Hard-luck Harvey gets another no-decision

Terry Collins had a message for his offense after Matt Harvey once again received a no-decision despite pitching well in the Mets' 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

"He did his job. He can't do all the hitting for us," Collins said. "He did what exactly what he's supposed to do and that's keep us in the game. We needed big innings out of him, we needed him to get deep in the game today and he did exactly that."

Despite having some control problems early, Harvey rebounded to give the Mets a chance to win, only to see the offense fail at Citi Field. Harvey now has recorded four straight no-decisions despite giving up a total of six runs in those four games.

"Can't win games if you don't score," Mets outfielder Lucas Duda said. "We got to continue to work hard. Things are going to change soon."

Harvey had a solid final line but it became evident early that he didn't have the same overpowering and dominating stuff he had against Chicago on Tuesday, when he threw nine innings of one-hit ball.

In the third, the normally precise pitcher lost the plate and it resulted in the only runs he gave up. He served up a solo homer to Clint Barmes to tie the score at 1-1, and later issued two four-pitch walks that led to a run. It marked the first time all year Harvey gave up a lead.

The youngster settled into his groove after the third, and ended up with a no-decision after the Mets tied the game in the seventh. Harvey credited catcher John Buck with helping him find his rhythm after his early struggles. Harvey gave up five hits and two walks while striking out four.

"It was tough. Definitely a battle. You're going to have those days. You're not going to have pinpoint location every time, and I needed to put up zeroes today and I wasn't able to do that," Harvey said. "I was happy that I went seven innings and gave us a chance to win."

While Harvey didn't have one of his stellar starts, he certainly could have been the winning pitcher. The Mets' bats, though, didn't cooperate as part of their weeklong offensive woes. In this six-game homestand against Chicago and Pittsburgh, the Mets scored three runs or less in every game.

In the eighth, trailing 3-2, the Mets missed out on their biggest opportunity. With one out and runners on the corners, new cleanup hitter Ike Davis struck out, inciting a chorus of boos.

Duda followed with a grounder that seemed destined to be a base hit after it careened off the first-base bag, but it went right to Pirates second baseman Brandon Inge and resulted in an out.

Even when the Mets registered a good at-bat, like Duda did, it just hasn't been going their way at the plate.

"That's how it goes right now," Mets outfielder Mike Baxter said about Duda's at-bat. "It's cliché to say, but when it rains it pours."