Mets 1, White Sox 0 (10 innings): Santiago good, Harvey better, neither win

Victory! - The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Baxter single makes third consecutive extra-innings game a losing proposition

This story would have been a lot different if Alex Rios didn't hit a weak grounder off the end of the bat toward the hole on the left side with two outs in the seventh inning.

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada cut it off and made a terrific on-target jump throw, but it was half a step too late. Rios beat it out for an infield single, and because he did, Matt Harvey's dominant performance won't be officially recognized as any amazing feat.

Hell, thanks to Hector Santiago, he didn't even get the win.

Harvey allowed just the one hit over nine innings. Here's how dominant he was -- he struck out a career-high 12, but only needed 105 pitches. He didn't get to a full count until Jordan Danks took his way into a 3-1 count, but he just ended up being Harvey's 11th strikeout victim. He also fanned Alejandro De Aza to end his night, and it looked like he could've easily come back for the 10th.

Instead, it's Bobby Parnell who will get the win. He also retired the Sox in order, turning it back over to the White Sox's pitching to see if it would crack. Sure enough, Nate Jones walked the leadoff man in his second inning of work, and after a sac bunt, Mike Baxter smacked a low liner along the right-field line. It bounded all the way to the wall, and the Mets had a walk-off victory.

Hector Santiago, pitching in front of lots of family and friends, ended up matching Harvey in the decision category. After stranding two runners in each of the first two innings (both of which required 24 pitches), Santiago settled in and ended up throwing seven strong innings himself. He ended up with a respectable pitch count of 111, allowing four hits, two walks and one hit batsman while striking out eight.

Matt Lindstrom threw a 1-2-3 inning, and so did Jones before Robin Ventura trotted him out for the 10th. Ventura did have Matt Thornton in as an option against the lefty Baxter, although given they were playing in an NL park and could only muster an infield single through 10 innings, Ventura was probably right to conserve pitchers.

Speaking of NL rules, Hector Santiago forgot he had to hit, and drew some boos for the delay he caused in getting to the plate, although in his defense, he didn't even bother to find batting gloves. He ended up striking out, but he did give the Sox some of their more convincing swings on the evening.

Record: 13-18 | Box score | Play-by-play

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