Mets ace Matt Harvey slows Yankees in 8-2 win
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game, earning his first win against the team he rooted for growing up and leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory Saturday over the crosstown rival Yankees.
Kevin Plawecki hit his first major league home run and drove in three runs, and Lucas Duda and Eric Campbell also connected off an ineffective CC Sabathia (0-4).
Harvey (4-0) and the Mets rebounded from having their 11-game winning streak snapped in the Subway Series opener and kept pace with the 1986 team for best start in franchise history at 14-4.
Juan Lagares went 4 for 4 with an RBI triple for the Mets, who got six of their seven RBIs from the Nos. 6-9 batters.
In the first Harvey Day at Yankee Stadium, the young ace from Connecticut didn't disappoint. Coming off Tommy John surgery, he received a nice ovation from Mets fans when he took the field for the ninth.
With two outs, Harvey gave up just his fifth hit and second walk to push his pitch count to 107 and end his outing. He pointed at his chest and said "come on" as manager Terry Collins came to make the change of pitchers.
Harvey came within one out of his second complete game.
The Mets needed to wait an extra minute to celebrate 12th win in 13 games as the Yankees challenged a close play at second for the final out.
Harvey struck out seven and yielded Mark Teixeira's third homer of the series, a drive to lead off the seventh.
The buzzing crowd of 47,909 stirred for the Dark Knight's first time facing baseball's favorite villain: Harvey struck out Alex Rodriguez with an 89 mph curveball after A-Rod fouled a 97 mph fastball. He struck out Rodriguez in the ninth, too.
Pitching with his balky left ankle taped, Harvey looked nimble fielding his position. He bounded off the mound and made a barehanded grab of a bouncer toward third base by Brian McCann in the second, then fielded Rodriguez's sharp shot up the middle with an acrobatic shuffle to end the third.
The Yankees jumped out early Friday night in the opener of a much anticipated series between first-place Big Apple clubs for a 6-1 win. In this late afternoon start, the Mets broke things open after the shadows passed the pitcher's mound in the fourth inning to snap the Yankees' four-game winning run.
Duda lined a flat breaking pitch with two outs from Sabathia just over the wall in right field to open the scoring in the first.
Didi Gregorius was credited with a single when he bunted with Stephen Drew on second and second baseman Daniel Murphy was late to cover first base in the third inning. Jacoby Ellsbury followed by hitting into a double play that tied it 1-all.
The Mets got the lead right back against a fading Sabathia, scoring four times with two outs in the fourth. Lagares tripled in a run and Flores extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games with a blooped run-scoring single.
Plawecki then lined a shot into the left field stands for his first career RBIs.
Sabathia was lifted to boos after Campbell homered to right-center and Lagares singled to start the sixth. The big lefty, coming off an encouraging start in Detroit, allowed seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.
Mets: Reliever Vic Black wrote on his blog that doctors have figured out that what was thought to be shoulder weakness is actually nerve irritation caused by a herniated disc in his neck. Black has been shut down for several days in his rehab.
Yankees: Off to a poor start, OF Carlos Beltran was given a rest day. Manager Joe Girardi says there is nothing physically wrong with Beltran, who turned 38 Friday.
Mets: LHP Jonathon Niese is on a career-best run of allowing two runs or less for seven straight starts dating to last season. In his previous start, Niese allowed a run in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA this year.
Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi is coming off his first win with the Yankees, giving up one run and eight hits in seven innings against Detroit. With Miami he was 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA against the Mets.
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