We saw a different Matt Harvey Wednesday night against the Rockies. He was not blowing everyone away and he kept his pitch count down, and it resulted in the first shutout and first complete game of his career.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second. With one out Wilmer Flores collected his first major league hit, a single to right-center. John Buck followed with a single and Flores motored to third. Omar Quintanilla singled to drive in Flores.
In the fourth the Mets made it two nothing courtesy of an Ike Davis double and Buck single.
The Mets added plenty of insurance runs in the ninth. Juan Lagares walked with one out. WIth two outs Marlon Byrd with a ground rule double. Davis was intentionally walked to face Flores and load the bases. Flores came through with a base-clearing double for his first RBIs of his career and a 5-0 lead.
Not the Matt Harvey needed the extra runs as he retired the Rockies in the ninth, still throwing upwards of 98 mph. There was a bit of a scare with two outs when a comebacker hit him near the knee, but Harvey stayed in the game to get the final out.
He only struck out six batters but he allowed just four hits and did not walk a batter. He completed the game with 106 pitches.
Harvey upped his record to 9-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.09, second in the National League. He still leads the league in strikeouts with 178.
Mets win 5-0. They go for the sweep of the Rockies in a matinee at Citi Field on Thursday.