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Harvey Shines; Flores, D’Arnaud Come Through in Mets 6-2 Win
- Updated: April 7, 2017
Matt Harvey went 6 ⅔ innings in his first start since thoracic outlet surgery in July 2016 as the Mets defeated the Braves 6-2 at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, NY.
In front of 23,100, Harvey was stellar, throwing 77 pitches and getting four strikeouts. He gave up three hits; two of the three were solo home runs by Matt Kemp. However, a leaner, less bulky “Dark Knight” looked tremendous, keeping the Braves at bay.
After going down 1-0 in the top of the fifth, the Mets immediately struck back, as Travis D’Arnaud hit a two run double in the bottom half, driving in Jay Bruce and Neil Walker. Wilmer Flores added on the sixth with a two run home run right inside the left field foul pole.
Fernando Salas got into trouble in the top of the eighth, loading the bases after three Braves singles. However, Dansby Swanson, the tying run at the plate, struck out swinging and Salas left unscatched.
However, tonight was about “the Dark Knight”. “What I saw was a guy who was very frustrated by the way things went last year. I think he was somewhat embarrassed by what happened and I think he came into camp bound and determined to prove he’s the same guy,” said manager Terry Collins during his postgame press conference.
Tonight was the start of Harvey’s redemption.
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