Harvey stymies Phils, can keep the check

PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Collins pulled out from the desk in the visiting manager’s office at Citizens Bank Park a white envelope with the words “IN ESCROW” handwritten on it.

“I’ve got it right here,” the manager said.

Collins had fined Matt Harvey $250 for a late ballpark arrival and good-naturedly offered to return the money if Harvey blanked the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Harvey surrendered one run in seven innings.

The manager offered the money back anyway.

Harvey declined.

“I gave up a run,” Harvey said after the Mets beat Philadelphia 7-2. “I told him I didn’t want it. I didn’t live up to what was going on. He keeps it. He can take his wife out to dinner or whatever. I think he was going to double it if I went nine, so I was trying.”

Said Collins: “In escrow. It’s accruing interest as we speak. He’s not going to get it today, but I’m not going to spend it. I know that. He’ll get it one of these days, I’ll tell you that. He deserves it. That’s a tough lineup to get through, especially when he didn’t have his best stuff.”

Harvey (2-0) has limited the San Diego Padres and the Phillies to one run on four hits and four walks while striking out 19 in 14 innings this season. This outing, though, Harvey struggled with his fastball command. So he relied on his secondary pitches, particularly his slider, to navigate the outing.

The lone damage came when Jimmy Rollins doubled to open the fourth inning and scored on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly. By then, the Mets had built a 4-0 lead, buoyed by a three-run homer by catcher John Buck against Roy Halladay.

“There was definitely a difference between the first start and this one,” Harvey said. “I could tell in the bullpen I was going to have to battle a little harder than I did the first outing. ... Today I really had to mix in a lot of everything. Fortunately, the slider was working good tonight.”

Said Buck: “I don’t think he had his A-stuff tonight, but he was able to ... throw his slider and some curveballs to get him back in the zone, and then he pitched a lot better.”

Harvey said he genuinely got excited facing Halladay.

“How could you not? You get the name ‘Doc’ for a reason,” Harvey said. “He’s going to be fine. He’s fun to watch. It’s pretty interesting that I watched him when I was growing up. Stepping into the batter’s box against him was pretty surreal. That was a fun matchup.”