Mets stay hot with Matt Harvey and Orioles blast

BALTIMORE – After a resounding victory fueled largely by actors, Mets manager Luis Rojas provided an update on his division-leading team.

“You couldn’t be prouder,” he said. “Every guy who’s put on the Mets uni just helped us along the way.”

Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney have each scored twice, and the Mets decisively beat Matt Harvey for the second time this season, beating the Baltimore Orioles 14-1 on Wednesday night. New York has been plagued with injuries – and newly acquired star Francisco Lindor has struggled – but the Mets extended their lead in the NL East to 3.5 games over second-placed Atlanta.

Harvey, who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 2015, has faced his home team twice this year, on May 12 and Wednesday. The Mets won the May game at Citi Field, 7-1.

Harvey (3-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in both games. It lasted four innings and a third the first time around and three innings on Wednesday – when the crowd in Baltimore included many Mets fans who made their presence felt as their team poured out.

“I play for the Orioles. I’m not here for Mets fans or anything like that. I appreciate the Orioles fans who were here, ”said Harvey. “I have to be better in front of my local audience, and I guess I just have to work harder.”

Pete Alonso and Mason Williams also scored for the Mets. Taijuan Walker (5-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.07.

Pillar had three hits, including his first two home runs since being hit in the face by a fastpitch on May 17 and missed about two weeks.

“When I started to come back, when I was able to knock in the cage, there were just a few things – I feel like it’s hard to sort of recreate your stance and setup and feel. , when you run out of time, “Pillar mentioned. “I just entered the box or the cage, I opened up my position a bit, I just felt like I was giving myself a better visual, a bit tinkered with the positioning of my hand, and it was just fine. “

Alonso also enjoyed a night of three hits, ending it with a home run in the first inning and an RBI double in the ninth. McKinney also had three hits.

For the second night in a row, Alonso started the scoring with a two-run homerun in the first. Baltimore responded with a late-inning RBI single by Ryan Mountcastle, but the Mets opened the game by scoring five times with two outs in the third. James McCann and McKinney hit back-to-back RBI singles, and Pillar followed with a three-point shot to the left that made it 7-1.

McKinney added a solo homerun in the fifth, and Pillar and Williams had back-to-back solo shots in the eighth. McKinney closed the scoring with a three-run homer in the ninth.

Harvey has lost six straight decisions.

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