Giants' three homers sink Harvey, Mets

Giants' three homers sink Harvey, Mets

NEW YORK -- After being no-hit a night earlier, the Mets collected 11 hits Wednesday. But the Giants countered with 14 of their own, three of them homers off Matt Harvey, and cruised to an 8-5 win at Citi Field.

Brandon Belt and Justin Maxwell homered during a five-run sixth inning, over which San Francisco transformed a two-run deficit into a three-run lead. Buster Posey's two-run double tied the game and Belt's opposite-field tater off Harvey made a winner of Giants starter Tim Hudson.

Belt's two-run homer

Hudson struggled with his mechanics throughout the outing, surrendering four runs over five innings, allowing two walks and striking out just one. But that was enough to outduel Harvey, who surrendered seven earned runs for the second time in his last four starts. Harvey fell to 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA over his last four starts, while San Francisco won for the ninth time in its last 10 tries against New York.

"Check the counts they had when they hit the ball," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Harvey's performance. "He was 0-2, 1-2, 0-2, and those balls are around the plate. With his stuff, you don't get hit that hard unless the ball's in the middle of the plate."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Homer happy: The Giants were not supposed to be a power-hitting team but became the first opponent to hit three homers off Harvey in the same game. Joe Panik continued his career-best 14-game hitting streak with a two-run blast in the first inning before Belt and Maxwell got to Harvey during San Francisco's five-run sixth.

Maxwell's solo homer

"I think the talent. There's not many hitters that are going to handle the pitches they handled tonight, so you give the hitter credit," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's great stuff that we're facing, but they fought. It's all about battling every at-bat."

Harvey hammered: The seven earned runs tied a career high for Harvey, and the three home runs allowed set a career high. The right-hander fell behind immediately by surrendering a Panik's homer two batters into the game. Then Harvey tossed four scoreless innings and appeared to be in a groove. That ended abruptly when the first five batters reached in the sixth and the first four scored. Harvey walked two and struck out a career-low two.

"Everything was all over the place," Harvey said. "I'm not putting people away when I need to. I'm not keeping people off base when I need to and obviously I'm not keeping the ball in the yard when I need to."

Mets on loss to Giants

d'Arnaud's return: Mets starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in his return to the lineup after more than seven weeks on the disabled list. d'Arnaud, who was hit by a pitch that broke his right pinkie finger April 19, also made an acrobatic play on a foul popup he initially misjudged.

d'Arnaud's tough catch

"I feel good," d'Arnaud said. "I'm just trying to keep the same approach that I had when I came up last year." More >

1-2 punch: Nori Aoki and Panik ignited the Giants' offense from the top of the lineup, going a combined 7-for-10 with a home run, four runs and two RBIs. Aoki matched his career high with four hits (six times) while Panik, who is playing in front of his family and friends from his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y., continued his torrid pace lately. During his 14-game hitting streak, he is batting .407 with three homers and 10 RBIs and has reached base in 22 straight games.

Panik's two-run homer

"I feel like he's always on base," Panik said of Aoki. "It's great because with his speed, pitchers worry about him. It gets them out of their rhythm and oftentimes when you're not focused solely on the hitter, you'll make a mistake here and there. I'm the recipient of that sometimes."

QUOTABLE
"Just a terrible performance. The last couple starts have been extremely bad. I'm just not getting it done. I'm not helping the team in any way." -- Harvey

"I think it helps, too, knowing that there's not one single person in this lineup that thinks that they have to carry the load. You know if you don't get the job done, somebody behind you will." -- Belt

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Harvey allowed just four home runs over his first eight starts, but eight in the four starts since. That total of 12 is the same number Harvey allowed over his first 36 career starts.

"We're not used to seeing the home runs hit off him," Collins said. "It's new territory and we have to battle through it."

Panik's two-run homer in the first inning came with an 0-2 count against Harvey, the first time he has ever surrendered a home run with an 0-2 count.

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Right-hander Tim Lincecum, who starts Thursday's series finale, has surrendered four runs in each of his last three starts. However, he has always pitched well against the Mets. He has won each of his last six decisions against New York and owns a 2.88 ERA in 11 career starts.

Mets: Jon Niese needs to pitch better if the Mets are going to continue to struggle offensively, or if they still have interest in trading him. New York sends the lefty to the mound Thursday as the Mets look to salvage at least one of the three-game series with the Giants. Niese has lost his last four decisions and owns a 3-6 record and 4.43 ERA overall.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.