Mets’ Ace Harvey has Torn Elbow Ligament

New York — Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, an injury the New York Mets’ young ace hopes will not require surgery.

Harvey and General manager Sandy Alderson both say they we’re shocked when they were given the results of the MRI performed Monday.

The right-hander said he was dealing with forearm discomfort for some time this season and that it got worse after his start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

The NL All-Star game starter has some swelling in the arm and a more complete prognosis will not be made for a week or two. For now, the Cy Young Award candidate will rest.

Harvey says he will do everything he can to avoid Tommy John surgery that would likely force him to miss an entire season.

Phillies 2, Mets 1

New York — Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee outpitched Zack Wheeler, as Cody Asche had a two-run triple, and the Phillies beat New York.

Lee (11-3) gave a bullpen taxed by an 18-inning loss Saturday a much-needed rest. He allowed a run and five hits in eight innings to win for the first time in seven starts since July 5. He also made several nice plays in the field.

Asche hit his first major league triple — with two outs in the fourth — as the Phillies improved to 7-4 under new manager Ryne Sandberg and won for the second time in 15 road games.

The Phillies avoided falling again behind the Mets, who lost their fifth straight and dropped into fourth place in the NL East.

Jonathan Papelbon was perfect in the ninth for his 22nd save in 28 opportunities.

Cardinals 8, Reds 6

St. Louis — Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two out in the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally for an 8-6 win over Cincinnati Reds.

Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29.

The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3½ games in the top-heavy division.

Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) pitched two innings for his first major league win and Edward Mujica worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who blew leads of 4-0 and 5-3. Jay Bruce hit his 25th homer in the eighth.