Diamond returns from surgery as Twins lose 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: April 13, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Diamond matched Matt Harvey for four innings. Not good enough.

"I was hoping for better," Diamond said after his first start since elbow surgery in December, a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday.

Diamond (0-1) allowed only two hits through the first four innings. Then Marlon Byrd homered leading off the fifth, the first of seven straight hits against the Twins in a four-run inning.

"Getting out of the third inning I was pretty pumped by that and thought it was a big step," said Diamond, who retired three in a row after Jacob Turner's leadoff double.

Diamond gave up all four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

"Diamond was all all right for his first time back here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He felt fine but got some pitches up in the fifth inning. A nice performance. He was kind of cruising right along and was doing everything OK. We'll take that for his first performance of the year."

Byrd's homer was a 414-foot drive into the second deck. Collin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy hit run-scoring singles that chased Diamond, and David Wright had an RBI infield hit off Josh Roenicke.

Harvey (3-0) didn't allow a hit until Justin Morneau homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh inning at a chilly Target Field.

New York provided the offensive support when it strung together seven straight hits for the first time since Aug. 1, 2001, at Houston.

Harvey pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 0.82.

"That's a horse. That guy can really wing it," Gardenhire said.