Harvey leads St. Lucie to 4-2 win
Alex Koronis worked into the sixth but took the loss on Wednesday. (Nick Martinez)
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Matt Harvey displayed All-Star form, baffling the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the St. Lucie Mets' 4-2 victory at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday.
Harvey (7-2) was dominant, tossing six innings while striking out nine Charlotte batters. The Mets prospect fell just one shy of tying his career-high of 10, while moving into third place in the Florida State League with 80 punch-outs on the season.
A trio of two-out runs off Charlotte starter Alex Koronis allowed the Mets to open up a 3-0 lead. Matt den Dekker doubled to open the inning and came around to score on a Wilmer Flores single. Cesar Puello followed with a line drive single that bounced past Stone Crabs left fielder Anthony Scelfo and brought two more runs in to score.
Harvey was perfect through the first four innings, but the Charlotte bats got on the board in the fifth. With one out, Mike Sheridan and Anthony Scelfo delivered singles to break up the no-hit bid. Two batters later, Jake Jefferies chopped a two-run single that glanced off second baseman J.B. Brown's glove to bring the Stone Crabs within one.
That would prove to be as close as the home team would get on the night as Flores provided another run-scoring single in the sixth to stretch the Mets' lead to 4-2.
Drew Leary kept things close after Koronis departed. The Charlotte reliever tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings while racking up four strikeouts.
The Stone Crabs offense was unable to crack the Mets bullpen tandem of Mike Powers and Jeff Kaplan. The duo combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Harvey, with Kaplan recording his 10th save of the season.
Koronis (4-2) lasted 5 1/3 innings and was charged with all four St. Lucie runs - three earned - on five hits. He walked one batter while striking out four.
The Stone Crabs continue their series with the Mets Thursday as Merrill Kelly (3-2) locks up against fellow righty Armando Rodriguez (0-0). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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