Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/8/13
Matt Harvey provided nine dominating innings of work, tossing a one-hit shut out, while Mike Baxter supplied the walk-off dramatics in the tenth as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago White Sox 1-0. New York recorded it’s second shut-out of the season and improved to 3-2 in extra-inning affairs this season. REAL DEAL HARVEY: Harvey set a career-high with 12 strikeouts, and was nearly perfect on Tuesday night, allowing just one hit over nine stellar innings of work, though his efforts were rewarded with a no-decision. “Everything was obviously working,” Harvey told reporters after the game. “When I can throw my slider for a strike and also bounce it when I need to, that’s when it starts getting fun. That was definitely the best I felt all year.“ It was his fourth career double-digit strikeout game and second of the season. He now has 128 strikeouts over 17 career starts,  that is the second-highest total through a players first 17-games in franchise history (Dwight Gooden, 133). AP Photo/Kathy Willens The right-hander retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the seventh.  With two-outs in the frame, Alex Rios hit a grounder into the hole at short.  Ruben Tejada fielded the play and with his best efforts, leaped and fired a throw to first.  Rios, however, beat out the infield single by the narrowest of margins, ending the no-hit and perfect-game bids. “In that hole it’s tough,” Harvey said of the Rios single.  “Obviously anything going away and then making that long throw, I knew it was going to have to be absolutely perfect. He made an awesome attempt.” In three of his first 17 career games, Harvey has allowed one hit and tossed at least seven innings.  That is the most such games in MLB since 1916. Seriously, what else can be said about Harvey.  He’s freakin’ awesome.  And, I don’t think many would disagree with Jim Bowden, who tweeted the following after the game: #bbpBox_331953082260926466 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_331953082260926466 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Matt Harvey is the best pitcher in baseball right now #justsayin about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @JimBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN OH BAXTER, YOU ARE MY LITTLE GENTLEMAN: Mike Baxter singled home Ike Davis with one-out in the tenth to give NY a 1-0 walk-off victory.  It was BAxter’s first game winning hit of his career and the clubs third of the season.  Leading off the frame, Davis worked a six-pitch walk, before moving into scoring position on a Juan Lagares sacrifice bunt.  NY had stranded seven runners on base up to this point, but Baxter was able to cash in on his only opportunity, ripping a single to right. TWEET OF THE NIGHT: #bbpBox_331953960837582848 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_331953960837582848 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } What a win!! @MattHarvey33 was unbelievable once again and #baxter with a clutch hit in the 10th. #walkoffsarefun about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @DillonGee35 Dillon Gee GO-FOR-TWO: Jeremy Hefner will oppose Jake Peavy tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.  
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