Tyler Saladino hit a two-run homer off Hansel Robles in the top of the eighth to help the White Sox overcome a four-run deficit in a 6-4 win against the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Robles retired just two hitters in the eighth and was charged with three runs. He walked Melky Cabrera to start the inning and after striking out Avisail Garcia, served up Saladino's go-ahead homer. In his last two appearances, Robles has surrendered six runs - including four home runs - and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
- Steven Matz was extremely sharp early, extending his shutout streak to 19 straight innings before Todd Frazier belted a two-run homer in the sixth, his Major League-leading 16th of the season. Matz allowed the White Sox to claw closer in the inning when he surrendered a two-out single to Saladino, who stole second and third on consecutive pitches. Dioner Navarro cut the lead to 4-3 with an RBI single. Matz was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
- Neil Walker homered for the second straight day, blasting a two-run homer in the third to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. It was his 13th long ball of the season.
- Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson each hit sacrifice flies in the first two innings for the Mets, who entered the game with only four sac flies all season.
- Noah Syndergaard pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two in the seventh.
- James Loney made his Mets debut and went 0-for-4 with an error and also misplayed another ball. Eric Campbell was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Loney.
- Terry Collins on the bullpen: "We're certainly better than what we've done the last week. You can't walk guys, especially in close games, late in games. … Those hurt us."
- Collins on Matz's start: "When I went to take him out, I asked Kevin [Plawecki] what the difference was, and he just said he thought he started rushing a little bit, and he said all the balls were in the middle of the plate. We hadn't seen those kind of swings against him probably outside of the first outing of the season, so you could tell something was wrong. … When you get in trouble…you've got to give yourself a little bit of a break. You've just got to kind of slow yourself down a little bit and make each pitch mean something instead of just rear back and throwing. That's something he'll learn. He's been absolutely great…I just hope he keeps pitching well."
- Matz on his outing: "Just another start. You take stuff out of every start. This one, maybe I've just got to slow myself down sometimes. That's something that's worked against me before, rushing out there. … I made one bad pitch and I paid for it. That's baseball sometimes."
News and notes…
- The Mets finished May with a 14-15 record. They had been 28-0 when leading after seven innings. The win snapped the White Sox's seven-game losing streak.
- New York has homered in 11 straight games and 15 of its last 16.
- Matz had allowed just six runs in his last seven starts before Tuesday.
- Over the last seven games, the Mets' bullpen has posted a 8.57 ERA.
- Cespedes went 0-for-4 and has one hit in his last 23 at-bats. His first-inning sacrifice fly produced his first RBI in six games.
The Mets (29-22) will try and bounce back from arguably their worst loss of the season as they face the White Sox (28-25) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.81 ERA) will be looking for his first victory since April 30. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will take the ball for Chicago.