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The Mets (5-2) defeated the Phillies (2-5) by a score of 7-2 at Citizen's Bank Park.


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Matt Harvey tossed another gem, allowing just three hits and one run over seven innings. Harvey notched another nine strikeouts, bringing his total to 89 through just 12 Major League starts. Of Harvey's 110 pitches, 66 went for strikes.

With the bats, the Mets got to Roy Halladay, who only lasted four innings while giving up seven earned runs. The big blast came in the second inning, a three-run home run by John Buck. Buck now has three home runs and 12 RBI through the first seven games (six starts).

The Mets got RBI singles from Lucas Duda and David Wright and a two-RBI single from Ruben Tejada.


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It's hard for Harvey to get much better than he is right now. He has allowed four hits and a run in 14 innings, is averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, has a 4.75:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and owns a 0.571 WHIP to start the season. He is so much fun to watch, and is creating a buzz each time he takes the mound. It's very much like what Dwight Gooden did in his first season. Harvey is becoming the star of the show with the Mets, and is getting better with each pitch he throws.

John Buck is out of control right now. I am most impressed with his ability to drive the ball the other way with authority, but generally speaking he has taken advantage of every single opportunity he has been handed. I know he can't possibly keep this pace up, but he is putting his stamp on this offense in the early part of the season.

Daniel Murphy is locked in right now. He had two more well struck extra-base hits tonight, and is making things happen at the top of the lineup for the Mets. He's staying in on breaking balls, laying off pitches in the dirt and keeping his swing short and compact through the zone.

The only downer today was Ike Davis. He struggled at the plate and made two pretty poor plays at first base. He can't seem to get on-track in the early part of the season --hopefully, he can get going soon and put the early season struggles to bed soon...

The Mets square off with the Phillies again tomorrow night, with Dillon Gee and Cliff Lee facing off in a 7:05 p.m. start.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

Tags: Game Day , Andrew Vazzano
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