Posted by Craig Mitchell at 9:24 PM
Friday night Matt Harvey struck out 11...but a 3 run home run by Justin Bour in the 3rd inning was more than the Mets offense could overcome. The Marlins beat the Mets 4-3. Harvey was throwing darts and had shut out the Marlins for the first 3. In the 4th Dee Gordon reached on an infield hit and stole 2nd. Martin Prado walked and then Bour wrapped a 3 run dinger around the right field foul pole and the Fish led 3-0. In the bottom of the inning Lucas Duda continued his long ball glut with a solo homer into the 2nd deck in right, his 9th on the year. In the 5th a RBI single by Prado made it 4-1. The Mets climbed to 4-2 when Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot, number 6 on the year for him in the 6th. In the bottom of the 9th the Mets made a run at it. Ruben Tejada singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Daniel Murphy doubled him home to bring the Mets to within 1. But new Marlin closer A.J. Ramos struck out Michael Cuddyer and got Wilmer Flores on a ground out for his 3rd save. Harvey went 8 innings allowing 6 hits 4 runs (all earned) he walked 1 and struck out 11. He takes his 2nd straight loss falling to 5-3. Vet Dan Haren allowed just the 2 solo dingers in 7 innings to get the win. He’s now 5-2. With the loss the Mets fall to 27-22 on the year and 20-7 at Citi Field. Coming into the game the Marlins had lost 14 of 17. At the end of the game the Mets lose a chance to gain on the Nationals as they fell to the Reds on Friday as they stay 1 1/2 games behind in the NL East.Saturday Afternoon it’s game 2 of the series Jon Niese (3-5 4.08) goes for the Mets, Tom Koehler (3-3 3.44) goes for Miami.