Matt Harvey pitched nine innings for his first career shutout as the New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-0.
Harvey (9-3) gave up four hits and struck out six in his first complete Major League Baseball game. He threw 106 pitches, including 78 strikes, at Citi Field in New York.
Harvey got hit in the knee with a line drive off Charlie Blackmon’s bat in the ninth inning, which threatened to end his night. He tried to wave off manager Terry Collins and a trainer and then threw a practice ball before getting the final out.
“I don’t like when they come on the field at all so I was trying to shoo them off as quick as I could,” Harvey told reporters. “I felt fine. I wanted to finish the game.”
Harvey, who had an ice pack on his knee after the game, played down the hit, while Collins saw a potentially serious injury.
“He must have thought I was blind if he thought I thought that glanced off that his leg,” Collins said. “I knew it hit him good.”