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The Mets (64-72) lost to the Cardinals (74-62) tonight by the score of 5-1. 


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Matt Harvey (3-4) lasted five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four.

Harvey allowed all three of the runs on his ledger in the third inning.

Jeurys Familia made his Major League debut and threw a scoreless eighth inning.

The Mets collected nine hits, but managed to push across just one run. David Wright, Ruben Tejada, and Scott Hairston each had two hits a piece.

Mike Baxter drove in the Mets lone tally with an eighth inning sacrifice fly.


For a full recap and box score, check out SNY's In-Game Live.

The future was on display tonight at Busch Stadium.

First, it was an interesting start for Harvey. As usual, his velocity was strong, but he struggled with his command, and it resulted in three walks: the most since he walked five against Atlanta on August 10th. That said, things could have gotten a lot worse. After Harvey allowed the three runs in the third, he buckled down and limited any further damage. It wasn't a night that you'd be eager to remember, but it certainly said something about Harvey's gumption and willingness to battle through a tough outing.

It was a better night for another youngster who the Mets hope will make a profound impact on the club for years to come. Familia turned in an impressive eighth inning. He struck out Lance Berkman on a 97 miles per hour fastball that seemed to have some tail on it. Then after he surrendered a clean single to John Jay, he got Matt Carpenter to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. And better yet, he was around the plate. If this guy straightens out the control issue that plagued him in the Minors, he could be absolutely nasty.

R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63 ERA) will hope to help the Mets avoid a sweep in the series finale tomorrow afternoon. He'll be opposed by Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90 ERA). Game time is set for 1:45 PM.
Tags: Game Day , Brian Erni
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