Mets RHP Matt Harvey flirted with and escaped danger multiple times in a no-decision in Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Harvey gave up four runs, nine hits and one walk in five innings, leaving six Nationals stranded on the basepaths as he departed with a 5-4 lead.
He pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth inning by getting Anthony Rendon to fly out to deep left field, and escaped a fifth-inning jam when Michael A. Taylor singled between Harvey and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but Gonzalez caught Trea Turner overrunning third base and forced a tag out at home to end the inning.
Harvey threw 57 of 85 pitches for strikes in his second start of the season, but he was less effective than his season debut, when he threw five scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies last Tuesday.
Harvey settled down after the first inning, when he surrendered a two-run home run to Bryce Harper and a double to Matt Adams, by retiring eight of the next nine batters he faced.
With two outs in the fourth inning, he allowed an RBI double to Pedro Severino that made it 4-3, couldn't field a Tanner Roark grounder cleanly and hit Adam Eaton with a pitch to load the bases for Rendon, whose long flyout fell short of the warning track.
The next inning, he allowed Harper and Adams to reach base but got Howie Kendrick to ground into a 6-6-3 double play. After Turner singled to make it 5-4 and stole second, he overran third base when Taylor hit a ball to the right side of the infield. With nobody covering first base, Gonzalez fielded the ball and threw to Todd Frazier, who ran down Turner to the plate, where Travis d'Arnaud tagged him to end the inning.