Harvey off to strong start, Mets blank Phillies 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) For the first time in a long while, Matt Harvey was healthy and happy with his results on the mound.

Harvey allowed one hit over five spotless innings in his encouraging season debut , and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on a rainy Tuesday night at Citi Field.

''He's got that look in his eye back, when he was dominant,'' Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. ''Even in the bullpen, you can just see it. He's back to what he was before.''

With most seats empty in the 40-degree mist, Harvey gave the Mets reason to believe he can rebound this year from two terrible seasons interrupted by injury.

Perhaps most important, he was effective for an entire outing without his sharpest stuff.

''I think it's just knowing that I'm healthy and that I can go out there and I'm not in pain,'' Harvey said. ''There's no issues.''

Though his fastball usually clocked 91-93 mph, down from the crackling heat he used to bring, the right-hander moved his pitches around the plate and showed much better command with all of them.

''He looked really good. He didn't have his best stuff, as you could see, but he looked good. Confidence is there,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''I think he can be very effective. I think he is going to throw 96 (mph). ... I think if it were a warm summer day, you would have seen a little bit more velo out of him. But he really did a good job.''

Todd Frazier hit a run-scoring double in the sixth and d'Arnaud added a two-out RBI single that chased Ben Lively (0-1), who plunked Yoenis Cespedes with a pitch to begin the rally.

Philadelphia put runners at the corners with one out in the ninth, but Jeurys Familia finished the three-hitter for his second save.

First baseman Wilmer Flores, who had just entered as a pinch-hitter, leaned over the dugout railing to make a nice grab of Scott Kingery's foul popup. Pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp grounded out to end it.

Harvey struck out five, walked one and refused a jacket on the bases after his leadoff single in the third. The strikeouts were his most in a game since mid-June last year.

''Obviously, going five innings and not giving up a ton of runs is definitely a plus,'' he said. ''It's something I haven't usually been used to here, so it was nice to get that done.''

The only hit Harvey permitted on 86 pitches was a leadoff single by Rhys Hoskins in the second.

''I thought Harvey attacked the strike zone pretty good,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Thought it was interesting to see him go out and compete like that. Good job by him.''

Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired Odubel Herrera with two on to end the sixth. Seth Lugo followed with two perfect innings , striking out four.

Lively gave up six hits and walked one as the Phillies fell to 1-3 in Kapler's first season at the helm. The right-hander struck out five.

''He was exceptional. We knew that he was going to be gritty on a really cold night. He showed that tremendous competitiveness,'' Kapler said.

After the scheduled series opener was postponed Monday by snow, New York improved to 3-1 under its own rookie manager in Callaway.

PEN PATROL

An embattled Kapler has been taking criticism for heavy use of his relievers last weekend in Atlanta - and a mix-up that led to him summoning one who wasn't even warmed up. ''It's my responsibility,'' Kapler said before the game. ''I spent the last 48 hours digging into how to improve our bullpen usage and be really good at it going forward.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek, on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, was sent for an MRI. ... RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (strained right flexor pronator) was having more tests on his forearm. ... RHP Tommy Hunter (strained hamstring) threw well Monday during a simulated game in Florida but still feels a little tightness in his hamstring and there is no timetable for his return, Kapler said. ... RHP Jake Arrieta threw 66 pitches Monday during his simulated game in Florida and remains scheduled to make his Phillies debut Sunday at home against Miami.

Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo was back in the leadoff spot after getting scratched Sunday because of flu-like symptoms. ... SS Amed Rosario was rested in favor of Jose Reyes. Rosario entered on defense in the seventh. ... New reliever Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique and expects to miss at least a few weeks. ... Callaway said All-Star OF Michael Conforto (shoulder surgery) could come off the disabled list this week in Washington. New York begins a three-game series against the NL East rival Nationals on Thursday, the first day Conforto is eligible to be activated. ''He's ready to go,'' Callaway said.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola pitches the series finale Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting. Nola won both his starts against the Mets last year. He was pulled with a 5-0 lead after only 68 pitches Thursday night in Atlanta, and the Braves rallied for an 8-5 victory.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-0) struck out 10 in six innings while beating St. Louis 9-4 on opening day. He is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in six career outings against the Phillies.

