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Connecticut’s Harvey Stymies Padres

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San Diego Padres v New York Mets

By HOWIE RUMBERG    AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings for his first win at Citi Field, Lucas Duda hit the first of the Mets’ three homers in a whipping wind and New York beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Wednesday night.

John Buck and Ike Davis also connected against homer-prone Clayton Richard in the Mets’ second straight romp over San Diego. They opened the season with an 11-2 win Monday.

David Wright added an RBI double and Duda doubled, reached base three times and scored twice in a game that began with a wind chill of 32 degrees.

Making his 11th career start _ fifth at home _ the 24-year-old Harvey warmed up quickly in the frosty conditions in front of a crowd of 22,239. The Mets’ 2010 No. 1 draft pick (seventh overall) didn’t allow a baserunner until Everth Cabrera singled to center field leading off the fourth and faced 22 batters, one over the minimum.

The cool kid from New London, Conn., also singled in the second _ and did not ask for a jacket on the base paths. In fact, with the 22 mph wind ruffling his jersey, he was wearing an undershirt with sleeves that ended just below his elbows.

Harvey (1-0) picked Cabrera off first base when the speedy shortstop tried taking an extra stride in his lead while Will Venable was batting. Venable walked but Carlos Quentin hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Harvey walked Quentin with two outs in the seventh as paper wrappers swirled around the field.

The Mets hold up Harvey as a symbol for the direction this franchise is headed as one of several highly touted young arms in the organization. He hasn’t disappointed since getting the call July 26. He went 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts and is now filling the No. 2 starter role with Johan Santana out for the season because of shoulder surgery.

Duda hit a laser line drive into the second deck in right field in the second after Marlon Byrd singled off Richard (0-1). Duda doubled in the fourth ahead of Buck’s homer.

With the flags atop the stadium stiffly pointing toward right, Buck lofted an opposite-field fly ball that landed in the netting just beyond the right field fence to make it 4-0.

Buck also had an RBI single three batters after Davis crushed a ball just short of the bridge beyond the bullpens in right-center. Davis was 0 for 7 before the homer.

Richard was troubled by the longball last year, giving up an NL-high 31 in 33 starts and this was a discouraging first start to 2013. He was lifted after walking Byrd in the fifth and allowed seven hits and eight runs _ seven earned _ in 4 1-3 innings.

Cameron Maybin had an RBI groundout in the eighth off Greg Burke to end the shutout. Nick Hundley had an RBI double in a three-run ninth.

NOTES: Mets RHP Shaun Marcum will have his neck and shoulder examined by team doctors in New York on Thursday. Aaron Laffey likely will start in Marcum’s place Sunday. … Padres prospect Casey Kelly, a key piece in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in December 2010, had Tommy John surgery Tuesday on his right elbow. Manager Bud Black said the operation went as planned and that Kelly will begin to follow the protocol for rehabilitation that generally takes about a year. … The Padres said opening day Monday against the Dodgers was sold out except for some single seats.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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