In his last outing, Matt Harvey pitched the first shutout and complete game of his career. Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Harvey did not have his best stuff as the Mets dropped their second straight in Los Angeles.
Juan Lagares gave the Mets a lead in the top of the first with a solo home run over the low wall in left field, his fourth homer of the season.
The Mets defense backed up Harvey, bailing him out of trouble with double plays in three of the first four innings. But his luck ran out in the fifth. After a walk and a single, Nick Punto doubled to left to plate two and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
It was a similar situation in the sixth — with runners on second and third with two outs, A.J. Ellis singled to score two more runs as the Dodgers extended their lead to 4-1.
And that was all for Matt Harvey, allowing four runs in six innings. He let up eight hits and struck out only three Dodgers. After walking just one batter in four starts since the All-Star break, Harvey walked two tonight.
With Josh Satin on second base with two outs in the ninth, John Buck singled to make it a 4-2 game. Pinch hitter Ike Davis came to the plate as the potential tying run. He grounded out to end the game.
Mets lose 4-2. Matt Harvey’s record falls to 9-4 and his ERA rises to 2.23.