Matt Harvey set a franchise record by striking out 11 batters in his Major League Baseball debut as the New York Mets halted a six-game skid with a 3-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 23-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and walked three in 5 1/3 shutout innings at Chase Field in Phoenix last night. Harvey threw 106 pitches, including 65 strikes.
Harvey also had a double and a single, making him the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 batters and get two hits in his debut, the Associated Press said. The last Mets pitcher to get a pair of hits in his first game was David West on Sept. 24, 1988.
Harvey, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, was 7-5 with a 3.68 earned-run average for Triple-A Buffalo before he joined the Mets, who have starting pitchers Johan Santana, Dillon Gee and Mike Pelfrey on the disabled list.
The Mets, who have lost 12 of their past 14 games, are third in the National League East with a 48-51 record, 11 1/2 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.
Scott Hairston hit a two-run double in the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead and Andres Torres scored on Rob Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the fourth. Jason Kubel crossed home plate on Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Diamondbacks’ (49-50) only score.
Bobby Parnell got his third save after pitching one inning for the Mets (48-51).
Wade Miley (11-6) surrendered three runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings for the loss.