By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Maybe a month in the minors was all Lucas
Duda hit a two-run homer, Matt Harvey had another sharp outing
and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Wednesday
night for their fourth straight win.
Duda, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, also made an
excellent catch in left field to preserve the lead and even stole a
“Just getting used to it again,” he said.
The Mets have won five straight in Philadelphia and seven of
eight overall this season.
Harvey (3-3) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out six in
6 1-3 innings. He also had an RBI single. The rookie has a 2.76 ERA
in seven starts.
“He has extraordinary stuff,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
“He pitched pretty well.”
Tyler Cloyd (0-1) was decent in his major league debut filling
in for Cole Hamels, who was scratched from the start because of a
Cloyd allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. The
25-year-old righty was 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in the minors this
season, including 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
“It was crazy fun. It was exciting,” Cloyd said.
Josh Edgin, Robert Carson and Jon Rauch combined to get five
outs before Frank Francisco finished for his 22nd save in 25 tries.
Both teams are tied for third place in the NL East. They trail
St. Louis by 10 games for the second wild-card spot with 32 games
remaining, making it unlikely they’ll be playing in the postseason.
The lead went back-and-forth over the first three innings until
Duda put the Mets up to stay with his 13th homer and first since
July 6 before he was sent down later that month. Duda faced Cloyd
in the minors.
“I knew he has a cutter and he spotted it,” Duda said.
After Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI double to put Philadelphia up 2-1
in the second, Duda ripped a line drive out to right to give the
Mets a 3-2 lead in the third.
Duda kept it at 3-2 with a running catch on Ryan Howard’s liner
to deep left with two on and two outs in the fifth.
“That was a play I should make,” he said. “It was nothing
Harvey helped himself in the second with a hit. Scott Hairston
led off with a double and scored on Harvey’s one-out single to left
to tie it at 1.
Harvey is 6 for 13 at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs.
“When you have runners in scoring position, you have to do
whatever you can to get them across,” Harvey said. “I got a pitch
I can hit.”
The Phillies went up 1-0 in the first on Howard’s sacrifice fly.
Juan Pierre lined a single off the right-field fence, advanced to
third on Chase Utley’s single and scored on Howard’s fly.
NOTES: The Mets have won seven games in Philadelphia in a season
for the first time since 1972 when they went 8-1 at old Veterans
Stadium. … Utley caused a stir before the game when he took
grounders at 3B. He hasn’t played there in 10 years, but is
considering trying it out to give the Phillies flexibility for next
year. … Phillies OF Domonic Brown wasn’t in the lineup for the
third time in four games because of a troublesome knee. … The
Phillies placed RHP Vance Worley on the disabled list and announced
he’ll have elbow surgery next month. … Cloyd drew a walk in his
first two plate appearances. … Duda has hit just four of his 13
homers away from spacious Citi Field. … Harvey is likely to make
about three more starts before he reaches an innings limit set for
him in his second professional season. … Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12
ERA) faces Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (10-7) in the series finale
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