Outfielder Michael Cuddyer returns to the Mets' lineup after missing four starts with a cranky left knee, which required a cortisone injection.
Smoltz: Matt Harvey will be better
John Smoltz will be the first pitcher to make the Hall of Fame after having Tommy John surgery and he thinks the Mets ace will be fine. "You are going to be OK the next year (after the surgery), you are going to be great the second year. You are just going to be missing a little bit with your fine-tuned pitches, secondary pitches. ... But everything after 15 months gets better and better and better."
Matz batted .304 with Las Vegas this season before his call-up. He always has taken pride in his hitting.
A roundup of how New York Mets affiliates fared on July 4.
Harvey said he mightÂ throw off a mound twice instead of his customary once between starts to try to stay sharp.
Matt Harvey only lasted five innings and Zack Greinke shut down the Mets. who have scored a total of 28 runs in their past 16 games.
Zack Greinke scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings to outduel Matt Harvey, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers survived their shaky bullpen to beat the New Yor
Mets cut Dodgers' lead in half
After scoring 2 runs over their previous 4 games, the Mets scored 2 in the top of the 8th inning against Los Angeles' bullpen to pull within 4-2 at Dodger Stadium. Follow live
A-Gon makes the ball disappear
Matt Harvey left a changeup hanging over the plate and Adrian Gonzalez sent it deep to right for his 15th HR of the season to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. It's Gonzalez's first consecutive home-run games since 3 straight to start the season (via ESPN Stats & Info). Follow live
Harvey issuing lots of free passes
Matt Harvey has 4 BB through 3 innings. That's the most in a game for Harvey since Aug 10, 2012 (5 walks). The Dodgers lead 1-0 in the fourth. Follow live
Dodgers claim lead, Dark Knight bleeding
The Dodgers were able to bring Yasiel Puig in on a Jimmy Rollins bases-loaded ground out to go up 1-0 through 2. But Matt Harvey's nose was spotted bleeding during the inning. It happened once before to Harvey in 2013 -- 9 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 12 Ks (via ESPN Stats & Info). Follow live
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Michael Cuddyer, despite pinch-hitting on Friday, remains out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game.
There should be fireworks on the mound before the postgame show on the Fourth of July at Dodger Stadium.
Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw said he was impressed with the command of New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard.
Kevin Plawecki delivered a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to plate Lucas Duda with the tiebreaking run as the Mets eked out a victory to open a road trip.
Friday's roundup of the Mets' minor league affiliates.
It was an improbable ninth-inning that produced the run that put the Mets ahead. We look at how amazing it was.
Kevin Plawecki drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly in the ninth, rookie Noah Syndergaard dueled reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on even terms and the Mets beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday night.
Final: Mets 2, Dodgers 1
After Noah Syndergaard gave up 1 run in 6 innings, Hansel Robles worked two innings of scoreless relief to get the win in Los Angeles. The Mets have scored just 25 runs in their past 15 games, but only needed 2 tonight. Box score
Mets take the lead
After Lucas Duda moved to third on an infield single, Kevin Plawecki drove him home on a sac fly to center, giving New York a 2-1 lead in the 9th in Los Angeles. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Starters done in Los Angeles
- Noah Syndergaard: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 K's
- Clayton Kershaw: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K's
Pitchers' duel in Los Angeles
Clayton Kershaw has allowed just 5 hits and 1 run through six innings, but Noah Syndergaard (2 H, 1 R) has been just as good, and the Mets and Dodgers are tied 1-1 heading to the 7th. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Mets @ Dodgers
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