It may be called a quality start, but Matt Harvey didn't share that opinion of his outing Wednesday.
Despite pitching well in the New York Mets' 7-3, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up just four hits and three runs in six innings, Harvey was unforgiving about his no-decision.
"You guys know me. In my mind I sucked," Harvey said. "I have to be better."
Harvey once again was his usual overpowering, precise self, throwing a first-pitch strike to 19 of 23 hitters. After two singles in the first led to a run, he made just one bad pitch the rest of the way, a 2-0 fastball to Matt Kemp in the sixth that caught too much of the plate and ended up in the seats for a two-run homer that put the Dodgers ahead 3-1. Harvey was replaced with a pinch hitter in the sixth in the hopes of keeping a rally going.
Harvey has been so good that his start Wednesday qualified as his worst outing of the season. The three runs he surrendered ended a streak of six consecutive starts in which he allowed one run or less, a string that dates back to last year. He didn't make it to the seventh inning for the first time all season.
The pitcher added a double in the fifth and later scored to tie the game at 1-1.
"I've got work to do," Harvey said. "I've got to move on from this start, get ready for my next start."
With the Mets trailing 3-2, Baxter pinch hit to lead off the inning and hit a low liner to left. Outfielder Carl Crawford came in and made a sliding attempt at the ball, but he couldn't corral it.
As the ball trickled away from Crawford, Baxter sped toward second, looking to grab that extra base. Crawford didn't hustle toward the ball and Baxter beat the throw. He came around to score when David Wright singled with two outs.
"I [was] just kind of hustling out of the box trying to get down to first base hard, in case something happened," Baxter said. "That case, it did, it kind of kicked off his glove a little bit more than expected and thankfully I was able to move up."
MIXED-UP MARLON: Kemp's home run came after a review, as it originally was ruled a triple. Upon video review, the umpires ruled that Kemp's shot had crossed the wall in right. It appeared to hit a security guard sitting just beyond the wall before bouncing back.
Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd wasn't sure what happened, chasing after the ball when it came back on the field.
"It's one of those balls, when you go up, you're just hoping it goes in your glove," Byrd said. "All of a sudden you then see it on the field and you start just panicking tying to get to it."