The New York Mets began their third series of the new season and first on the road with an impressive 7-2 victory over their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. The win was New York’s fifth in their first seven games of the new season.
The modest start to the Mets season with four of six wins at home against opponents San Diego and Miami may not have turned many heads in the last week but Tuesday’s night’s contest on the road in Philadelphia surely did. The nationally televised contest featured a matchup of New York’s rising 24 year old star Matt Harvey and Philadelphia’s 15 year veteran and two time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay. For the second time in as many tries, the Mets young pitching ace was in command over seven innings. Matt Harvey (2-0) coming off a hugely impressive first start last week ( 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 10 Ks against San Diego) held the division rival Phillies to only one run on three hits while striking out nine Tuesday evening.
The Mets offense gave their young stud plenty of support early when catcher John Buck hit a third inning three run blast to the opposite field with Marlon Byrd and Lucas Duda on base. Buck, in getting his third HR hit the ball so hard and far that right fielder Lance Nix only turned around in place to watch the final result which ended up about 15 rows back in the right field bleachers at Citizens Bank Park. New York scored their next run in the third inning when Lucas Duda delivered a single to center field driving home Daniel Murphy.
The Phillies scored the first and only run against Harvey this season with a fourth inning sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard, delivering Jimmy Rollins from third base. The Mets continued their offensive assault in the fifth when David Murphy hit a clean double to centerfield and moved to third on a wild pitch. After captain David Wright slapped a single past third baseman Michael Young for his fourth RBI of the season, Philadelphia skipper Charlie Manuel took the ball from Roy Halladay. Reliever Chad Durbin was unable to put out the fire when Ruben Tejada punched a hanging slider over second baseman Chase Utley driving in David Wright and Ike Davis. When the inning finally ended the Mets had a commanding 7-1 lead and Philadelphia’s number two starter had an unlikely 14.73 ERA after his first two outings of the 2013 season.
New York reliever Josh Edgin finished up for Harvey allowing one run on one hit over two innings giving the Mets their fifth win of the season and first on the road. The Mets, now 5-2 continue their series against Philadelphia Wednesday and Thursday before moving on to Minnesota for a weekend interleague matchup followed by four games in Colorado before returning home to Citifield on April 20th to play NL East powerhouse Washington.