Mets happy to have veteran Shoppach on board

Mets happy to have veteran Shoppach on board

WASHIGNTON -- Kelly Shoppach's Mets debut ended in an 0-for-3 night at the plate for the newly acquired catcher, but his two runs scored helped boost New York to an 8-4 win over the Reds on Thursday.

Perhaps more importantly, Shoppach helped 23-year-old right-hander Matt Harvey to the best outing of his rookie season. Harvey threw 7 2/3 innings with Shoppach behind the plate, allowing just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

"Matt let Kelly use his experience," manager Terry Collins said. "He's caught similar guys to Matt before. I thought Kelly did a nice job."

The Mets acquired Shoppach to catch when the opponents have a left-handed pitcher on the mound, as the 32-year-old catcher holds a .270 average against southapaws, with 31 home runs in 492 at-bats in his career. On the season, Shoppach is batting .245 with five home runs and 17 RBIs overall.

Josh Thole, the other catcher on the Mets' active roster, is batting .259 with one homer and 18 RBIs.