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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Pirates 3, Mets 2

By Matt Ehalt



Not even Matt Harvey could rescue the Mets' punchless lineup this time.

The Mets lost a Harvey start for just the second time as their offense faltered in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Citi Field. Harvey recorded a no-decision and stayed undefeated, but the struggling bats couldn't come through in big spots late, particularly new cleanup hitter Ike Davis.

The Mets, who lost their third in a row to Pittsburgh, are now 6-2 in games Harvey starts.

NO HELP FOR HARVEY: Harvey didn't have his best stuff Sunday, but he still held Pittsburgh to two runs over seven innings. Spanning his last two outings, he has pitched a combined 16 innings and given up two runs, but has not won either game.

It was evident early Harvey didn't have the same stuff he had last time out against the White Sox, as the Pirates fouled off plenty of his pitches. In the third, when the Pirates plated two, he issued two rare four-pitch walks. Harvey usually controls the strike zone but he lost it at times. After that inning, he settled down and pitched much more like his usual self. He struck out four.

YOU TRIED, TERRY: Terry Collins moved Davis up to fourth in the lineup in hopes of galvanizing a struggling offense. In the eighth, a big moment presented itself when Davis came to the plate with the Mets down 3-2 and runners on the corners with one out. Davis struck out on a pitch in the dirt and heard a chorus of boos, which has become common at Citi Field. He went 0-for-4.

MY GOOD FRIEND BAXTER: It seems the Mets' only shot of scoring runs lately is Mike Baxter. After two walk-off hits earlier this week, Baxter tied Sunday's game at 2-2 in the seventh with an RBI single to left. He then nearly manufactured a run on his own, stealing second and third, but was left stranded.

THEY MISS APRIL: The Mets scored 119 runs in 25 games in April, getting off to a quick start with the bats. In nine games in May they have totaled 32. Since winning 7-5 in 10 innings against the Braves on May 3, the Mets have not topped four runs, and they have scored three or less in each of the past six games.

UP NEXT: The Mets head to St. Louis to begin a four-game set with the Cardinals. Jeremy Hefner (0-4. 4.63 ERA) will oppose Lance Lynn (5-1, 2.72).