NEW YORK -- Chicago's first-ever game in Flushing was one it will want to forget as the White Sox were blanked, 1-0, in 10 innings by the Mets Tuesday night at Citi Field.
How it happened: The Mets won the game on Mike Baxter's RBI single in the 10th, but the real reason for their victory was starter Matt Harvey. The right-hander simply dominated the White Sox on Tuesday, throwing a complete-game one-hitter. He had a perfect game through 6 2/3 innings before Alex Rios barely beat out an infield single to break it up. Harvey responded by promptly fanning Adam Dunn for his 10th strikeout of the night, and he finished with a career-high 12 against this punchless lineup. Harvey is a master of getting ahead and that puts hitters at the mercy of his devastating fastball and equally as damaging off-speed pitches. He breezed through the game.
What it means: The White Sox wasted a fantastic outing from Hector Santiago, who threw seven innings of shutout ball. While Harvey made it look effortless, Santiago labored at times, going deep in counts and putting several men on. He retired the final eight batters he faced before being pulled for reliever Matt Lindstrom. In his last two start he's gone 12 1/3 innings and given up just one run. He struck out eight and gave up four hits.
Outside the box: This marked the first time the White Sox had ever played a game against the Mets in Flushing. In fact, this is just the second time the two teams have ever met, as they only previously met from June 10-12, 2002. Entering Tuesday, the Mets were the only NL team the White Sox had never played a series against. After Harvey's outing, the White Sox probably wish it had stayed that way.
Off beat: In the last two games, Chicago starters pitched 14 1/3 innings and gave up just one run -- and received two no-decisions for their efforts. Were it not for a rally in the top of the ninth Monday, the White Sox would have been 0-2 in those games instead of 1-1. As they drop to 13-18 on the year, all the fingers have to continue to be pointed at the bats. The staff has thrown 13 quality starts in the last 18 games.