Harvey looks like ace of old; Mets top Braves 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey walked from the mound to the dugout and raised his glove with his pitching hand, acknowledging fans chanting his name.

At least for a night, The Dark Knight returned.

''I obviously have one less rib, but I feel strong and ready to go,'' Harvey said after leading the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday in his return from major surgery.

Harvey (1-0) won for the first time since May 30. In his previous appearance on July 4, he was chased by Miami in the fourth inning and stared at the field from the dugout, a white towel draped over his left shoulder, a despondent look on his face.

''I remember getting booed off the field last year, so I think kind of flipping that switch a little bit and keep moving forward,'' he said. ''It was exciting.''

Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead, two-run double and Wilmer Flores a two-run homer against Jaime Garcia (0-1), who made his Atlanta debut after eight seasons with St. Louis.

A year after returning from Tommy John surgery and helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, Harvey struggled to a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA in 2016. He felt numbness in his fingertips against the Marlins and did not pitch again, undergoing surgery July 18 to correct a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome injury caused by the compression of nerves, blood vessels or both in the area between the neck and armpit.

Harvey was 0-4 with a 5.89 ERA in five spring training starts. The 28-year-old right-hander's fastball was consistently in the 93-94 mph range - even reaching 96 mph - and he needed six pitches to get through the first inning, eight in the second, 10 in the third and 11 in the fourth.

''You're going to look hopefully in the middle of the summer and he's going to be back to where he was,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said . ''Now, is he going to be throwing 98 again? I don't know. I don't have a crystal ball. But I think Matt Harvey can pitch as good as anybody when he's at 93 to 95, and he showed it tonight.''

With the Mets in Harvey's favored blue jerseys for the first time this season, he allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, leaving after Matt Kemp's second solo home run. Harvey threw 55 of 77 pitches for strikes, fanned four and walked none in a game that breezed by in 2 hours, 28 minutes.

''The demeanor, even when he ran out to the bullpen, reminded me of a couple of years ago,'' said d'Arnaud, the Mets catcher.

Acquired from the Cardinals in a December trade, Garcia gave up four runs and six hits in six innings, and both batters he walked scored. Garcia became the Braves' first left-handed starter since Manny Banuelos on Sept. 6, 2015.

''The way Harvey was going, any runs were probably too many tonight,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

D'Arnaud doubled to the left-center gap on a hanging curveball in the fifth for a 2-1 lead and Flores drove a low breaking ball about 3 feet from the left-field foul pole in the sixth. Flores hit .340 with 11 home runs in 100 at-bats against lefties last year.

Trailing 6-2, Atlanta loaded the bases in the eighth before Fernando Salas struck out Dansby Swanson.

Kemp, who also has four doubles this week, homered in the fifth and seventh innings for his 11th multihomer game.

''Long season,'' he said. ''Just got to keep going.''

AT THE TOP

Mets leadoff hitter Jose Reyes singled in the seventh, ending his 0-for-12 start. Braves leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte reached on a broken-bat infield hit in the eighth, his first hit in 13 at-bats this season.

A FIRST

Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3. He had gotten a hit in all 35 of his previous road games at the Mets, the longest road hitting streak at one opponent since Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals hit in 46 consecutive games at Brooklyn from 1933-37.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard, who left the opener after six innings because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, expects to start Sunday. The Mets are giving him an extra day of rest. ''They don't have to amputate it,'' quipped Syndergaard, who has been putting a cream on it.

UP NEXT

Braves: With poor weather forecast, the Braves flip-flopped their rotation and RHP Mike Foltynewicz (9-5 last year) will start Friday's series opener at Pittsburgh. RHP R.A. Dickey (10-15 with Toronto) was pushed back to Saturday because the Braves worried his knuckleball might be less effective on a wet night.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler is to start Friday's series opener against Miami, his first big league appearance since Sept. 25, 2014. Wheeler injured his elbow pitching against Miami in a spring training game on March 9, 2015, and had surgery 16 days later to repair a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

