Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Phillies 2

April, 8, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Harvey is on the rise. Roy Halladay is on the decline. And the New York Mets now own a 5-2 record.

John Buck continued his torrid start with a three-run homer and Harvey limited the Philadelphia Phillies to one run in seven innings as Halladay was handed his first loss against the Mets in 12 years.

The final score Monday night at Citizens Bank Park: Mets 7, Phillies 2.

Harvey improved to 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA after allowing three hits and two walks and striking out nine in a 110-pitch effort. He has allowed only four hits in 14 innings this season.

Dwight Gooden tweeted during Monday's game: "I am sitting here watching @MattHarvey33 … this kid is better than advertised … looking forward to watching him every 5th day"

Through seven games, Mets starting pitchers have a 1.87 ERA (nine earned runs in 43 1/3 innings).

Halladay suffered his first loss against the Mets since July 16, 2001 at Shea Stadium, as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay had been 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA in eight previous starts with the Phillies against the Mets.

In four-plus innings, Halladay was charged with seven runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter as his ERA ballooned to 14.73. He repeatedly was behind in the count -- a far cry from the pinpoint control he has displayed through his career.

Buck now has three homers and 12 RBIs through seven games. Throw in an RBI on Sunday from Anthony Recker and the Mets have received 13 RBIs from their catchers. They received three homers and 48 RBIs from the catching position all of last season.

The Mets have homered in seven straight games, their longest streak to open a season since a franchise-record eight straight games with a homer to begin the 1987 campaign.

Ruben Tejada, batting with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth, contributed a two-run single against Chad Durbin with the count full to close the book on Halladay and push the Mets’ lead to 7-1. The Phillies’ bullpen has now allowed 12 of 13 inherited runners to score this season.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42 ERA) opposes left-hander Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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