Series: Game 2 of 2

NY Mets won 2-0

Game 1: Friday, April 12
NY Mets16Final
Game 2: Saturday, April 13
NY Mets4Final
Game 3: Sunday, April 14
NY MetsPostponed

Mets 4

(7-4, 3-2 away)

Twins 2

(4-7, 2-3 home)

    4:10 PM ET, April 13, 2013

    Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

    123456789 R H E
    NYM 000040000 4 10 0
    MIN 000000101 2 4 0

    W: M. Harvey (3-0)

    L: S. Diamond (0-1)

    S: B. Parnell (1)

    Matt Harvey no-hits Twins through 6 innings, leads Mets

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The only time Matt Harvey wasn't in control on Saturday was when he watched Justin Morneau's drive approach the right-field foul pole.

    "I was blowing it foul, but I knew he hit it pretty well," Harvey said. "If it was going anywhere, it was going out."

    Harvey didn't allow a hit until Morneau sent a slider clanking high off the pole with two outs in the seventh inning, and the young pitched led the New York Mets over the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Saturday on another chilly day at Target Field.

    Harvey (3-0) pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 0.82.

    Despite a 35-degree game time temperature, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched with his sleeves rolled up and reached 97 mph, getting stronger in the later innings.

    "You see all the great pitchers, when they need it, they can reach back and get it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "As that game went along, he knew what was going on. Don't let him tell you he didn't know what was going on."

    Before Morneau's homer -- his first this season -- Minnesota's only hard-hit ball came on Eduardo Escobar's lineout to first base in the third.

    "That's a horse. That guy can really wing it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Former Twins ace Johan Santana pitched the Mets' first no-hitter on June 1 last year against St. Louis, in New York's 8,020th game.

    Harvey knew he had a good shot at getting the second one in team history.

    "I peaked a couple of times," Harvey said. "I knew that all the guys were making the plays. I knew that I had to keep doing what I was doing, and the guys were going to make plays."

    His teammates have been impressed by Harvey, who came up to the majors last July.

    "It's like he made his 1,300th start the way he pitched out there," Marlon Byrd said. "To be able to throw his other pitches like he does, hit spots, just all-around amazing."

    Making his first start since elbow surgery in December, Twins starter Scott Diamond allowed all four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

    New York scored all its run in the fifth, when the Mets got seven straight hits for the first time since Aug. 1, 2001, at Houston. Byrd led off the inning with a 414-foot home run that landed in the second deck -- the Mets have homered in all 11 games this season, the only team in the majors to do so.

    Collin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy hit run-scoring singles that chased Diamond, and David Wright had an RBI infield hit off Josh Roenicke.

    "I was hoping for better," Diamond said. "The way the first four innings went, getting out of the third inning I was pretty pumped by that and thought it was a big step. Just the way the fifth kind of sped up on me, they put a lot of hits together in that inning. You know, a little frustrating."

    Bobby Parnell allowed an RBI double to Josh Willingham in the ninth, then held on for his first save. With Willingham on second, Parnell retired Morneau on a flyout and threw a called third strike past Ryan Doumit to end the game.

    Game notes

    The Twins activated Diamond and optioned RHP Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester. ... Collins said he started Cowgill in center field over Jordany Valdespin because Cowgill had faced Diamond before. Valdespin -- 7-for-12 in his last three games -- pinch hit in the eighth and struck out. ... Twins pitcher Pedro Hernandez left a relief appearance on Friday with a strained calf. He checked out fine on Saturday and could pitch again in the next couple of days. ... The forecast calls for rain all day Sunday. If the series finale is played, Dillon Gee is scheduled to start for New York. Gee is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA and has never faced the Twins. ... Kevin Correia (0-1, 3.14 ERA) will start for the Twins.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumTarget Field, Minneapolis, MN
    Attendance28,804 (72.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:40
    Weather35 degrees, overcast
    Wind12 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marty Foster, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Mike Everitt

    Research Notes

    From Elias: Aaron Hicks is 2-43 (.047 BA) in the first 10 games of his career. That is the 3rd-worst BA in a player's first 10 career games for any player to debut since 1900 (min. 30 AB).

    ESPN Stats & Information