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  • W: M. Harvey (1-0)L: J. Garcia (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - M. Kemp 2 (2), NYM - W. Flores (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Freeman 1B40000010.231.286.385.670-0.5
M. Kemp LF42222010.462.5001.2311.73111.5
N. Markakis RF40100020.154.214.308.5220.0
B. Phillips 2B30000011.182.250.182.432-0.5
A. Garcia 3B30100000.200.273.300.5731.0
T. Flowers C30100010.286.286.286.5710.5
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  • a-flied out for Roe in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes 3B41100001.077.143.077.2202.0
A. Cabrera SS40110000.308.357.308.6652.0
Y. Cespedes LF31100101.182.357.273.6304.0
W. Flores 1B41121012.167.167.667.8336.5
C. Granderson CF40100000.167.154.167.3211.0
N. Walker 2B41200011.167.231.250.4813.5
J. Bruce RF31000101.333.538.7781.3162.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Blevins in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kemp 2 (2)
  • RBI - M. Kemp 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Cespedes, N. Walker, T. d'Arnaud
  • HR - W. Flores
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (2), W. Flores 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Swanson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 0-1)6.06442016.001.331.0
C. Roe1.022101018.002.000.5
E. O'Flaherty1.000001013.500.003.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 0-1)6.0
C. Roe1.0
E. O'Flaherty1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 1-0)6.23220422.700.4525.0
J. Blevins (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
F. Salas1.03000200.003.001.0
A. Reed1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 1-0)6.2
J. Blevins (H, 1)0.1
F. Salas1.0
A. Reed1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia
  • HBP - C. Roe
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 86-56, C. Roe 13-10, E. O'Flaherty 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 8-9, C. Roe 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 25, C. Roe 6, E. O'Flaherty 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-55, J. Blevins 5-3, F. Salas 24-20, A. Reed 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 7-8, A. Reed 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 22, J. Blevins, F. Salas 6, A. Reed 3
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D. Swanson SS40000023.143.143.143.286-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40000010.231.286.385.670-0.5
M. Kemp LF42222010.462.5001.2311.73111.5
N. Markakis RF40100020.154.214.308.5220.0
B. Phillips 2B30000011.182.250.182.432-0.5
A. Garcia 3B30100000.200.273.300.5731.0
T. Flowers C30100010.286.286.286.5710.5
J. Garcia P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Roe in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes 3B41100001.077.143.077.2202.0
A. Cabrera SS40110000.308.357.308.6652.0
Y. Cespedes LF31100101.182.357.273.6304.0
W. Flores 1B41121012.167.167.667.8336.5
C. Granderson CF40100000.167.154.167.3211.0
N. Walker 2B41200011.167.231.250.4813.5
J. Bruce RF31000101.333.538.7781.3162.0
T. d'Arnaud C30120000.286.375.429.8044.0
M. Harvey P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Blevins in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kemp 2 (2)
  • RBI - M. Kemp 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Cespedes, N. Walker, T. d'Arnaud
  • HR - W. Flores
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (2), W. Flores 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Swanson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 0-1)6.06442016.001.331.0
C. Roe1.022101018.002.000.5
E. O'Flaherty1.000001013.500.003.5
Total8.0865221---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 0-1)6.0
C. Roe1.0
E. O'Flaherty1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 1-0)6.23220422.700.4525.0
J. Blevins (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
F. Salas1.03000200.003.001.0
A. Reed1.00000100.000.003.5
Total9.0622082---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 1-0)6.2
J. Blevins (H, 1)0.1
F. Salas1.0
A. Reed1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia
  • HBP - C. Roe
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 86-56, C. Roe 13-10, E. O'Flaherty 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 8-9, C. Roe 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 25, C. Roe 6, E. O'Flaherty 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-55, J. Blevins 5-3, F. Salas 24-20, A. Reed 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 7-8, A. Reed 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 22, J. Blevins, F. Salas 6, A. Reed 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Cespedes reached on fielder's choice to first, Reyes scored, Cabrera out at second on shortstop Swanson fielding error26
    Cabrera singled to left center, Conforto scored, Reyes to second25
    Kemp homered to left24
  • 6TH INNING
    Flores homered to left, Cespedes scored14
  • 5TH INNING
    d'Arnaud doubled to left center, Walker and Bruce scored12
    Kemp homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Reed Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to left
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Fernando Salas pitching
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Phillips struck out on foul tip
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia singled to center
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Foul, Flowers reached on an infield single, Garcia to second
    • Emilio Bonifacio hit for Chaz Roe
    • E. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to left
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Inciarte reached on an infield single, Garcia to third, Flowers to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eric O'Flaherty pitching
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson flied out to center
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce lined out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp homered to left
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Matt Harvey
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chaz Roe relieved Jaime Garcia
    • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud grounded out to third
    • Michael Conforto hit for Jerry Blevins
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
    • J. Reyes: Reyes singled to center, Conforto to second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center, Conforto scored, Reyes to second
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Cespedes reached on fielder's choice to first, Reyes scored, Cabrera out at second on shortstop Swanson fielding error
    • W. Flores: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Inciarte lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cespedes walked
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Flores homered to left, Cespedes scored
    • C. Granderson: Granderson flied out to center
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Walker doubled to shallow left
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Kemp homered to left center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Markakis struck out on foul tip
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson flied out to right
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Walker singled to right
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked, Walker to second
    • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, d'Arnaud doubled to left center, Walker and Bruce scored
    • M. Harvey: Harvey flied out to right
    • J. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson flied out to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike swinging, Ball, Cespedes doubled to left
    • W. Flores: Ball, Cespedes to third on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Flores grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia lined out to center
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • J. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce flied out to left
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to second
    • M. Harvey: Harvey grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp flied out to right
    • N. Markakis: Markakis reached on an infield single
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Phillips grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to pitcher to shortstop to first, Markakis out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Flores grounded out to third
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson singled to center
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Walker grounded into double play shortstop to second to shortstop to first, Granderson out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Reyes lined out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera popped out to second
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cespedes flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)