Matt Harvey turned in his best start of the year, firing seven innings of two-hit ball, and Neil Walker snapped a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh to give the Mets a 1-0 Memorial Day win over the White Sox at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Harvey retired the first 13 White Sox hitters before J.B. Shuck singled with one in the fifth. The right-hander pitched seven innings for the first time this season and allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six. He got into trouble in the seventh when he walked Adam Eaton and surrendered a single to Jose Abreu to start the frame. But a surprising sacrifice by Melky Cabrera resulted in the first out before Harvey retired Todd Frazier and Shuck to end the threat.
- Walker's 12th home run of the season was also his career-high fifth as a right-handed batter. He entered 2016 with just six career homers from the right side.
- Addison Reed struck out two in a scoreless eighth, giving him 30 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. He's been unscored upon in 22 of his 25 appearances.
- Jeurys Familia rebounded from an awful weekend with a perfect ninth to notch his 17th save and his 33rd straight dating back to last Aug. 1, 2015. His 17 consecutive saves to start the season is the second-best mark in club history behind Armando Benitez, who saved 24 straight to begin 2001.
- Ty Kelly singled in the bottom of the fifth off Jose Quintana for his first Major League hit.
- Despite singling in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats (.111) with a walk and eight strikeouts.
- Harvey on his start today and not talking to the media: "I had a lot of confidence going into the game and it was nice to be able to execute. … It's definitely a good feeling. I think it's a first step. Obviously, this isn't going to really mean anything unless I stick with this and what we've been working on. It's a work in progress, and I'm glad I was able to go out there and feel comfortable in my mechanics and get the job done. … I was frustrated with myself. I know that's not right and it's not acceptable."
- Collins on Harvey's start: "When you're mentally strong, you don't worry about the other stuff, you fight through it. That's the Matt Harvey we always knew. He can give up a home run and retire 16 in a row after that. It never bothered him. What he had to get through today was to get a couple of guys on and get through some innings. That was certainly what he did. … I think today is a first big step. He feels good about the way it went. He feels good about the way he threw the ball. Now we've just got to build on it, and stay as positive as we can and have him repeat it. No matter what the results are, if he repeats this kind of performance with stuff, I think we're on the right track."
News and notes…
- New York improved to 14-6 in their last 20 home games and are 15-10 overall at Citi Field.
- The Mets improved to 4-4 all-time against the White Sox. They have faced them only two times - in 2002 and 2013 - since Interleague play began.
- Harvey had lost four of his five starts this month, allowing 21 earned runs and 39 hits in 25 innings for a 7.56 ERA. He has not allowed a run in two career starts covering 16 innings against the White Sox.
- Walker's homer extended the Mets' streak of games with a long ball to 10. It's the longest stretch of consecutive games with a home run since the club went deep in 13 straight from Oct. 3, 2012-April 16, 2013. Their 72 home runs are the most in baseball.
- David Wright missed his third straight game with neck soreness. Terry Collins is concerned the ailment could land the third baseman on the 15-day disabled list.
The Mets (29-21) look for their second straight win against the White Sox (27-25) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (7-1, 2.36 ERA) takes the mound looking for his eighth straight win. He will be opposed by Chicago right-hander Matt Latos (6-1, 4.06 ERA).