Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Matz was strong from the get-go, as he allowed just six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over seven strong innings. He's now thrown seven innings in three of his four starts this season.
2) Asdrubal Cabrera got things started for the Mets with a two-run homer in the first inning. Jose Reyes, who had been hitting .183 in June, collected his third three-hit game of the season and drove in a run with a single in the first. Curtis Granderson went deep for the second straight day with a two-run shot in the seventh.
3) Josh Edgin pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Chase Bradford followed suit in the ninth to close things out.
Post-game reaction from Matt Citak...
In a season marred by weak pitching and poor defense, the Mets looked strong on both fronts tonight. Matz had his best outing of the year, allowing six hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. The 26-year old lefty, making only his fourth start of the season, was able to strand runners on base in six consecutive innings, including getting Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich to each hit into rally-killing double plays. Matz was aided by some fantastic plays in the field by Reyes and Cabrera, but helped his own cause by not allowing an extra-base hit during his seven frames.
Steven has now gone seven innings in three of his four starts in 2017, and looks to be another reliable starter that Terry Collins can depend on to go out there and keep the Mets in ball games.
On the offensive side, Granderson continues to absolutely smash the ball. Tonight's home run was his fifth in the last seven games, and his 12th on the year. Curtis has been on fire during this road trip, going 12-for-31 with seven walks over the nine games away from Citi Field. The turnaround we have seen from him this season has been nothing short of amazing. Through the first 25 games of the year, Curtis was hitting .122 and looked completely lost at the plate. In the 153 at-bats since then (spanning 48 games), Granderson is hitting .301 with 11 HR, 26 RBI, 13 doubles and two triples. The veteran outfielder looks incredibly comfortable in the leadoff spot, and should remain there as long as he continues to rake the ball.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
Matz has now pitched at least six innings in each of his last nine starts, a streak dating back to last July.
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak in Miami and are now 5-7 against the Marlins this season. New York is now 18-19 on the road in 2017.
Curtis Granderson homered for the fourth time on the road trip and 12th time this season. He has 22 hits this month for a .319 batting average.
The Mets 72 home runs on the road this year (the best mark in baseball) and have hit at least one home run in 33 of 36 road games.
The Mets (35-42) close out their road trip and series with the Marlins on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.
Seth Lugo (2-1, 3.72 ERA) gets the ball for the Mets after allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Giants last week.
He'll be opposed by Jose Urena (6-2, 3.33 ERA), who beat the Mets on May 7 with six scoreless innings. Over eight appearances (four starts), Urena is 2-2 with a 3.30 ERA against the Mets.