Mets’ Matt Harvey outduels Hector Santiago in White Sox’ 1-0 loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com May 7, 2013 8:54PM
Updated: May 9, 2013 12:12AM
NEW YORK -- White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago was about as good as he can be.
Mets right-hander Matt Harvey was even better.
Neither was around at the end to see the scoreless duel they started at Citi Field on Tuesday night, which concluded with Mike Baxter’s RBI single against Nate Jones in the 10th inning for a 1-0 Mets victory.
Bobby Parnell was the winner in relief.
Sox right fielder Alex Rios broke up Harvey’s perfect game with an infield single with two outs in the seventh, the only Sox to reach base against the prized 24-year-old righthander. Shortstop Ruben Tejada backhanded Rios’ grounder in the hole and left his feet throwing to first, but Rios beat the throw, his foot hitting the bag as the ball hit first baseman Ike Davis’ glove.
After Harvey retired 27 of 28 batters he faced with a career high 12 strikeouts, he was replaced by Bobby Parnell in the 10th. Harvey threw 105 pitches.
Harvey, 24, entered the game with a 4-0 record and left with a 1.28 ERA. He was voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Santiago, pitching in front of more than 100 family and friends, allowed no runs on four hits over seven innings. Santiago, making his second start since joining the starting rotation last week, threw 111 pitches. He struck out eight, walked two and retired 14 of the last 16 Mets he faced. Santiago’s ERA is 1.69.
The Sox played extra innings for the second day in a row. They defeated the Royals 2-1 in 11 innings in Kansas City on Monday afternoon.