Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 2

August, 14, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Matt Harvey looked mortal against baseball’s hottest team.

Harvey surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and the Mets lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.


Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressMatt Harvey allowed four runs in six innings.


L.A., which has won the first two games of the series, is now unbeaten in 16 straight series (12-0-4). The Dodgers are 39-8 since June 22.

Harvey wriggled free of danger for a while, benefiting from double plays in the second, third and fourth innings. He coaxed Yasiel Puig into an inning-ending twin-killing in the final of those frames, on a 3-0 count with two Dodgers on base.

Harvey’s good fortune ran out. He surrendered a two-run double to Nick Punto in the fifth and a two-run single to A.J. Ellis an inning later as the Dodgers took a 4-1 lead.

Harvey’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 95 pitches (61 strikes). His ERA climbed to 2.23.

The four runs allowed by Harvey (9-4) were one shy of matching his season high. He was charged with five runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 3. That also marked the last time Harvey had a multi-walk game. The three strikeouts matched Harvey’s career low.

The Mets’ lone run against Hyun-Jin Ryu came in the first inning, on a one-out homer by Juan Lagares into the left-field corner. John Buck had a ninth-inning RBI single.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82 ERA) opposes ex-Met Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50) in the 10:10 p.m. ET series finale Wednesday. Ike Davis is due to start against a southpaw for the first time since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas.
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173