go out there," Torres said. "I'm just trying to show them that I'm willing to do anything."
It was Torres' fourth start for New York and first since getting hit hard July 28 in Washington. But the other three have been very effective, and he owns a 1.56 ERA in 23 games out of the bullpen.
"I've been very impressed with the way he's gone about his job because of all the dancing around. That's hard," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
New York finished 3-6 on a tumultuous homestand that included news of Harvey's injury and a trade that sent veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh. Harvey hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery that would probably sideline him for all of next season, but the Mets said no decision will be made until the right-hander is re-examined in a few weeks after the swelling subsides.
Phillies starter Ethan Martin (2-3) struck out a career-high nine, including five in a row.
After getting only two outs against Arizona in his previous outing, the right-hander lasted four innings this time. He was hurt by a leadoff walk in the fourth and Recker's long home run.
"He really seemed to hit a wall in the fourth. For a guy like him, it's late in the season," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Once he lost his feel, it was time to get him out of there."
Philadelphia lost for the 15th time in 18 road games and fell to 8-6 under Sandberg.
Young made it 10-1 with a bases-loaded triple in a four-run seventh, giving him a career-high three RBIs on one swing of the bat. Andrew Brown hit a solo homer in the eighth and drove in two runs.
New York scored in six straight innings for the first time in one game since an 18-4 win at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005, according to STATS.
Murphy, refreshed by a rest on Wednesday night, singled in the first and put the Mets ahead with an RBI double in the third. He added a pop-fly double in the fifth and an RBI single with two outs in the sixth.
Justin Turner drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and Recker hit a long drive just inside the left-field foul pole for his sixth home run.
"I wanted to throw the first pitch down and away. Instead I left it right down the middle of the plate," Martin said. "I've felt pretty decent almost every start. It just seems when I hit the 60-pitch mark, I kind of have a little struggle there. I need to get to 60-70 pitches and get past it."
Two innings later, Recker sprang out of his crouch and hustled for a diving grab of Roger Bernadina 's bunt in foul territory.
Buck's backup at catcher most of the season, Recker rarely played. He was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 20, four days after the Mets called up catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, and brought back Tuesday when the team traded Buck.
Murphy's wind-blown double in the fifth dropped in shallow right between stationary second baseman Chase Utley and a charging Ruf, a converted first baseman who also appeared to have trouble with the sun.
Brown followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.
It was Murphy's 10th career four-hit game, and fourth this season. Bernadina hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Gonzalez Germen .
NOTES: All-Star OF Domonic Brown (right heel) had two hits in his first start for the Phillies since Saturday. ... Pittsburgh sent RHP Vic Black to the Mets as the player to be named in the deal for Byrd and Buck. Drafted 49th overall in 2009, Black pitched in three games for the Pirates this season and had 17 saves with a 2.51 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis. ... Lucas Duda played 1B for the Mets, his first major league start since June 21. Duda was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... New York CF Matt den Dekker went 0 for 5 with a stolen base in his big league debut. Combined with d'Arnaud and Triple-A pitcher Jacob deGrom, the Mets have cornered the market on last names beginning with a lowercase "d."