Matt Harvey struck out eight batters -- including the last five he faced -- while allowing three runs on six hits (all singles) and one walk in 5.0 innings against the Marlins on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.
Harvey, who threw 81 pitches, struggled in the third inning, when he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk and also uncorked a wild pitch.
"Kind of got out of whack in the third (with my mechanics)," Harvey said after the game. "I was happy with settling back in. Those last two innings were much better."
Harvey's fastball velocity in the first few innings ranged between 94 and 95 MPH and touched 96, but dipped later in the game -- sitting around 92-93.
He unleashed some very nice sliders, and mixed in his curveball and changeup efficiently -- especially in the fifth inning.
Harvey induced six swings-and-misses during his outing, which was his fourth of Spring Training.