NEW YORK -- Catcher John Buck, fresh off his second game with the New York Mets, flashed a surprised grin as a group of reporters began dispersing around him after just a couple minutes of questions and answers.
"You guys are easy today," Buck said.
Not as easy as Matt Harvey made it for Buck and the rest of the Mets.
Harvey struck out 10 batters in seven masterful innings of one-hit ball and Buck, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis all hit two-run homers as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 in front of a chilled crowd of 22,239 at Citi Field.
The Mets have outscored the Padres 19-3 in improving to 2-0 for the second straight year. The Padres are 0-2 for the second consecutive season.
Using every part of his four-pitch arsenal, Harvey was in complete command in his 11th big-league start. Harvey walked just two, got to a three-ball count on two other batters and faced one batter over the minimum.
"With his changeup and the effectiveness of his curveball and his slider -- I mean, he's still throwing 97-98 (mph fastballs) -- this guy's got every weapon you could possibly need to get people out," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
He's got the intangibles, too, that can turn a talented pitcher into an ace. Harvey -- who had a 2.73 ERA last year, the fourth-best mark in team history for a rookie who made at least 10 starts -- impressed the Mets by showing up to spring training with the changeup in his arsenal.
Harvey also carries himself with a quiet confidence and determination that has endeared him to people throughout the organization.
"He's got great confidence in who he is and what he is and he likes to be out there," Collins said, "He loves to compete, and there's going to be a night, in warmer weather, where it's going to be a game where maybe it's out of control (and) he ain't coming out. I can tell you there'll be a huge argument to take him out."
There was no argument on a 44-degree night Wednesday, when Harvey admitted to Collins that he was "freezing" after the seventh inning and had to be content with opening this season like he finished last year, when he allowed one hit in seven innings in his final start against the Phillies on Sept 19.
"Coming into this year, I wanted to pick up from last year," Harvey said. "I think I did that pretty well tonight. But tonight was one start and there's 30 more, so after tonight it's forgotten about and it's time to move on to the Phillies (whom he faces Monday)."
Harvey retired the first nine batters he faced, five by strikeout, and got a first-pitch strike on the final eight men in that sequence.
"He did a good job, he got in the zone really quick," said Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who was the only Padres starter to put the ball into play against Harvey in all three of his at-bats. "He was throwing strikes right off the get-go. He did a good job and we were swinging at strikes; we just weren't able to hit them."
Two-run homers in the second and fourth by Duda and Buck provided Harvey plenty of cushion before the Mets chased Padres starter Clayton Richard with a four-run fifth. David Wright's RBI double scored Daniel Murphy, after which Davis launched a monstrous blast to the bridge in right-center field off Richard, who allowed an NL-high 31 homers last year.
"If (Duda and Davis) are swinging the bats like they can and driving in runs, hitting the ball in the seats, it's going to be a tough lineup to get through," Collins said. "There's going to be no breaks, because John Buck can do it. We know Marlon (Byrd) can do it. David can do it."
Richard was yanked after walking the next batter, Byrd, and Buck's RBI single off Andrew Cashner extended the Mets' lead to 8-0.
Richard allowed all eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one. Cashner retired the final eight batters he faced in his 2 2/3-inning relief stint.
The Padres ended the shutout in the eighth, when Jedd Gyorko and Nick Hundley greeted Greg Burke with singles. Gyorko came around to score on consecutive fielder's choice groundouts by Alexi Amarista and Cameron Maybin.
The Padres scored three times off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Quentin delivered a sacrifice fly, Venable scored on a two-out throwing error by Ruben Tejada, and Gyorko, who reached on Tejada's error, scored on Hundley's RBI double.
NOTES: Mets pitcher Shawn Marcum, who is on the 15-day disabled list with neck and shoulder pain, is scheduled to undergo further testing Thursday in New York. He was scratched from a simulated game in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. The Mets hoped Marcum could pitch Sunday against the Marlins, but manager Terry Collins said Aaron Laffey will likely get the call. ... Black said Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who is on the disabled list with a fractured thumb, should have X-rays soon to measure his progress. Headley took one-handed swings in the batting cage Wednesday. ... The Mets entered Wednesday 6-7 in the second game of the season in the 2000s; the Padres were 7-6.