Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-Backs on Saturday night.
Matz allowed hits in each of the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. The only run allowed by Matz came in the sixth inning when Nick Ahmed hit a leadoff triple and came around to score when the next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, grounded out to short.
Matz drew two quick groundouts in the seventh inning, but was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso.
Matz struck out three batters, walked one, and threw 103 pitches before Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to finish off the win for New York.
The 27-year-old Matz said he didn't have his best stuff early on, but made adjustments in the third inning.
"Honestly, coming into this game the first two innings I had no fastball command," Matz said after the game. "That is something in the past that could snowball on me quick, and it was just realizing that inning is over and I have another inning ahead of me and focus on the task at hand. After the second inning it all clicked for me and I felt real good out there."
Matz (3.31 ERA/5.04 FIP, 1.240 WHIP in 65.1 innings over 13 starts) has had four quality starts in his last five outings.