SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Matt Harvey did not throw on Sunday like the
rookie pitcher who was so impressive in his first two major league
Harvey allowed two-run homers to Chase Headley and Yonder Alonso
and the San Diego Padres got a 7-3 win over the New York Mets.
Headley’s homer, his 15th, came in the first inning. Alonso hit
his sixth homer in the third to give San Diego a 5-0 lead.
Harvey (1-2), who set a Mets record when he struck out 11 in his
debut on July 26, struggled in his third start. He allowed five
runs and eight hits, including seven for extra bases. He walked one
and struck out five in five innings.
“When you make a mistake, they’re going to hit it,” Harvey
said. “(Sunday) they did and I just need to do a better job.”
Harvey struggled with control problems throughout his start
against the Padres.
“It was one of those days where I couldn’t find the strike zone
and when I did, it wasn’t quality,” Harvey said. “I wasn’t
executing like the last two starts.”
Harvey made his major-league debut with a 3-1 win at Arizona
when he allowed no runs in 5 1-3 innings. He lost his second start
4-1 at San Francisco on Tuesday despite allowing two earned runs in
“Obviously, the command of the fastball was the big
difference,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I just thought one
of the things he was effective with the last two times was locating
his fastball down in the zone. (Sunday) he was more in middle of
The Padres made an effort to be aggressive against Harvey after
watching his first two starts.
“We knew that he was a guy who likes his fastball and was going
to be around the plate,” Alonso said. “We were hopeful that he
was going to leave them up and we could put good swings on them.”
Carlos Quentin homered off reliever Ramon Ramirez. The solo shot
in the seventh was his 11th. Quentin also had an RBI double.
Jason Marquis (5-6) gave up Ruben Tejada’s single to open the
game and then retired 14 consecutive batters until he issued a
leadoff walk to Mike Baxter in the sixth.
Marquis rebounded from one of his worst outings of the season by
holding the Mets to three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He
had five strikeouts and one walk.
In his previous start, Marquis allowed seven runs and a season
high-tying three homers in 6 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 7-6 loss at
Huston Street, the last of three relievers, got the final three
outs to complete the five-hitter.
The Padres won for just the third time in nine games and tied a
season high with nine extra-base hits.
New York completed its season-high 11-game West Coast road trip
with a 6-5 record.
Ronny Cedeno hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth one out
after Baxter’s walk. It was the Mets’ eighth pinch-hit home run.
Tejada’s hit to lead off the game extended his career-high
hitting streak to 11 games.
Notes: Ten of Alonso’s past 16 hits have gone for extra bases.
… Cedeno’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career. The
other came with the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 6, 2007, at Milwaukee. …
Mets LHP Johan Santana pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab
start for Class A Brooklyn on Sunday. Santana allowed one hit with
one walk and three strikeouts against Auburn. Santana was placed on
the DL on July 21 with a right ankle sprain. … Highly touted Mets
prospect right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler will have to wait to
make his debut with Triple-A Buffalo. Wheeler’s scheduled start on
Sunday night was rained out. He will start the first game of
Monday’s doubleheader. Wheeler, acquired from San Francisco last
summer for outfielder Carlos Beltran and cash, was 10-6 with a 3.26
ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Binghamton. … Cubs LHP Travis Wood
(4-7, 4.90) will face Padres LHP Eric Stults (1-2, 3.19 ERA) on
Monday night in the opener of a three-game series. … The Mets are
off Monday before hosting Miami on Tuesday.
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