New York Mets RHP Gabriel Ynoa struck out eight batters and gave up one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings in a spot start in place of the injured Jacob deGrom in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field.
Ynoa, who entered Sunday's game with a 15.19 ERA in six relief outings, left the game with two outs in the fifth inning having thrown 76 pitches after surrendering a two-out single to Brian Dozier.
"He made good pitches, worked the corners of the plate, got ahead of guys," manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "(We) talked before the game, we said we'd give him two times through the lineup in his first start and see how he does."
Ynoa, 23, told reporters he found out he would start on Saturday after the Mets revealed deGrom would likely miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
"I prepared myself mentallty on the fly," Ynoa said, according to the Associated Press.
He went 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He pitched eight shutout innings in each of his last minor league starts on Aug. 22 and Aug. 27.
On Sunday, Ynoa pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the second inning and retired nine out of 10 batters between the second and fifth innings.
"He got us into the fifth inning," Collins said. "That was tremendous."