Jason Vargas tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Mets to a 4-1 victory and series win over the Braves on Thursday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Vargas (7-9) surrendered three hits and struck out six while completing seven innings for the first time since June 30, 2017. The southpaw entered his start on Aug. 14 with an 8.75 ERA but sliced that to a season-low 5.77 by surrendering two or fewer runs in six of his final seven outings. He went 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 10 walks over 44 2/3 innings in that span.
2) Kevin Plawecki hit a solo home run and Devin Mesoraco slugged a pinch-hit three-run blast in the seventh to account for the Mets' runs. Brandon Nimmo doubled and walked for the ninth time in his last three games and for the 28th time this month.
3) Anthony Swarzak did not retire either batter he faced in the eighth and was charged with a run. Robert Gsellman worked around a single and a hit-by-pitch in the ninth to record his 13th save.
News and notes...
The Mets improved to 16-9 in September and 31-21 (.596) in their last 52 games. They finished 6-13 against the Braves, including 3-7 at Citi Field.
New York is 22-18 (.550) at home after losing 15 of 17 from May 22-June 27.
Vargas' 5.77 ERA is the highest in club history by a pitcher with 20 or more starts. Pedro Martinez posted a 5.61 ERA across 20 starts in 2008.
Mets starters pitched 21 scoreless innings in the series. They have gone 10-4 with a Major League-best 2.60 ERA in September.
The Mets (75-84) welcome the Marlins (62-96) to Citi Field for the final three games of the 2018 season beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Corey Oswalt (3-3, 6.08 ERA/5.84 FIP, 41 K's, 1.352 WHIP) makes the final start of his rookie campaign in the series opener. The right-hander took the loss against the Nationals last Saturday after he allowed two runs over five innings. Oswalt is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two career matchups with the Marlins.
Jose Urena (8-12, 4.07 ERA/4.16 FIP, 128 K's, 1.173 WHIP) closes out his 2018 having allowed one run or fewer in five of his last six starts while winning five consecutive decisions. The 27-year-old blanked the Reds over 5 2/3 innings last Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.85 in that span, including a 5-3 victory over the Mets on Sept. 11. Urena has a 4.32 ERA in three meetings with New York this season and a 3.56 in 13 career outings, including nine starts.