Mets 5, Phillies 0

Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey threw seven sensational shutout innings Sunday afternoon and David Wright and Marlon Byrd provided him the only offense he'd need with back-to-back homers in the first inning of the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.
The Mets (43-51) won their second in a row and for the seventh time in their last 10 games. The Phillies (49-50) lost consecutive games for the first time since June 29-30.
Juan Lagares hit a three-run homer in the fourth to cap the scoring for the Mets, who received two hits apiece from Wright, Byrd and Lagares.
The story Sunday, though, was Harvey, who was at his electrifying best. Making his first appearance since starting for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, Harvey (8-2) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out 10.
Michael Young and Chase Utley, who had two of the three hits against Harvey, were the only Phillies who avoided striking out against Harvey.
It was the fourth time this season Harvey has struck out at least 10 batters while walking none, but the first time he's earned the win in such a start. In addition, Sunday marked the 12th time in 20 starts Harvey has allowed one run or less. He's 6-1 in those starts.
Much of the crowd of 32,127 was thinking no-hitter from the first inning, when most of Harvey's 17 pitches were fastballs clocked at 98 and 99 mph. He also threw a 93 mph slider and struck out Domonic Brown on an 88 mph curveball.
Harvey struck out the side in the third and capped the inning by striking out Jimmy Rollins on three pitches: A 99 mph fastball and a pair of 90 mph changeups.
Harvey's bid for history ended with one out in the fourth, when Utley laced a clean single over the glove of a leaping Daniel Murphy.
Utley, who was hit by a pitch in the first inning and advanced to second on a passed ball, was the only Phillies player to get into scoring position until the seventh when Delmon Young doubled with one out and went to third on a ground out by Kevin Frandsen.
John Mayberry followed with a shot into the left-centerfield gap, but Lagares ran it down to preserve the shutout. The crowd stood and roared as Harvey walked slowly off the mound.
Cliff Lee (10-4) took the loss for the Phillies after allowing all five runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out six.
NOTES: Mets utilityman Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) went 0-for-2 with a walk for Single-A Brooklyn on Saturday and was expected to play again for Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. Turner will likely be activated from the disabled list on Monday. The Mets carried 13 pitchers this weekend but manager Terry Collins said Sunday that a pitcher will likely be sent down to make room for Turner. ... The back-to-back homers by Wright and Byrd were the first of the season for the Mets. Turner and Wright were the last players to hit back-to-back homers for the Mets and that happened on Sept. 25. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, who underwent surgery May 15 to repair a rotator cuff tear and remove a bone spur, threw 20 pitches in the bullpen before Sunday's game. It was his first time on a mound since the surgery. Halladay, who went 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts before the operation, hopes to return to the Phillies' rotation in August. ... Lee allowed back-to-back homers twice in his previous start against the Nationals on July 10.

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