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Rapid Reaction: Mets 8, Yankees 2

4/25/2015



NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey put the New York Mets right back on track a day after a franchise-record-matching winning streak ended.

Lucas Duda, Kevin Plawecki and Eric Campbell homered against CC Sabathia and Harvey allowed two runs and came within one out of his second career complete game as the Mets beat the New York Yankees 8-2 on Saturday in the Bronx. The Mets have won 12 of 13.

At 14-4, the Mets continue to own the best record in the majors.

Plawecki delivered his first major league homer -- a two-run shot to cap the scoring in a four-run fourth. The long ball gave the Mets a 5-1 lead against Sabathia. The rookie catcher finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. The three long balls produced by the Mets are the most since a five-homer game at Cincinnati on Sept. 5, 2014.

Juan Lagares had an RBI triple and Wilmer Flores a run-scoring single ahead of Plawecki’s homer in the fourth. Lagares had a 4-for-4 day, matching his career high for hits.

Harvey improved to 4-0, matching teammate Bartolo Colon for the National League’s best record. After lasting six innings in each of his first three starts, this time Harvey was more efficient. He returned for the ninth with his pitch count at 91. He nearly completed the game, but was pulled with his pitch count at 107 after two Yankees reached with two outs. Harvey was still firing fastballs at 98 mph in the final inning. It nonetheless marked his longest outing since an Aug. 7, 2013, shutout against the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets had indicated they would be conservative with Harvey’s pitch counts in April, and seemingly intended to hold him to the mid-90s in pitches during games this month. Still, Harvey will get an extra day of rest before his next outing because Rafael Montero will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to make a start on Tuesday in Miami.

Harvey limited the Yankees (10-8) to a run-scoring, double-play groundout by Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning and a solo homer by Mark Teixeira in the seventh.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (2-0, 1.50 ERA) opposes right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12) in Sunday’s 8:05 p.m. ET rubber game. ESPN will televise the Subway Series finale.