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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 2

8/14/2013

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 Press

Matt 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.