Reading, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Matt Harvey allowed three runs in the first inning and the Reading Phillies rode that frame to a 3-2 victory over Binghamton Saturday night at First Energy Stadium.
The 2010 first-rounder has now allowed first-inning runs in four of his five Double-A starts, which account for 10 of the 18 runs he has allowed with the B-Mets.
The first two hitters in the first inning went quietly against Harvey.
However, the righty walked Matt Rizzoti to extend the frame.
It proved costly as it triggered four straight to reach.
Carlos Rivero followed with a single to center.
Steve Susdorf got the R-Phils on the board next with an RBI single to center and Derrick Mitchell rounded out the scoring with a two-run single to right.
Binghamton finally got to R-Phils’ starter Austin Hyatt in the fourth.
Jordany Valdespin led off with a single.
He stole second and moved to third on Allan Dykstra’s flyout to center.
After Dusty Ryan struck out, Eric Campbell spanked a single to left to draw the B-Mets within two.
Harvey settled in after the troublesome first inning and chalked up four, straight scoreless frames.
He departed to the loss after five innings.
The Mystic, Conn. native allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five.
Hyatt exited to the win after six innings with a quality start in tow.
He allowed a run on four hits and struck out six for his ninth win of the season.
Mike Cisco came out of the bullpen to work the seventh for Reading.
He retired the first hitter he faced before getting to Raul Reyes.
The B-Mets’ rightfielder sized up an 0-1 fastball from the righty and lined a solo homer into the pool over the right field wall for his seventh blast of the season.
Reading passed the ball to Jake Diekman in the eighth to preserve a one-run lead.
He retired two men, but exited with two runners on in favor of closer Justin Friend.
The R-Phils’ stopper got the lefty out of trouble by striking out Reese Havens to end the inning.
Friend worked the ninth in order to seal the win and nail down his seventh save.
The B-Mets got solid relief from Josh Stinson, who tossed two, shutout innings, and Rhiner Cruz, who worked a scoreless eighth.
Valdespin and Campbell enjoyed two-hit games to account for four of Binghamton’s six hits.