Matt Harvey struck out a career-high 13 batters on Tuesday at Turner Field, but his last outing was almost more notable for what he didn't accomplish.
Harvey, the Mets' electric young ace, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the third time this season. It ended on an infield single by Atlanta's Jason Heyward, and Harvey went on to surrender three runs on three hits and three walks before leaving with his sixth win.
"It's definitely one of those games where I thought [a no-hitter] was possible a little bit, more than the other ones," Harvey said afterward. "I was striking out a lot of guys, and they weren't putting the ball in the outfield too often. Anytime that's going on, you think in the back of your mind that this is possible."
With the way Harvey is pitching, a no-hitter isn't out of the question any time he takes the mound. He'll get another chance on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies, who have struggled against Harvey in three previous starts.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his first three outings against Philadelphia. He held the Phillies to one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine on April 8.
"Harvey is a big time pitcher," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who caught a few innings of Harvey's last start during a rain delay last Tuesday. "He has big-time stuff, a big-time arm."
Harvey (6-1, 2.16 ERA) is the fourth pitcher in the expansion era to hold an opposing team hitless through six innings three times within his first 25 career starts, joining Al Downing, Jose DeLeon and Kent Mercker in that exclusive club.
Meanwhile, the Phillies will start lefty John Lannan, making his second start after a disabled list stint that sidelined him for two months due to an injured left knee. His first turn back in the rotation was an encouraging start, as he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in five innings against the Nationals, his former team.
"It's been a pretty long time, it kind of flew by, but a lot of hard work to get back to this point," Lannan said. "And I'm glad to be back."
Lannan (0-1, 5.49 ERA) said afterward it was "awesome" to be back in the Phillies' rotation, but noted that he would have liked to pitch deeper into that game. He has a solid track record against the Mets, with a 5-4 record and 3.46 ERA in 12 career starts.
Mets: Duda travels to New York for MRI
• Lucas Duda, who complained Friday night of discomfort in his left side, returned to New York on Saturday morning to undergo an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he didn't know how Duda was hurt, just that it was bad enough for him to need a test.
Collins said Duda's injury was a "similar situation" to Justin Turner's intercostal strain, which forced him to go on the DL on Tuesday. If Duda has to go on the disabled list, the Mets might have to consider recalling Ike Davis, who had his second two-homer game in as many nights for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and has hit .333 in 11 games since being sent down.
"If Lucas has to go on the disabled list, Ike certainly has to be in the conversation," Collins said.
Phillies: Adams heads back to DL
• Setup man Mike Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with right biceps tendinitis, his second stint on the DL this season. Adams missed more than two weeks in May with a strained back and has struggled since his return, posting a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings over 11 games. Overall this season, Adams is 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 appearances.
To take his spot on the active roster, Philadelphia called up right-hander J.C. Ramirez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 24-year-old Ramirez came to the Phillies from Seattle when they traded Cliff Lee in December 2009. He started this season with Double-A Reading, earned a quick promotion to Lehigh Valley and is now on the verge of his Major League debut.
To make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated Michael Martinez for assignment. The infielder had seen only limited action during his two stints in the Majors this season.
• Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has hit .439 (18-for-41) with four doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBIs and seven multi-hit performances over his last 11 games. Over that stretch, he's raised his batting average from .251 to .282.
• Over their last seven games, the Mets bullpen has worked 24 innings and allowed two earned runs for a 0.75 ERA.