It may have taken him two seasons and 14 starts, but Rockies hurler Jon Gray finally got the first win of his major league career on Friday night, beating Matt Harvey and the Mets 5-2. Harvey continued his trend of solid pitching in the early innings before starting to come undone the third time through Colorado's batting order.
The Rockies' lineup went 4-for-9 with two doubles against the Mets starter the third time around to put up three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and knock Harvey out after 5.2 innings of work. He surrendered a season-high 11 hits, the second-most of his career, but struck out six and walked none.
Colorado also benefited from a Mets defensive miscue to get their offense started in the fourth, and Harvey's ERA suffered the wrath of a questionable official scorer's decision. Michael Conforto misjudged a liner to his left off the bat of Gerardo Parra. The left fielder was unable to block the ball as it bounced past his glove and to the wall. Nolan Arenado scored from first and Parra was rewarded with a rather fortunate triple. Charlie Blackmon singled him home to tie things up at 2-2 before Harvey ended the inning by inducing a double-play against D.J. LeMahieu and striking out Tony Wolters.
Harvey's middle-inning maladies weren't the only worrying trend to continue on Friday night, as the Mets' bats struggled once again. The team took a 2-0 lead in the second after Neil Walker lived up to his name and walked and ball-magnet Asdrubal Cabrera was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this season. Kevin Plawecki followed them with a ripped two-run double to center field. That'd be all for the Mets' offense, though. Mets not named Noah Syndergaard have a grand total of three RBI in their last four games, and they all belong to the catcher. Plawecki is enjoying a nice road trip at the dish, hitting .280/.308/.560 in seven games.
The only other bright spot came in the form of the Mets' bullpen. Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles combined for 2.1 innings of shutout baseball in relief. Blevins surrendered a double to Blackmon that drove the final run credited against Harvey before intentionally walking Trevor Story and striking out Carlos González to end the threat. In his first outing since surrendering a walk-off home run to the Dodgers' Trayce Thompson on Tuesday, Robles pitched two perfect innings, throwing just 17 pitches and 13 of them for strikes.
Gray pitched seven strong innings of two-run ball, surrendering six hits and one walk while striking out eight—including the first three and last two batters he faced. The 24-year-old former first-round draft pick went home with two baseballs: one for his first win in the majors, and another for his first career hit. He singled to lead off the fifth and scored on one of Story's two doubles.
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Big winners: None
Big losers: Matt Harvey (-13.3% WPA), Yoenis Cespedes (-13.3%), David Wright (-10.8%)
Teh aw3s0mest play: Kevin Plawecki hits a two-run double in the second (+16.9% WPA)
Teh sux0rest play: Gerardo Parra hits an RBI triple in the fourth (+16.6% WPA)
Total pitcher WPA: -16% WPA
Total batter WPA: -34% WPA
GWRBI!: Trevor Story