May 7, 2013: Harvey Leads One-Hit Shutout of Chisox

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Date: May 7, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 1
White Sox: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell, Mike Baxter
Key play: Baxter’s single in 10th

The Mets and White Sox played each other on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a two-game interleague series. Matt Harvey chalked up twelve strikeouts and faced 28 batters in pitching one-hit ball for nine innings. In the 10th, the Mets scored a run for a 1-0 win over Chicago.

Harvey set down the side in order from the first inning to the sixth. Matt recorded strikeouts of eight batters along the way. Meanwhile, the Mets were unable to score on four singles against the Sox’ Hector Santiago. To begin the top of the seventh inning, Alejandro De Aza went down on strikes. Jeff Keppinger grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada and an infield single by Alex Rios ended Harvey’s bid for a perfect game. Matt got Adam Dunn for his tenth strikeout to finish off the inning. Santiago then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Harvey set down all three White Sox hitters in the top of the eighth. Chicago’s Matt Lindstrom hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Dewayne Wise flied out to right fielder Andrew Brown to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Danks was struck out and Harvey fanned de Aza for his twelfth strikeout of the game to end the inning. Chisox’ reliever Nate Jones then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

For the Mets, reliever Bobby Parnell recorded two strikeouts of his own in pitching a perfect top of the 10th. Ike Davis drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Juan Lagares advanced Davis to second base. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter followed with a single that drove home Davis and brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with a one-hit shutout in extra innings.