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Pirates 12, Mets 7: This Time, Matt Harvey Struggles Against the Pirates

The Mets stormed back quickly, though, with a five-run outburst in the fifth inning. First, Michael Conforto tied the game with a two-run homer. Three batters later, Neil Walker, a former Pirate, hit a line drive to right field that flummoxed Gregory Polanco, who paused charging the ball, crouched and then dove late as Walker turned a likely third out into a triple on the misplay. It scored Jay Bruce, and the Mets had a 5-4 lead.

The Pirates were not done with their fifth-inning follies. A wild pitch by Cole allowed Walker to dart home for another run, and Lucas Duda capped the inning with a solo home run, his second towering shot of the game; Duda also took Cole deep in the second with a two-run homer. Over his last nine games, Duda has six home runs.

Despite control problems for Harvey, he was in good standing to win his third straight start for the first time since early 2015. But he yielded a leadoff home run to Josh Bell in the sixth and then walked Andrew McCutchen, sending Manager Terry Collins out to pull Harvey after 102 pitches.

“Just location,” Harvey said in diagnosing his problems. “I felt good the entire game. You…

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