NEW YORK -- There were no “Harvey’s better!” chants Saturday at Citi Field.
In the first-ever meeting of All-Star starting pitchers in a regular-season game that same year, Max Scherzer surrendered only three hits while striking out 11 in six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Mets, 3-0.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Scherzer, but Juan Lagares struck out and John Buck popped out to shortstop on the next pitch to strand three teammates. Scherzer then departed with his pitch count at 118.
Scherzer improved to 19-1, joining Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers in major league history to reach that win total in their first 20 decisions of a season.
Harvey surrendered a career-high 13 hits. His previous high had been 10 hits, by the Miami Marlins on June 2.
He departed with the bases loaded and two outs and the Mets trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh.
Scott Rice entered and narrowly retired pinch hitter Torii Hunter on a fielder’s choice to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in the frame. Detroit manager Jim Leyland briefly contested ump Ed Hickox’s call at second base, since Matt Tuiasosopo appeared as though he may have beaten shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s throw.
Harvey’s final line: 6.2 IP, 13 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He had allowed eight hits in the first three innings, including an RBI double to Scherzer in a two-run second, before settling down.
The only other pitchers in Mets history to allow two or fewer runs while surrendering 13 or more hits in a start: Jason Isringhausen in 1995 and Al Jackson in 1962.
The biggest issue for Scherzer: Ike Davis, who went 2-for-2 with a walk against him, including a double as the Mets loaded the bases in what became a fruitless sixth. The Mets' only other hit in the game was a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy in the sixth.
Scherzer’s second-inning RBI double marked his first hit and RBI since 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had been 0-for-8 since being acquired by Detroit in the three-team trade that also sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.