April 8, 2013: Harvey and Buck Stifle Phils

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Date: April 8, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 7
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, John Buck, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Buck’s home run, Tejada’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Matt Harvey and John Buck led the way to a 7-2 Mets win over the Phils.

Following a scoreless first inning, Marlon Byrd doubled against Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay with one out in the top of the second. Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch and Buck homered to put the Mets ahead, 3-0. Ruben Tejada drew a walk and Harvey went down on strikes. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded back to Halladay to finish off the inning. Harvey then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Daniel Murphy drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third. David Wright grounded out to third baseman Michael Young and a line drive by Ike Davis was caught by first baseman Ryan Howard. Byrd drew a walk and Duda singled to drive home Murphy with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Buck hit a force play grounder to Young that ended the inning and Humberto Quintero singled to begin the bottom half. Harvey then threw a called third strike past Halladay and got Ben Revere on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy for an inning-ending double play.

Halladay set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom half, Jimmie Rollins doubled and advanced to third base on an infield single by Chase Utley. Howard followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Rollins for the Phillies’ first run and Harvey retired the next two batters to end the inning. Murphy hit a ground rule double against Halladay to lead off the top of the fifth. Daniel went to third on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Wright. Davis singled to send Wright to third and Philadelphia reliever Chad Durbin struck out Byrd. Duda walked to load the bases and Buck popped out to second baseman Utley. Tejada hit a single that plated Wright and Davis, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Durbin retired Harvey on a grounder to catcher Quintero for the inning’s third out. Matt then struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half.

Harvey and Phils’ reliever Jeremy Horst each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Philadelphia’s Raul Valdes pitched a perfect top of the eighth and Erik Kratz hit a ground rule double against the Mets’ Josh Edgin to open the bottom half. Revere and Rollins followed with consecutive ground outs to shortstop Tejada that brought around Kratz with the Phillies’ second run. Edgin retired Utley on a fly ball to left fielder Duda to close out the inning. Valdes then shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth.

Howard flied out to Duda to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Young was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Collin Cowgill. Edgin then threw a called third strike past Domonic Brown to end the game. The Mets had a victory in their first road game of the season.