On a cool windy night at Citi Field, the San Diego Padres were feeling Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey’s heat. Harvey threw 94 pitches, giving up one hit and striking out 10 batters in seven innings to help earn an 8-4 victory.
Harvey was able to rely on his fastball in his first career home win. This was the third time in the righty’s young career where he threw at least 10 strikeouts.
After finishing last season 21-38 against left-handed pitchers, the Mets showed some promise against Padres lefty Clayton Richard. Richard gave up the most homers in the National League last season (31) and the Mets took advantage of that the entire evening.
The Mets blasted three two-run homers off of the five-year starter. Left fielder Lucas Duda started the home-run carousel in the second inning, with a deep shot to right field scoring right fielder Marlon Byrd.
Catcher John Buck hit his first home run as a Met scoring Duda in the fourth. In the fifth inning, captain David Wright doubled to left scoring second baseman Daniel Murphy. First baseman Ike Davis drove in Wright with a blast over the right field wall, for his first hit of the season.
The Padres scored their first run in the eighth inning, when center fielder Cameron Maybin grounded out into a fielder’s choice scoring third baseman Jedd Gyorko.
Three more runs were scored in the ninth as the Mets relievers Greg Burke, Josh Edgin and LaTroy Hawkins struggled to record the final three outs of the game. Closer Bobby Parnell came in and faced one batter to get the final out.
In the first two games of the season the Mets scored a combined 19 runs, matching their 1969 team record.
Dillon Gee will take the mound tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. and will try to help the Mets improve to 3-0 as well as sweep the Padres.