Matt Harvey turned in his best start of the year, firing seven innings of two-hit ball, and Neil Walker snapped a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh to give the Mets a 1-0 Memorial Day win over the White Sox at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Harvey retired the first 13 White Sox hitters before J.B. Shuck singled with one in the fifth. The right-hander pitched seven innings for the first time this season and allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six. He got into trouble in the seventh when he walked Adam Eaton and surrendered a single to Jose Abreu to start the frame. But a surprising sacrifice by Melky Cabrera resulted in the first out before Harvey retired Todd Frazier and Shuck to end the threat.
- Walker's 12th home run of the season was also his career-high fifth as a right-handed batter. He entered 2016 with just six career homers from the right side.
- Addison Reed struck out two in a scoreless eighth, giving him 30 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. He's been unscored upon in 22 of his 25 appearances.
- Jeurys Familia rebounded from an awful weekend with a perfect ninth to notch his 17th save and his 33rd straight dating back to last Aug. 1, 2015. His 17 consecutive saves to start the season is the second-best mark in club history behind Armando Benitez, who saved 24 straight to begin 2001.
- Ty Kelly singled in the bottom of the fifth off Jose Quintana for his first Major League hit.
- Despite singling in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats (.111) with a walk and eight strikeouts.
News and notes…
- New York improved to 14-6 in their last 20 home games and are 15-10 overall at Citi Field.
- The Mets improved to 4-4 all-time against the White Sox. They have faced them only two times - in 2002 and 2013 - since Interleague play began.
- Harvey had lost four of his five starts this month, allowing 21 earned runs and 39 hits in 25 innings for a 7.56 ERA. He has not allowed a run in 16 innings in two career starts against the White Sox.
- Walker's homer extended the Mets' streak of games with a long ball to 10. It's the longest stretch of consecutive games with a home run since the club went deep in 13 straight from Oct. 3, 2012-April 16, 2013. Their 72 home runs are the most in baseball.
- David Wright missed his third straight game with neck soreness. Terry Collins is concerned the ailment could land the third baseman on the 15-day disabled list.
The Mets (29-21) look for their second straight win against the White Sox (27-25) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (7-1, 2.36 ERA) takes the mound looking for his eighth straight win. He will be opposed by Chicago right-hander Matt Latos (6-1, 4.06 ERA).