New York Mets Ace Matt Harvey Suffers First Loss of Season

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In a battle of aces, St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright out-dueled New York Mets phenom Matt Harvey.

The Cardinals took the rubber game of the three-game series, 2-1, at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. Harvey allowed just one earned run in seven innings pitched to go with five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. However, that one run gave the Cardinals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Wainwright tossed seven innings of shutout ball to become the first major league pitcher to reach the 10-win mark, tallying six strikeouts to go with four hits and two walks allowed.

Harvey threw 97 pitches before being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh. The 24-year-old suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA. With the seven strikeouts, Harvey now leads the NL with 102 strikeouts in 97 innings.

Harvey just hasn’t been getting any help from his teammates this season. He’s allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of 14 starts this season but has recorded a loss or no decision in six of those. On a contender, Harvey could have double his win total, but he has been stuck on five wins since May 17 due to some of baseball’s worst run support.

The Mets managed just seven hits against the Cardinals, including three singles by David Wright. New York entered play today with a .224 team batting average, worst in MLB. The Mets, who fell to 24-37 on the season, need to find a way to get the bats going to support their pitching staff. Otherwise, they could be headed for a 100-loss season.

Jon Krouner is the New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkrouner  ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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