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Final Score: Mets 6, Nationals 3—The happiest of Harvey Days

Matt Harvey looked his normal superhuman self as New York took the rubber game of the season-opening series in Washington.

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Matt Harvey looked dominant as ever in six shutout innings, while Michael Cuddyer and David Wright each delivered bases-loaded hits against Stephen Strasburg, as the Mets took two out of three against the presumed NL East favorites. To quote Gary Cohen, "It was like he never left."

Harvey struck out nine—including the hat trick for Bryce Harper—and heated up the high-40s temperature by climbing up to 97 on the radar gun. He got stronger as the game went on. All four of his pitches were working by the third inning, and he allowed only four well-hit balls on the afternoon. The Nats managed just five baserunners against the Mets’ ace: three singles (two of the infield variety), one double, and one walk.

New York once again capitalized on an error by Ian Desmond, as his inability to get an out on a prospective inning-ending double play ball opened the door for the Mets to push across four runs in the third. Strasburg was eventually chased after 5.1 innings, having allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits along with 3 walks and a hit batsman.

Wright and Travis d’Arnaud each had two hits and two RBI, while Cuddyer chipped in two hits and Curtis Granderson reached base three times in the leadoff spot.  The bullpen was a little shaky, giving up the Nats' 3 runs.  Jeurys Familia gave up a run on two hits in his debut as 'closer', but did indeed secure the last out.

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