For the primary time in his five-year profession, Steven Matz wanted no assist from the bullpen.
Matz pitched an environment friendly five-hitter for his first full sport in 90 main league begins, and the Mets obtained house runs from Michael Conforto and J. D. Davis in a Three-Zero victory on Saturday evening towards the sinking Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.
“It’s really cool. Honestly, this is what I try to do every game, so I finally did it,” Matz mentioned with a smile.
Matz (6-6) struck out seven and walked none, throwing simply 99 pitches in his first win since June eight towards Colorado. Making his third begin since a short stint within the bullpen, he handed the Pirates, who’re final within the National League Central, their seventh straight loss and 13th in 15 video games for the reason that All-Star break.
“To do it in 99 pitches is something else; that doesn’t happen too often,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway mentioned. “That was tremendous. That was unbelievable. We really needed him to do that.”
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was round for less than the primary three batters of a contest that took solely 2 hours 10 minutes. He was ejected by the plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Starling Marte was known as out on strikes to finish the highest of the primary inning.
It appeared Hurdle got here onto the sphere to escort Marte away and ensure he wouldn’t be tossed. But Hurdle mentioned one thing to Wendelstedt from a distance, after which was given the thumb.
“I just felt that two of our first three hitters in the game got clipped on called third strikes,” Hurdle mentioned. “I wanted to stop a trend. That was basically it.”
Pirates starter Trevor Williams (Three-Four) went seven innings and held the Mets hitless till Davis doubled off the right-center wall with two outs within the fifth.
Conforto despatched a changeup into the second deck in proper area for a solo shot within the sixth, his 19th homer of the season. Davis added his 10th house run, a two-run drive to middle within the seventh, after Pittsburgh shortstop Jung Ho Kang let Todd Frazier’s pop-up drop for a single with one out.
“Unfortunately for us, I was the one that blinked first,” Williams mentioned.
Matz went proper on the Pirates, throwing 67 strikes. He was aided by two well timed double performs, together with when the Mets went across the horn on a grounder by Melky Cabrera with runners on the corners to finish the sixth.
Three innings later, Matz pounded his hand into his glove after retiring the All-Star slugger Josh Bell on a routine grounder for the ultimate out.
“They were really aggressive, and my sinker and slider were a pretty good combo today to get some quick outs,” Matz mentioned. “The changeup got me back in some counts. So I just think, really mixed everything. The guys were making great plays behind me.”
The Mets (49-55) are nonetheless in fourth place within the N.L. East, however they’ve gained three in a row and are 9-5 for the reason that All-Star break.
“Let’s be as scrappy as we can and try to claw our way back into this thing,” Callaway mentioned.
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