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Matt Harvey shows he's human . . . and unlucky

Matt Harvey sits in the dugout during the

Matt Harvey sits in the dugout during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (June 2, 2013) Credit: Getty

MIAMI -- Matt Harvey, who gave up a career-high 10 hits and lasted a season-low five innings, didn't have bad stuff on Sunday, according to his catcher, John Buck.

"He had unfortunate stuff," Buck said of the Mets' pitching phenom. "They hit a bunch of bleeders."

That's about the only way the veteran could make sense of what he saw as the worst team in baseball -- the Miami Marlins, who entered this series at 13-41 before sweeping the three games -- tagged one of the game's best pitchers for three runs in the first inning and one in the second.

All this by an offense that was averaging 2.7 runs per game before the weekend started.

Harvey watched his ERA rise from 1.85 to 2.17. He got a no-decision and remained 5-0, becoming the first pitcher in Mets history to go undefeated through his first 12 starts of a season.

Harvey threw 100 pitches, 62 of them strikes. He struck out five but allowed two walks and the four runs.

"I feel like I struggled with everything," said Harvey, who hasn't won since May 17. "I didn't execute my pitches well. I don't think they squared up on balls very much, but it was one of those days where they found the holes."

That was the case in the first inning, when Juan Pierre beat out a perfectly placed drag bunt and Ed Lucas hit a three-hopper that was well situated between first baseman Ike Davis and second baseman Daniel Murphy.

With one out, rookie Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run triple. Mets centerfielder Rick Ankiel broke in before retreating. By that time, it was too late.

With the infield in, the Marlins capped the three-run inning with a bloop double by Chris Coghlan that barely got over the glove of shortstop Omar Quintanilla in short leftfield.

The Marlins came back in the second with another seemingly harmless hit that found a hole.

Lucas, a 31-year-old rookie who had never had a big-league hit before this weekend, did the damage again, driving in Rob Brantly with a single up the middle. Harvey and Murphy both were a split-second late in their efforts to get to the chopper.

Lucas went 4-for-4, something he hadn't done in "years" in the minors.

Harvey said he adjusted after the second inning and started more batters with off-speed stuff. But even that seemed like a negative for Harvey, who is often very hard on himself.

"It's more of a frustration about not picking up on that earlier," he said. "I didn't do a good job of starting off the game like that."

Mets manager Terry Collins said getting swept by the Marlins was "unexpected," especially when he had his ace on the mound to try to salvage the finale.

"It was not the Matt Harvey we know," Collins said. "He had to work very hard to even get five innings. It shows everybody is human."

Harvey said he saw very few, if any, positives -- except for one.

"I'm just excited," Harvey said, "that I get to face them again on Friday."


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