Matt Harvey allowed two runs and struck out six over 7 1/3 innings as the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 for their second consecutive victory.
Harvey gave up both runs in the bottom of the first and allowed two hits and no walks over the next 6 1/3 innings yesterday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs for New York.
Chicago almost tied the game after Harvey’s departure in the eighth inning, when David DeJesus singled off Mike Rice with a runner on second. Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd fielded the ball and fired home, beating Darwin Barney by more than five feet.
Harvey, 24, moved to 5-0 with a 1.55 earned run average this season. He has pitched into the sixth inning in all nine starts this season and is yet to allow more than three runs.
At Yankee Stadium, Hiroki Kuroda (6-2) pitched a two-hitter and struck out five in eight innings in the Yankees’ 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees (26-16) lead the American League East, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees got all their runs off Mark Buehrle (1-3), who allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four in six innings.
Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte (4-3) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle.
Pettitte, 40, allowed two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium before exiting the game with a tight back muscle near his left shoulder on May 16, the team said. The Yankees lost 3-2 to the Seattle Mariners.
Besides Pettitte, catcher Francisco Cervelli, shortstop Derek Jeter, first baseman Mark Teixeira, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and infielders Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Nunez are on New York’s disabled list.
-- Editor: Rob Gloster