Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in the Mets' 8-5 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.
Matz was erratic at times, walking three batters and hitting another, but he limited the damage overall while he was in the game. The Rays were 0-for-12 with runners on base against Matz and 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
He allowed leadoff hits in each of the first two innings, but did not allow a run until the fifth inning when Matt Duffy scored on Wilson Ramos' ground ball to the left side.
The 27-year-old Matz tied his season-high with 110 pitches and has thrown at least 109 pitches in three consecutive outings.
Matz has now pitched into the seventh inning in four of his last seven starts after failing to do so in his first 10 starts. Opposing hitters are 0-for-26 against Matz with runners on base since June 26.
Matz now has a 3.31 ERA this season for the Mets.