June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Matt Harvey won back-to-back starts for the first time in two months, combining with two relief pitchers on a four-hit shutout as the New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-0.
Harvey improved his record to 7-1 on the Major League Baseball season by allowing two hits over six scoreless innings while striking out six. Although he threw only 72 pitches, Harvey didn’t return to yesterday’s game in Philadelphia following a 21-minute seventh-inning rain delay.
“If it had been 10 minutes, it might have been a different story, but we had a six, seven-run lead and have an off-day tomorrow for the bullpen,” Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game.
Harvey hadn’t recorded consecutive victories since April, when he won his first four starts of the season.
Third baseman David Wright had two doubles, a triple and a home run to become the ninth player in Mets history with four extra-base hits in a game. Wright and Marlon Byrd each drove in two runs for New York.
The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 3-1 yesterday on James Loney’s two-run single in the seventh inning, earning a split of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays won their franchise record-tying 11th straight game with a 13-5 rout of the Baltimore Orioles as Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run and drove in four runs.
The Blue Jays, who also won 11 games in a row during the 1987 and 1998 seasons, scored nine runs over the first three innings at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
In a matchup of division leaders, the Detroit Tigers beat Boston 7-5 after scoring three runs in the eighth inning following two errors by the Red Sox.
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