On an evening when the Mets added a wanted starter and confronted an previous buddy for the primary time, rookie Tylor Megill was the pitcher who stole the show as soon as once more.
Hours after the Mets traded for veteran lefty Rich Hill to fortify their rotation, Megill continued his sudden rookie ascension Friday evening by outdueling former Met Steven Matz in a 3-0 win at Citi Field to open an 11-game dwelling stand.
Pete Alonso clubbed two dwelling runs — and was proven carrying round a stuffed horse within the dugout after his second blast within the eighth inning — to account for all three runs in help of Megill, the Mets’ eighth-round draft decide in 2018 out of Arizona, and three relievers.
Megill tossed six scoreless innings for the second straight begin, decreasing his ERA over six huge league outings to 2.10.
Edwin Diaz recorded his first save over his final 4 alternatives with a scoreless ninth, finishing the first-place Mets’ first set of consecutive shutouts this season. Marcus Stroman and Jeurys Familia mixed for a 7-0 one-hitter Wednesday in Cincinnati.
The 25-year-old Megill (1-0) earned his first main league win and recorded his first profession hit — a single to proper towards Matz within the fifth inning.
Last weekend in Pittsburgh, Seth Lugo and Diaz had coughed up 9 runs within the ultimate two innings of a 9-7 Mets loss to flush the six-run lead with which Megill left that sport.
The 6-foot-7 righty, who opened the season at Double-A Binghamton, allowed two singles with 5 strikeouts and one stroll on simply 78 pitches Friday earlier than Lugo changed him with a 2-0 result in begin the seventh inning.
Alonso supplied the fast 2-0 lead with a two-run blast (his twentieth of the season) into the left-field seats off Matz within the first inning. He rocked his second homer of the evening, a 450-foot clout into the second deck in left-center towards lefty reliever Ryan Borucki within the eighth for a 3-0 lead.
Alonso’s preliminary Mets on Matz crime got here a couple of minutes after the Long Island-bred lefty had tipped his cap to a partial standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd. That adopted a video tribute the Mets confirmed on the scoreboard after Megill had retired the facet within the high of the primary inning.
Matz, who’s 8-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 17 begins this season, was traded to Toronto within the offseason after six seasons with the Mets. The Alonso homer marked the one two runs Matz allowed earlier than departing to extra cheers after recording two outs and issuing a stroll to Michael Conforto within the dwelling sixth.
Conforto had helped Megill submit his ultimate zero with a charging, belly-flop catch on Bo Bichette’s delicate liner to proper for the second out of the sixth.
“This kid is getting better each day, he’s learning … and I’m excited to watch him,” supervisor Luis Rojas stated after Megill’s earlier begin. “This man, as younger as he’s and as little expertise he has on the huge league stage, he does a number of good issues.
“We’ve got ourselves a pitcher here when we’re in need. … I think this is a guy that can make a difference.”
Lugo, who was tagged for 5 earned runs within the eighth inning of Megill’s earlier outing, labored a scoreless seventh Friday evening. The righty setup man was aided by a heads-up play by second baseman Luis Guillorme, who backed up a ball booted by Alonso and nabbed Cavan Biggio at first for the third out.
After Trevor May acquired by means of the eighth unscathed, Diaz labored an ideal ninth for his twentieth save of the season, however first in 4 probabilities since July 10 towards the Pirates.