April 13, 2013: Harvey Leads Mets Past Twins

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Date: April 13, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 4
Twins: 2
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Marlon Byrd, Justin Turner
Key play: Byrd’s home run

The Mets faced the Twins on a Saturday afternoon in Minnesota. The teams played in 35-degree weather at Target Field. Matt Harvey pitched two-hit ball over eight innings in a 4-2 Mets win.

Harvey and the Twins’ Scott Diamond each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Matt surrendered only two walks while Diamond limited the Mets to a single by Daniel Murphy and a double by Justin Turner. Leading off the top of the fifth, Marlon Byrd homered for the first run of the game. Ike Davis singled and was out at second base on a throw by left fielder Josh Willingham to second baseman Brian Dozier. Turner hit a single and advanced to third on Ruben Tejada’s double to left field. Ensuing singles by Collin Cowgill and Murphy plated Turner and Tejada, respectively. David Wright singled against Minnesota reliever Josh Roenicke to bring home Cowgill for a 4-0 Mets lead. John Buck grounded out to shortstop Eduardo Escobar and a walk to Lucas Duda loaded the bases. Roenicke struck out Byrd to finish off the inning. Harvey then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Roenicke and Harvey each hurled a perfect sixth inning. Twins’ reliever Casey Fien retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Justin Morneau slugged a solo home run for the first Minnesota hit of the game. Ryan Doumit grounded out to second baseman Murphy to end the inning and Fien set down the Mets on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the top of the eighth. Dozier got a two-out single for the second hit against Harvey in the bottom half. Matt then retired Escobar on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Baxter for the inning’s final out.

Minnesota’s Jared Burton yielded just a single to Turner in the top of the ninth. For New York, reliever Bobby Parnell threw a called third strike past Aaron Hicks to begin the bottom half. Joe Mauer followed with a double to center field. An ensuing double by Willingham scored Mauer with the Twins’ second run. Morneau was retired on a fly ball to Baxter. Parnell then got Doumit on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Harvey recorded his third win in as many starts to begin the season.