Mets LHP Steven Matz lost his first game since April 11, laboring through five innings in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates during the first game of a doubleheader at PNC Park on Tuesday.
Matz allowed two runs, eight hits and two walks in five innings, his shortest outing since he was pulled in the second inning of his season debut. He threw 58 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
"I had nothing out there today," Matz said after the game.
Following a dominant seven-game stretch, during which he went 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA and allowed just seven walks through 48 innings, Matz is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA his last two starts.
Matz threw 27 pitches and gave up three hits Tuesday, including an RBI single to David Freese in the first inning, and allowed multiple players to reach base in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
"I was really scuffling from the first inning on. It's just one of those days," Matz said. "Tried to battle the best I could. But, to only go through five innings in a doubleheader like this, I was pretty disappointed in myself."