Mets LHP Jason Vargas threw his second straight solid outing, taking a shutout into the sixth inning in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Vargas (3-8) won his first start since May 30, giving up two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets took three out of five games against their division rivals.
Though he took a no-decision when he threw his first quality start of the season on Tuesday, the 35-year-old Vargas was strong from the get-go, retiring the first seven batters he faced.
Vargas pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning by getting Rhys Hoskins to pop out to second and pitched around a one-out double in the fifth.
But he started to unravel in the sixth, giving up a two-run home run to Carlos Santana that ended his shutout bid and turn the Mets' 7-0 lead into a five-run advantage. After he allowed a double to the next batter, manager Mickey Callaway pulled him in favor of Seth Lugo.
Vargas' last win came on May 30, when he threw five scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. In eight starts since, he was 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA, giving up 24 runs, 36 hits and 12 walks in 28 innings.