The New York Mets (44-50) defeated the Oakland Athletics (43-53) 7-5 on Friday night at Citi Field to win their third straight game.
Steven Matz (2-3, 4.58 ERA) got the nod for the Mets and looked to rebound from his worst career start in his last outing against the Colorado Rockies. While it wasn’t one of his best starts, it was clearly an improvement. He went five innings and gave up nine hits, three runs, and no walks while striking out five. Matz was only at 83 pitches after five innings, but was lifted in the bottom of the inning for a pinch hitter.
Hansel Robles pitched the sixth inning. He kept the A’s scoreless while also striking out two batters.
Paul Sewald came on in the seventh with a two-run lead and maintained it with a scoreless frame.
Erik Goeddel started off the eighth inning, but was pulled after giving up a run on three hits. Addison Reed was called upon to replace Goeddel with one out in the eighth. Reed walked his first batter to load the bases and then gave up an inherited run on a RBI single.
Jerry Blevins was the third pitcher of the inning and was able to retire his two batters faced to escape the jam. He then stayed on for the ninth and earned his first save of the season after getting five outs.
The Mets faced Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA) who made his fourth career start. Blackburn retired the first eight Mets he faced before Matz got a hit in the third. Michael Conforto then smacked a two-run homer to right center field to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
After the A’s took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, the Mets regained the lead in the sixth. With the bases juiced and one out, T.J. Rivera hit a single up the middle which scored both Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes. Rivera came around to score on the play after Lucas Duda was tagged out at third and Matt Chapman‘s throw to second sailed into the outfield.
The Mets extended their lead to 7-3 in the seventh after Conforto hit his second two-run homer of the game.
Zack Wheeler (3-7, 4.98 ERA) toes the rubber in the second game of this interleague series tomorrow. He will be opposed by Sean Manaea (8-5, 3.68 ERA) of the A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.