May 17, 2013: Harvey Wins Own Game With Single

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Date: May 17, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 3
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Matt Harvey, Marlon Byrd
Key play: Wright’s and Murphy’s home runs, Harvey’s single, Byrd’s throw

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the opener of a weekend series at Wrigley Field. Matt Harvey recorded his fifth win of the season and hit a run-scoring single to put the Mets ahead to stay in a 3-2 victory.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, David Wright homered to give the Mets a one-run lead. Cubs’ starter Edwin Jackson fanned Ike Davis for the third out and Starlin Castro got a one-out single against Harvey in the bottom half. Anthony Rizzo doubled to advance Castro to third base. Alfonso Soriano singled to drive home Castro with the tying run. On Soriano’s hit, shortstop Ruben Tejada made an error that allowed Rizzo to score and put the Cubs ahead, 2-1. Harvey then retired Nate Schierholtz on a line drive to center fielder Rick Ankiel and struck out Luis Valbuena to end the inning.

Jackson and Harvey each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third. Leading off the top of the fourth, Daniel Murphy hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Wright singled and Davis followed with a ground ball to second baseman Darwin Barney for a double play. Lucas Duda hit a single and Jackson got John Buck to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Valbuena. Harvey then set down all three Chicago batters in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Ankiel doubled against Jackson with one out in the top of the seventh. Tejada was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Soriano. Harvey came to bat and delivered a single to drive home Ankiel, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Cubs’ reliever James Russell got pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd to fly out to Soriano and finish off the inning. Matt then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Russell shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Barney hit a leadoff single against Harvey in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Julio Borbon’s sacrifice bunt moved Barney to second base and Scott Rice came in to pitch for the Mets. David DeJesus greeted Rice with a single to right field. Trying to score on the hit, Barney was out at home via a throw by right fielder Byrd to catcher Buck. Mets’ reliever Greg Burke then retired Castro on a ground ball to third baseman Wright that closed out the inning.

Chicago’s Kyuji Fujikawa pitched a perfect top of the ninth. For the Mets, reliever Bobby Parnell got Rizzo on a fly ball to Byrd to open the bottom half. Soriano was retired on a grounder to Wright. Parnell then got Schierholtz to fly out to left fielder Mike Baxter and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Harvey’s own winning single.