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B-Mets' Harvey finishing strong
Mets right-hander earns organization-leading 12th victory
08/22/2011 11:00 PM ET
Matt Harvey is 13th in the Minor Leagues with 151 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.
Matt Harvey is 13th in the Minor Leagues with 151 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings. (Binghamton Mets)
Matt Harvey moved into the organizational lead in wins on Monday. It might not be much longer before he's bidding for that in New York.

The Mets' 2010 first-rounder allowed four hits and struck out five over seven innings as Double-A Binghamton defeated Erie, 2-0.

Harvey walked two and faced three over the minimum in one of his best starts since being promoted to the Eastern League on June 26. The Mets' No. 3 prospect was aided by his defense, which turned three double plays behind him.

Harvey (4-3) began the year in the Florida State League, earning All-Star honors after going 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA for St. Lucie. The 22-year-old right-hander moved into the organizational lead by picking up his 12th win Monday, and he sports a 3.17 ERA in 24 starts this season between Class A Advanced and Double-A while ranking 13th in the Minor Leagues with 151 strikeouts.

The University of North Carolina product is coming off a couple of rough outings, having allowed six earned runs in his last two starts. Despite that, Harvey is riding a four-game winning streak for Binghamton, winners of five straight.

Josh Stinson tossed two hitless innings of relief to earn his fifth save for the Mets.

Dusty Ryan drew a bases-loaded walk and Eric Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to account for Binghamton's offense. Former first-rounder Reese Havens was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Juan Lagares extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth inning.

Drew Smyly (3-2), the Tigers' No. 6 prospect, took a tough loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits over seven innings. The 2010 second-rounder also struck out 10. He matched his career high, which he originally set July 25 with Class A Advanced Lakeland.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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