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Recap: Mets 3, Cubs 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 17, 2013 2:20 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Having already impressed with his arm, Matt Harvey got to show off his bat.

The 24-year-old right-hander won his fifth straight decision, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings and singling in the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday.

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``This guy is different. He's not your run-of-the-mill young pitcher,' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ``This guy has got some savvy. He's got great confidence.'

Daniel Murphy and David Wright homered for the Mets, and reserve right fielder Marlon Byrd preserved the lead by throwing out a runner at the plate in the eighth inning. The Mets won consecutive games for the first time since May 1 and 3.

Harvey (5-0) won his first four starts of the year, then failed to get a decision in his next four outings.

``I think today, the big thing was the curveball,' Harvey said after his 19th major league start. ``I had that working well and was able to throw that for a strike when I needed to.'

Collins said that earlier this year he would have hit for Harvey when the pitcher's spot came up following Ankiel's seventh-inning double. But with the Mets' offense struggling, Collins is thinking more about pitching and defense.

Harvey went up to the plate and singled to break a 2-2 tie.

``That was awesome,' Harvey said. ``That was huge for me.'

Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the first with three hits off Harvey, who had allowed just three first-inning hits this year.

Starlin Castro singled, Anthony Rizzo doubled and Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI single to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who ranged behind second and bounced a catchable one-hop throw past first baseman Ike Davis for a throwing error as Rizzo came home.

Nate Schierholtz lined to center, starting a streak in which Harvey retired 20 of 21 batters around Castro's one-out single in the third.

``All of the sudden, he got it going,' Collins said. ``He had such a rough first inning. You worry about it late in the game. Then all the sudden he started cruising. He started getting a feel for it. I tell you, he is a horse, no doubt about it.'

Harvey struck out six and walked none, with his ERA going from 1.45 to 1.55. Scott Rice, Gregg Burke and Bobby Parnell combined for one-hit relief, with Parnell pitching a perfect ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.

``After that first inning, it was kind of the Matt Harvey show,' Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ``He's obviously the real deal.'

Edwin Jackson (1-6), coming off a victory at Washington on May 11, gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Cubs.

Wright drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left in the first inning for his sixth homer. Murphy's opposite-field home run to left leading off the fourth tied it at 2.

Ankiel doubled to right just over Schierholtz's glove with one out in the seventh. Harvey, at that point 2 for 18 at the plate this year, singled to left.

Byrd preserved the lead in the eighth. Darwin Barney singled leading off and was sacrificed to second, and Rice relieved Harvey.

David DeJesus singled sharply to right, and third base coach David Bell sent Barney home. Byrd threw on the fly to catcher John Buck, and the ball beat Barney by about 15 feet. Barney didn't even bother to slide and slowed down as Buck applied the tag.

``Turned out it wasn't a very close play,' Bell said. ``It's disappointing, it was the wrong decision. I just watched the replay again, and it wasn't close. As a third base coach, you want to make the right decision, and that wasn't the right decision.'

NOTES: Sveum would not put a date on the return of RHP Matt Garza to the starting rotation. Garza threw 75 pitches in six innings Thursday for Triple-A Iowa. Garza strained a lat muscle in training camp and has not pitched for the Cubs this season. ``He did what we asked him to do,' Sveum said. ... Davis ended an 0-for-24 slide with a sixth-inning single.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mets at Cubs
Fri, May 17 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mets at Cubs
Sat, May 18 Final 2 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mets at Cubs
Sun, May 19 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  -140   +110   7 
 CHC  +130   -130   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  -153   +105   7 
 CHC  +138   -125   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  68%   81%   62% 
 CHC  32%   19%   38% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB RECAPS
 Friday, May 17
 
    Mets at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Rays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Braves
7:30 PM EDT
    Tigers at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Giants at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    White Sox at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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