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Rapid Reaction: Mets 8, Phillies 0

6/23/2013

PHILADELPHIA -- The only thing that stopped Matt Harvey on Sunday was Mother Nature.

Topping out at 100 mph, Harvey tossed six scoreless innings and drove in a run as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-0, in Sunday’s rubber game at Citizens Bank Park.

After opening this trip with a series win in Atlanta, the Mets have now won consecutive series against different opponents for the first time since the season’s opening week.

Tom Mihalek/Associated Press

Matt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings before departing after a 20-minute rain delay.

The Mets (30-42) only trail the Phillies by four games for third place in the NL East.

Terry Collins decided to pull Harvey with the Mets leading by six runs and the right-hander’s pitch count at 72 after a 20-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh. Harvey (7-1) limited the Phillies to two hits and a walk while striking out six. He shaved his ERA to 2.05.

Harvey, Eric Young Jr. and David Wright all produced RBI doubles against John Lannan in the fifth to stake the Mets to a 4-0 lead.

The three-run frame began with Juan Lagares reaching on a three-base error by center fielder Ben Revere. The Phillies argued Revere caught Lagares’ shot and the drop was on the transfer for the throw, but second-base ump D.J. Reyburn ruled Revere did not demonstrate complete control.

Wright finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. It marked his first career game with four extra-base hits.

Wright's four extra-base hits tie the franchise record. It was last accomplished by Edgardo Alfonzo at Houston on August 30, 1999. Tim Bogar and Alex Ochoa are the only other Mets to have four extra-base hits in a game against the Phillies in franchise history.

Before the game became lopsided, Harvey maintained the Mets’ 1-0 lead in the fourth by stranding runners on the corners. Facing that predicament with one out, Harvey struck out Domonic Brown and coaxed an inning-ending groundball from Delmon Young.

Smooth: Josh Satin walked twice in five plate appearances. He has reached base in eight of his past 11 plate appearances.

What’s next: After an off-day, the Mets play a two-game interleague series at the Chicago White Sox. Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second major league start Tuesday night, opposite Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69). Wheeler traveled from Las Vegas to Chicago today to meet the club.