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  • W: J. Blevins (1-0)L: B. Lively (0-1)S: J. Familia (2)
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S. Kingery 3B40000014.308.308.462.769-0.5
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J. Crawford SS30000011.083.154.083.237-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Alfaro in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Rios in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Cabrera 2B40100012.294.333.412.7450.5
Y. Cespedes LF31000013.286.444.500.9441.5
J. Bruce RF40100013.188.278.250.5280.5
T. Frazier 3B41210012.286.389.429.8174.5
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  • a-popped out for Gonzalez in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Harvey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (2)
  • RBI - T. Frazier (4), T. d'Arnaud (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. d'Arnaud
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Reyes
FIELDING
  • E - J. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Lively (L, 0-1)5.26221503.181.243.5
Y. Rios0.10000000.002.000.0
V. Arano1.10000200.000.004.0
H. Milner0.11000106.753.00-0.5
E. Ramos0.10000000.001.500.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Lively (L, 0-1)5.2
Y. Rios0.1
V. Arano1.1
H. Milner0.1
E. Ramos0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey5.01001500.000.4015.5
A. Ramos0.21001100.001.20-1.5
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.10000000.003.007.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)2.00000400.000.008.0
J. Familia (S, 2)1.01001100.001.208.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey5.0
A. Ramos0.2
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.1
S. Lugo (H, 1)2.0
J. Familia (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Rios
  • HBP - B. Lively 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Lively 91-62, Y. Rios 6-3, V. Arano 19-13, H. Milner 8-5, E. Ramos 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Lively 4-7, Y. Rios 1-0, V. Arano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Lively 25, Y. Rios, V. Arano 4, H. Milner 2, E. Ramos
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Harvey
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 86-55, A. Ramos 17-10, J. Blevins 3-3, S. Lugo 22-19, J. Familia 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 4-7, S. Lugo 2-0, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 18, A. Ramos 4, J. Blevins, S. Lugo 6, J. Familia 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40100011.294.368.529.8980.5
C. Santana 1B30000111.143.263.429.6920.5
A. Altherr RF20000212.077.294.077.3711.5
R. Hoskins LF40100024.429.500.7861.2860.0
O. Herrera CF40100004.154.214.231.4451.0
S. Kingery 3B40000014.308.308.462.769-0.5
J. Alfaro C30000031.143.250.143.393-1.5
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B. Lively P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Rios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Williams PH10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Milner P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Ramos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Crawford SS30000011.083.154.083.237-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Alfaro in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Rios in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30000010.333.556.333.8890.5
A. Cabrera 2B40100012.294.333.412.7450.5
Y. Cespedes LF31000013.286.444.500.9441.5
J. Bruce RF40100013.188.278.250.5280.5
T. Frazier 3B41210012.286.389.429.8174.5
A. Gonzalez 1B30100001.400.538.5001.0381.0
a- W. Flores PH-1B10000001.143.143.143.2860.0
T. d'Arnaud C30110011.333.429.8331.2621.5
J. Reyes SS20000102.000.250.000.2500.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Harvey P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
b- P. Evans PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-popped out for Gonzalez in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Harvey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (2)
  • RBI - T. Frazier (4), T. d'Arnaud (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. d'Arnaud
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Reyes
FIELDING
  • E - J. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Lively (L, 0-1)5.26221503.181.243.5
Y. Rios0.10000000.002.000.0
V. Arano1.10000200.000.004.0
H. Milner0.11000106.753.00-0.5
E. Ramos0.10000000.001.500.0
Total8.0722180---
PITCHERSIP
B. Lively (L, 0-1)5.2
Y. Rios0.1
V. Arano1.1
H. Milner0.1
E. Ramos0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey5.01001500.000.4015.5
A. Ramos0.21001100.001.20-1.5
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.10000000.003.007.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)2.00000400.000.008.0
J. Familia (S, 2)1.01001100.001.208.5
Total9.03003110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey5.0
A. Ramos0.2
J. Blevins (W, 1-0)0.1
S. Lugo (H, 1)2.0
J. Familia (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Rios
  • HBP - B. Lively 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Lively 91-62, Y. Rios 6-3, V. Arano 19-13, H. Milner 8-5, E. Ramos 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Lively 4-7, Y. Rios 1-0, V. Arano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Lively 25, Y. Rios, V. Arano 4, H. Milner 2, E. Ramos
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Harvey
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 86-55, A. Ramos 17-10, J. Blevins 3-3, S. Lugo 22-19, J. Familia 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 4-7, S. Lugo 2-0, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 18, A. Ramos 4, J. Blevins, S. Lugo 6, J. Familia 5
  • 6TH INNING
    d'Arnaud singled to center, Frazier scored02
    Frazier doubled to left center, Cespedes scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Seth Lugo
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altherr walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Herrera singled to right, Altherr to third
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Kingery fouled out to first
    • Andrew Knapp hit for Jorge Alfaro
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Knapp grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Arano Pitching:
    • Y. Cespedes: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • Hoby Milner relieved Victor Arano
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to left
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Adrian Gonzalez
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Hoby Milner
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • Amed Rosario at shortstop
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Nick Williams hit for Yacksel Rios
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo lined out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • AJ Ramos pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Santana walked, Hernandez to second
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altherr lined out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • Jerry Blevins relieved AJ Ramos
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera popped out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Lively Pitching:
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike swinging, Ball, Cespedes hit by pitch
    • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to shortstop, Cespedes to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier doubled to left center, Cespedes scored
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, Frazier to third
    • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud singled to center, Frazier scored
    • Yacksel Rios relieved Ben Lively
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, d'Arnaud to second on wild pitch, Reyes grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • B. Lively: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lively grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Phillip Evans hit for Matt Harvey
    • P. Evans: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Evans struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo flied out to shallow left
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Altherr walked
    • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Hoskins flied out to left
    • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep left
    • S. Kingery: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kingery flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Lively Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud flied out to center
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • B. Lively: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lively safe at first on shortstop Reyes fielding error
    • J. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Crawford fouled out to left
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lively to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • B. Lively Pitching:
    • M. Harvey: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Harvey singled to left
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Harvey to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Y. Cespedes: Foul, Strike looking, Cespedes fouled out to first
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hoskins singled to right
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera fouled out to third
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Lively Pitching:
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reyes walked
    • M. Harvey: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Reyes caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep left
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Lively Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Nimmo struck out on foul tip
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to center
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Cespedes fouled out to first
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bruce singled to left center, Cabrera to second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)