NEW YORK - Matt Harvey threw seven masterful innings of one-hit ball and Lucas Duda, John Buck and Ike Davis all hit two-run homers Tuesday night as the New York Mets routed the San Diego Padres, 8-4, in front of a chilled announced crowd of 22,239 at Citi Field.
The Mets have outscored the Padres 19-6 in improving to 2-0 for the second straight year. The Padres are 0-2 for the second consecutive season.
Making just his 11th big league start, Harvey picked up where he left off last year, when he tossed seven innings of one-hit ball in his final outing of the season against the Phillies on Sept. 19.
On Wednesday, Harvey struck out 10 and was in complete command of the Padres from the start. He walked just two, went to a three-ball count on two other batters and faced one batter over the minimum.
He gave the sparse crowd reason to hope it might see the second no-hitter in team history with a dominant first trip through the order. 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.
But Everth Cabrera ended any hopes of history with a clean single leading off the fourth. Harvey continued to face the minimum number of batters though, by promptly picking off Cabrera, walking Will Venable and inducing Carlos Quentin into a 5-4-3 double play. Harvey didn't go over the minimum until walking Quentin, the next-to-last batter he faced, in the seventh.
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.
Richard was yanked after walking the next batter, Marlon Byrd, and John 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, Will 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 Tuesday due to the continuing discomfort. The Mets hoped Marcum could pitch Sunday against the Marlins, but manager Terry Collins said Aaron Laffey will likely get the call. ... With a game-time temperature of 44 degrees and the wind swirling at 21 mph, the April cold was a topic of discussion during the pre-game news conferences for both Collins and Padres manager Bud Black. "It's easier to pitch when it's 70 [degrees] with no wind," said Black, who went 121-116 in 15 big league seasons. Collins said the cold would become an issue for Harvey if he had to sit during a "20-minute half-inning." ... 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 while the Padres were 7-6.