first_imgCHICAGO — Matt Harvey refused to let a hard-luck loss get him down.Despite being letdown by both his offense and his bullpen, the New York Mets ace kept his comments upbeat and centered on the team — not himself — on May 13.Chris Coghlan drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Mets, wasting seven shutout innings from Harvey.The Cubs, who have won three straight, scored twice in the final two innings as Carlos Torres (1-2) suffered the loss.The Mets still are in first place in the NL East, but have lost three straight and have dropped six of eight on the road.“After the last couple of weeks, we really needed that,” Harvey said. “We’re gonna be ready to play (Thursday). We’ve got a long stretch of games and we’re all gonna stay positive and go out there.”The right-hander allowed only three hits and struck out nine by blended a blistering fastball with a heavy dose of off-speed pitches. But that was only good enough for a no decision — especially with the offense struggling.“We’re gonna put up runs,” he said. “We’re in a little bit of a rut right now, but, obviously, everybody goes through that. Tomorrow’s the first day to come out of it.”The Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the eighth. Addison Russell had a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dexter Fowler.With New York’s bullpen short, Torres stayed in to start the ninth and gave up back-to-back hits to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro before intentionally walking Miguel Montero. After Mets Manager Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded and no one out, Coghlan drew a walk to give the Cubs the win.“It’s always tough to lose a tough game like that, especially when you’ve had the outing. Matt pitched a great game,” Collins said. “We’re just not giving any of our guys any room to wiggle, but he was outstanding.”Hector Rondon (2-0) earned the win for the Cubs after pitching a scoreless ninth.Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed only two hits until the fifth inning when the Mets broke a scoreless tie.A single by Curtis Granderson and a Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning gave the Mets runners on second and third with nobody out. Michael Cuddyer grounded out to score Granderson before Hammel pitched out of trouble to limit the damage to one run.New York’s only other threat came in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score as Hammel got Wilmer Flores top pop out to short left field and then struck out Kevin Plawecki.“That was a big moment because you don’t want to give up several runs and then have to face (Harvey),” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “Once he got by that moment, he really settled in and pitched wonderfully.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more