Posted by Craig Mitchell at 4:07 PM
Thursday afternoon at Nationals Stadium, Matt Harvey took the mound for the first time in the regular season since his Tommy John surgery and was spectacular, as the Mets beat the Nationals 6-3. Harvey never looked better going 6 amazing innings allowing just 4 hits and no runs while walking 1 and striking out 9. The Mets pounded out 10 hits on the day, roughing up Nats starter Stephen Strasburg with 4 runs in the top of the 3rd. Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI single to right to make it 1-0 Mets. Daniel Murphy chopped an infield single scoring David Wright and it was 2-0. Travis d’Arnaud hit a 2 run single to make it 4-0 New York. The Mets made it 6-0 in the top of the 6th when David Wright came through with a 2 run single with the bases loaded. The Nats scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th getting to lefty Alex Torres in his Mets debut as Michael Taylors 2 run double made it 6-2 Mets. Wright, Cuddyer and d’Arnaud each had 2 hits apiece. Buddy Carlyle and Carlos Torres added scoreless appearances out of the pen for the Mets. Jeurys Familia allowed a run on 2 hits in the 9th hanging on to clinch the win. Harvey is now 1-0, Strasburg is 0-1. The Mets take this opening road series 2 games to 1 and are 2-1 on the year. Next up the Mets are off to Atlanta to play a 3 game weekend series against the Braves. Friday night Jonathon Niese toes the rubber for the Mets, fellow lefty Eric Stults goes for the Braves.