Rapid Reaction: ‘Stros Tee Off Against Matt Harvey, Defeat Mets 12-8

The New York Mets (58-76) were defeated by the Houston Astros (81-53) by a score of 12-8 this afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey took the mound for the Mets today in his first start since June 14 and was lit up like a Christmas tree.

The 28-year-old was tagged for seven runs on eight hits while striking out three in the shortest outing of his career.

Harvey hit George Springer to lead off the game and subsequently let up a single through the hole on the left side to Alex Bregman. Jose Altuve promptly drove in the first run of the game the next at-bat on a laser to left.

After getting Josh Reddick to fly out, Marwin Gonzalez doubled off Harvey to plate two. A Cameron Maybin single then made it a 4-0 game, but the righty was able to retire the next two batters.

In the second, things weren’t any better for Harvey. He allowed three more runs including a two-run blast from George Springer.

Tommy Milone came on in relief of Harvey in the third and pitched a clean inning, but let up three runs the next two innings to make it a then 10-2 ballgame.

The bespectacled Jacob Rhame finished off the fifth and went on to toss a clean sixth in his big league debut. Rhame was acquired from the Dodgers in the Curtis Granderson trade.

Jamie Callahan, who came over in the Addison Reed deal, was next in line for New York and surrendered two runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Smoker bailed him out by recording the last out of the seventh.

Erik Goeddel allowed a hit, but got through the eighth inning unscathed.

Offense:

Charlie Morton kept the Mets off the board until the fourth inning when Dominic Smith drilled a two-run shot into the Crawford boxes in left field.

Morton tossed five solid innings, striking out nine Mets but labored through 103 pitches.

In the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera stepped into the dish with the bases juiced and smacked a ball to right field to cut the lead to 10-3.

Wilmer Flores then followed suit with a grand slam, his 18th long ball of the season to make it a 10-7 game, the closest score of the day at the time.

The aforementioned Cabrera launched a solo shot in the ninth inning off former Met Tyler Clippard to trim the score to 12-8.

However, the Mets couldn’t mount a comeback as the early deficit was too large to overcome.

On deck:

The Mets will play the latter portion of their doubleheader at 8:10 p.m. with Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.85 ERA) taking on Brad Peacock (10-2, 3.12 ERA).

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