May 1, 2015: Harvey Leads Shutout of Nationals

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Date: May 1, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 4
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Cuddyer’s home run, Murphy’s double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 33,178 fans on hand. Matt Harvey pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-0 Mets win over Washington.

Harvey and the Nats’ Max Scherzer each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Matt yielded only two singles and a double while Scherzer recorded three strikeouts and held the Mets without a hit. Harvey gave up just a double to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Michael Cuddyer connected for a home run and a 1-0 Mets lead. Daniel Murphy singled and Wilmer Flores went down on strikes. Scherzer then fanned Dilson Herrera to end the inning.

Harvey shut down the Nationals again in the top of the fifth. Scherzer yielded just a double to Curtis Granderson in the bottom half and Bryce Harper drew a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. With Zimmerman at bat, Harper was caught stealing on catcher Kevin Plawecki’s throw to second baseman Herrera to close out the inning. Scherzer then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Harvey gave up just a single to Wilson Ramos in the top of the seventh. Scherzer yielded only a single to Plawecki in the bottom of the inning and Mets’ relievers Alex Torres and Jeurys Familia combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda got back-to-back singles against Washington reliever Matt Thornton with one out in the bottom half. Against the Nats’ Blake Treinen, Cuddyer drew a walk that loaded the bases. Murphy hit a double to drive home Lagares, Duda and Cuddyer for a four-run Mets lead. Treinen then struck out Flores and retired Herrera on a grounder to third baseman Yunel Escobar for the inning’s final out.

Jayson Werth grounded out to Herrera to begin the top of the ninth. Harper went down on strikes. Familia then retired Zimmerman on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.