SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Matt Harvey was hardly satisfied after his latest steady start led to another no-decision.
The New York Mets ace allowed two runs over six innings before Will Venable hit a leadoff homer in the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory Sunday.
“Matt pitched great,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Cripes, they got a bloop single, an infield single and we’re in trouble. He’s done what he’s done all year for us and that’s pitch very well.”
Harvey rebounded from a subpar outing in Los Angeles. He gave up six hits and struck out six to increase his NL-leading total to 187, five more than Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The right-hander, who did not walk a batter, had his 16th no-decision but lowered his ERA to 2.25, second-best in the majors behind Kershaw’s 1.80.
“It wasn’t until that sixth inning I felt back to normal,” Harvey said. “I know the first five innings and my last start, I was feeling for something. The sixth inning, I felt like it was me again and back in control.”
Harvey lost his previous start 4-2 to the Dodgers, giving up four runs and eight hits in six innings with a season-low three strikeouts.
San Diego tied the score at 2 against Harvey after Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth and Nick Hundley singled. Following a sacrifice bunt, Venable’s infield single brought home one run and Alexi Amarista’s sacrifice fly knocked in the second.
“It’s been happening quite a bit,” Harvey said about the no-decisions. “I need to go out and not give up runs like I did in the fifth inning. If I don’t do that, maybe I’m still in the game.”
Venable drove a 1-2 pitch from Pedro Feliciano (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole for his team-high 17th home run, increasing his career high. Venable extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
“He went down and got it,” Feliciano said. “It was low, but in, and kind of went middle-in, and he dove and got it straight up and it went out. It was surprising.”
Huston Street (1-4) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
New York split the four-game series and is 4-6 on an 11-game road trip, its longest of the season.
Yonder Alonso led off the San Diego eighth with a walk against Gonzalez German and went to third on Chase Headley’s one-out double. Chris Denorfia’s infield single scored Alonso to tie the score 3-all.
Feliciano relieved and, after a groundout, intentionally walked Hundley to load the bases. Jaff Decker flied out to end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Andrew Brown followed a two-out double by Omar Quintanilla with an RBI double off the center-field fence against Eric Stults in the seventh to put the Mets ahead 3-2.
Stults permitted three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Justin Turner reached on a one-out double in the New York first and scored on Marlon Byrd’s double. Wilmer Flores added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
NOTES: Collins hasn’t decided who will fill RHP Jenrry Mejia’s spot in the rotation. Mejia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sore right elbow, and New York called up RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas. Asked if Mejia’s season might be over due to a bone spur, Collins said: “I can’t say I know for sure, but it certainly doesn’t look very good. There has been plans to do surgery on his bone spurs in the offseason, and now I would assume more sooner than later.” … The slumping Headley, who was given Saturday off, batted fifth for the first time this season. … The Mets head to Minnesota to play a makeup game Monday afternoon, with RHP Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79 ERA) facing RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27).
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