Mets RHP Matt Harvey recorded his first quality start since April 21 in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
"I'm very encouraged," manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't have to throw 97 [mph] to get people out, I think he showed that. ... This has got to be a huge boost to his confidence."
Harvey (4-3) struck out four batters and gave up one run and six hits in six innings of work, pitching into and out of trouble in the middle innings. In fact, three of his strikeouts ended two Pirates' threats.
He escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth inning by striking out Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer, then struck out Greogry Polanco with runners on first and second to end the fifth inning.
"When I needed that strikeout when I have in the past, it was there," Harvey said, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "That was definitely a positive for me."
"That was what I have been waiting for for a long time," Harvey added, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "Being able to put somebody away with that and get out of a tight situation without giving up any more runs, any more damage. That was big."
Harvey hadn't thrown at least six complete innings in any of his previous five starts, a span in which he went 1-3 with a 7.92 ERA.
Outside of Polanco's solo home run in the second inning, Harvey cruised through the first three innings, giving up one walk and an infield single.
"I saw him make great pitches," Collins said