BY SEAN SMITH
August 11 2015 — The New York Mets entered Citi Field Tuesday night resting on an one and a half games up on the second place Washington Nationals. Manager Terry Collins sent his “Dark Knight,” Matt Harvey, to the mound in Flushing Meadows to face off against the Colorado Rockies’ left hander Chris Rusin. Both Harvey and Rusin turned in great outings for their respected teams. A Ruben Tejada 2-out single in the sixth inning would put the Mets on top 1-0, and a 3-run eighth inning would provide insurance needed to secure the 4-0 Mets victory.
The New York Mets’ pitching yet again proved to be the deciding factor in their victory this evening. Matt Harvey could do no wrong. The righty pitched eight scoreless innings of work, giving up just four hits while striking out four and walking none. Only one of Harvey’s four hits allowed left the infield. Sufficed to say the “Hero of Gotham” was on his game. Mets reliever Eric O’Flaherty came on to pitch a scoreless ninth to finish out the game in a non-save situation.
The Mets’ offense was able to get runners in scoring position early. However that is where the runners would remain. Although giving themselves multiple early opportunities, the game would remain scoreless until the sixth inning. Michael Cuddyer got the Mets going with a one out single in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a line out off the bat of Wilmer Flores, Travis d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada would put together back to back singles, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets would go on to tack on three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Curtis Granderson started the scoring by drawing a bases loaded walk, and Juan Lagares would follow with a 2-run double. The Mets offense, although off to a slow start, eventually plated four runs against Rockie pitching.
For the second night in a row the Metropolitan offense took advantage of a struggling Colorado pitching staff. This win is the 40th home victory for the Mets this season, matching the team’s total all of last season.