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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers his first Major League Baseball pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 26: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers his first Major League Baseball pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX (AP) _ Matt Harvey, who grew up in New London and attended Fitch High School in Groton, dazzled in his major league debut, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 over 5 1-3 innings in the New York Mets’ 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Scott Hairston hit a two-run double and Andres Torres tripled
and scored for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing streak. New
York won for only the second time in 13 games since the All-Star
break, narrowly avoiding the fate of the 1962 club that went 1-14
to start the second half.

Harvey (1-0), the Mets’ top pick in the 2010 draft, set a
franchise record for strikeouts in a debut. He also doubled and
singled to become the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more
than 10 and collect a pair of hits in his first game.

He allowed only Jason Kubel’s soft single through the third base
hole, vacated on an infield shift, a double to Miguel Montero in
the second and Aaron Hill’s one out single in the third.

Harvey threw 106 pitches, 65 for strikes _ including his first
two major league pitches.

Gerardo Parra, who reached base on a wild pitch after striking
out, was the only Arizona hitter to reach third against the
24-year-old right-hander.

Bobby Parnell pitched around a pair of walks in the ninth for
his third save.

Arizona starter Wade Miley (11-6), the third straight 2012
All-Star the Mets have faced, gave up three runs on nine hits in 5
1-3 innings, his shortest outing since going 3 2-3 innings on June
30. The Diamondbacks have lost two straight after running off five
wins in a row.

With Harvey keeping the Diamondbacks in check, the Mets looked
like an entirely different club than they had been since the
All-Star break.

Ruben Tejada led off the game with a single to center, went to
third on a Daniel Murphy single to center and scored on Hairston’s
two-run double off the right field wall.

Torres made it 3-0 in the fourth when he tripled to center and
scored on Rob Johnson’s sacrifice fly to center, barely sliding
under a strong throw from Parra.

Kubel scored the Diamondbacks’ lone run in the eighth when he
was walked by Jon Rauch, went to third on a double by Paul
Goldschmidt and scored easily on Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly.

Tim Byrdak came on for Rauch and, after hitting Montero with a
pitch, struck out pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay with the tying runs on
first and second.

NOTES: Harvey became the first Mets pitcher to get a pair of
hits in his debut since David West on September 24, 1988. Harvey is
the 20th player from the 2010 draft to appear in a major league
game and joined Josh Edgin as the second Mets player from that
draft to make his debut. … New York had allowed four or more runs
in each of their past 13 games, the second-longest streak in
franchise history. … Montero has hit safely in 15 of his past 18
home games. … Arizona CF Chris Young, who has hit .294 since the
All-Star break to raise his average to .218, was given the night
off in favor of the left-handed Parra. … Before the game, the
Mets recalled Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo to take the place of
Mike Nickeas, who was optioned to Buffalo after Wednesday’s loss.
… LHP Jonathan Niese will take the mound for the Mets on Friday
against RHP Josh Collmenter. Niese gave up three earned runs in
five innings in his only previous start at Chase Field.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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