Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harvey, Bullpen Fail to Hold Lead vs. Pirates

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harvey, Bullpen Fail to Hold Lead vs. Pirates

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NEW YORK - In another time, seemingly another place, Matt Harvey would have been rejuvenated by the five runs the Mets scored in the bottom of the fifth inning for a three-run lead. Never mind the fact he was closing in on 100 pitches. He would have gone to the mound and shut down Pittsburgh that inning, most likely in order.

But that Matt Harvey doesn't seem to exist anymore, no matter how much the Mets insist that the once-dominant, now-mediocre righty is making progress. After allowing two runs or fewer in his last two outings, Harvey suffered another mid-game meltdown Friday night.

And so did his team.

Harvey's third pitch of the sixth inning was deposited beyond the right-field fence by Pittsburgh's Josh Bell. One batter later, Harvey was gone. Three batters later, the Mets' lead was gone.

Harvey allowed six runs in five innings and the normally reliable Paul Sewald was much worse as the Pirates used a seven-run sixth inning to turn the game around en route to a 12-7 victory at Citi Field.

The Mets have lost three consecutive games after having won four of five previously to that, seemingly turning things around.

Harvey, who got a no-decision, had stymied these same Pirates on one run over six innings on Sunday, and the Mets hoped he had gotten back on track, even though he still wasn't giving them much length. But he permitted five hits and six runs in five-plus innings Friday, walking four and striking out five. He threw 102 pitches to record 15 outs.

Harvey set a bad tone for his night in the first inning, needing 33 pitches to retire the Pirates. It could have been worse, considering Pittsburgh loaded the bases with nobody out and managed only one run on a forceout grounder by David Freese. Still, Harvey expended a lot of energy and all but ensured he would not be able to pitch deep into the game.

Harvey again ran into trouble in the fourth inning. …

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