Mets LHP Jason Vargas struck out seven batters in five scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the year in Monday's 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
Vargas (1-3) lowered his season ERA by nearly four runs. He entered the game 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA and a 2.68 WHIP, having allowed 19 runs, 26 hits and seven walks in 12 1/3 innings. He hadn't pitched since May 8, the Mets skipping his last turn in the rotation.
But Monday, he threw five complete innings for the first time this year, lowering his ERA down to 9.87.
"The biggest difference wasn't giving up multiple runs each inning," Vargas said, "just making quality pitches and getting some swings and misses ... It was a good night, definitely had a good rhythm going, had good control with the hitters."
The 35-year-old Vargas retired the first nine batters he faced and only faced trouble once, allowing a walk and a single with one out in the fifth inning, but he struck out Lewis Brinson and Elieser Hernandez to end the threat.
"If you stay out on the plate, guys are going to get super comfortable, sit on that change-up and go the other way," catcher Devin Mesoraco said, "so we had to mix it up on the pitching side."