David Wright sure likes Philadelphia, even if the city isn’t so fond of him.
Wright homered, tripled and matched a New York Mets record with four extra-base hits to back Matt Harvey’s latest splendid start in an 8-0 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.
”This guy is tired, beat up, yet he rides it when you need him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. ”I’ve been around stars, and this guy’s as good as any of them.”
Wright, who has spent his entire 10-year career playing for one of Philadelphia’s biggest rivals, hit his 17th home run at Citizens Bank Park. He went 4 for 5 with two of New York’s season-high seven doubles, raising his numbers at the Phillies’ home field to .296 with 43 extra-base hits and 58 RBIs in 80 games.
With the Mets making a major marketing push to get Wright elected to start next month’s All-Star game at Citi Field, the third baseman is batting .405 with 14 extra-base hits in his last 17 games.
”It would be a tremendous honor and something I would really like to do,” Wright said. ”First and foremost, I’d like to be there for the All-Star game. But to be able to start it in your home park would be pretty special. I think (that’s) an understatement.”
Given a rare heaping of run support, Harvey (7-1) allowed two hits in six innings and struck out six to earn consecutive wins for the first time since mid-April. The 24-year-old right-hander tossed four perfect innings and threw a season-low 72 pitches – his outing was cut short by a 20-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Collins said there was no argument when he informed Harvey he would not return after the delay, and the manager didn’t want to take a chance with his young star.
”I said, `Nope, it’s not worth it,”’ Collins explained. ”The upside is too high.”
Harvey also hit an RBI double to deep right-center and scored in a three-run fifth that made it 4-0. Later, he hit a line drive that knocked reliever Joe Savery’s glove off his hand but was thrown out at first.
Harvey became the first Mets starter to win twice in one season at Citizens Bank Park, where New York took two of three after winning a five-game series at first-place Atlanta.
”He was really good,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ”He was getting the ball over the plate. He was getting his slider on the outside of the plate against the left-handed hitters and he comes right after you.”
Wright hit his 12th home run in the ninth and finished a single shy of the cycle. But he wouldn’t trade one of those doubles for a single.
”I like doubles,” Wright said.
The club said the previous Mets player to have four extra-base hits in a game was Edgardo Alfonzo on Aug. 30, 1999, at Houston.
New leadoff batter Eric Young Jr. had three hits and scored twice.
Philadelphia’s only threat against Harvey came in the fourth, when Chase Utley hit a leadoff double and Ryan Howard worked a one-out walk. But Harvey got out of the jam by striking out Domonic Brown on a 99 mph fastball and retiring Delmon Young on a grounder.
New York opened the scoring in the first when Marlon Byrd drove in Young with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Harvey helped himself by hitting the first of three RBI doubles for the Mets. Juan Lagares led off the inning with what appeared to be an easy fly to center, but Ben Revere fumbled the ball in the exchange from his glove to his bare hand and it was ruled it a three-base error, opening the door for New York.
The Mets added two more in the sixth. Josh Satin and John Buck drew back-to-back walks before Lagares chased Phillies starter John Lannan (0-2) with an RBI double. Buck scored on Omar Quintanilla’s sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Byrd hit an RBI double in the seventh after Wright’s triple.
Mets relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon closed it out, handing the Phillies their seventh shutout of the season.
NOTES: Harvey is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia. … The Mets beat the Phillies for the third time in their last 13 meetings. … Revere went 0 for 3, ending his 12-game hitting streak. … Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez struck out the side in order in the eighth in his major league debut. … Over the last eight games, the Mets’ bullpen has limited opponents to two earned runs in 27 innings (0.67 ERA). … The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip beginning with a three-game series in San Diego on Monday, when Cliff Lee takes the mound. … The Mets are off Monday before starting a two-game set with the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday, when top prospect Zack Wheeler will make his second big league start.