August 7, 2013: Harvey Shuts Out Rockies

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Date: August 7, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 5
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Omar Quintanilla, John Buck, Wilmer Flores
Key play: Quintanilla’s and Buck’s singles, Flores’s double

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Matt Harvey pitched a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Colorado.

Harvey set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin hurled a scoreless bottom half and Matt gave up just a single to Wilin Rosario in the top of the second. Wilmer Flores singled for his first major league hit with one out in the bottom of the inning. Flores advanced to third base on John Buck’s single and came home on a single by Omar Quintanilla. Harvey then hit a ground ball to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a double play that ended the inning.

After a scoreless third, Harvey yielded only a single to Michael Cuddyer in the top of the fourth. Ike Davis hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Flores grounded out to second baseman D. J. LeMahieu and a single by Buck brought home Davis for a 2-0 Mets lead. Chacin then retired Quintanilla on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler for the inning’s final out.

Harvey and Chacin each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Nolan Arenado hit a single with one out in the top of the eighth. LeMahieu followed with a ground ball to shortstop Quintanilla for an inning-ending double play and Juan Lagares drew a one-out walk against Colorado reliever Manny Corpas in the bottom half. Daniel Murphy flied out to center fielder Charlie Blackmon and a ground-rule double by Marlon Byrd ensued. Davis was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Flores connected for a double that plated Lagares, Byrd and Davis for a five-run New York lead. Corpas then got Buck to hit a grounder to third baseman Arenado for the third out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Corey Dickerson grounded out to Quintanilla to open the top of the ninth. Fowler was retired on a grounder to Quintanilla and a single by Blackmon followed. With Tulowitzki at bat, Blackmon advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Harvey then retired Tulowitzki on a pop-up to second baseman Murphy to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Matt’s four-hitter.