NEW YORK (AP) — Tylor Megill tossed six scoreless innings for his first huge league win and bought his first profession hit, Pete Alonso homered twice and the New York Mets defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Friday evening.
Megill (1-0) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 5 because the rookie right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.10 just a few hours after the Mets bolstered their injury-plagued rotation by buying Wealthy Hill from Tampa Bay. New York has eight starters on the injured record, together with ace Jacob deGrom.
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The Mets are 5-1 in Megill’s six begins. The one loss was final Saturday, when Megill tossed six scoreless innings earlier than the bullpen gave up 9 runs over the ultimate two innings of a 9-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“It began with him becoming a member of us with the necessity that we had after which he went from one good begin to one other good begin,” Mets supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned. “This man’s right here and he’s right here to remain and has put us in place to win a number of video games already.”
Megill’s ERA via his first six huge league begins is the fourth-lowest in group historical past, behind solely Terry Leach (1.73), Nolan Ryan (1.98) and Dillon Gee (2.09).
“Simply exhibits to myself that my stuff performs at this stage,” mentioned Megill, who hadn’t pitched above Single-A earlier than this season. “I simply go on the market each time and fill (the strike zone) up, allow them to hit, let my protection work.”
Megill mentioned he hadn’t but collected any mementoes from the win however had already secured the ball from his hit, an opposite-field single within the fifth off Matz. The gang of 28,126 gave him a heat ovation as he stood at first base.
“For a second, I didn’t understand it was occurring, simply because I blacked out from getting a success,” Megill mentioned. “It was fairly cool. One thing I’ll keep in mind perpetually.”
Alonso continued his post-House Run Derby surge, hitting a two-run shot off former teammate Steven Matz (8-5) within the first inning earlier than including a solo blast off Ryan Borucki within the eighth.
After every blast, Alonso carried a stuffed horse via the Mets’ dugout.
“The horse was within the dugout and I hit two homers,” Alonso mentioned. “I believe it’s working to date.”
Alonso has 4 homers within the final 4 video games and 10 homers in his final 22 video games.
“I really feel like each single yr, I need to have the ability to peak on the finish of the season and actually carry out when it issues,” Alonso mentioned. “I really feel actually good on the plate proper now.”
The Blue Jays bought only one runner past first base towards Megill and a trio of relievers. Bo Bichette drew a one-out stroll within the first and stole second as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. struck out however was stranded when George Springer — who was pursued by the Mets within the offseason earlier than signing a six-year deal price $150 million with Toronto — popped out to shortstop.
Seth Lugo tossed a one-hit seventh, Trevor Might threw an ideal eighth and Edwin Diaz snapped a streak of three straight blown saves by placing out one in an ideal ninth for his twentieth save.
The shutout loss was simply the second of the season for the Blue Jays, who fell to the Kansas Metropolis Royals 2-0 on Apr. 18.
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“I don’t care what sort of offense you’ve bought, pitching is the secret,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned. “We at all times discuss that and their man was actually good right now, for positive.”
Matz, a Lengthy Island native who was drafted within the second spherical by the Mets in 2009 and spent six years with the massive league group, allowed 4 hits and three walks with 5 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
HILL’S DEBUT TBA
Rojas mentioned earlier than the sport he didn’t know when Wealthy Hill would slot into the rotation. The Mets would not have starters listed but for Sunday’s sequence finale towards the Blue Jays or Monday’s doubleheader towards Atlanta.
The Mets aired highlights of Matz’s six seasons with the group as he warmed up for the underside of the primary. The video included pictures of the pitcher assembly with first responders, and a clip of his grandfather cheering him on throughout Matz’s huge league debut June 28, 2015, when he went 3 for 3 with 4 RBIs and earned the win by tossing 7 2/3 robust innings.
The montage ended with the phrases “Welcome Again Steven” on the display screen. Matz obtained a heat ovation as he doffed his cap earlier than just a few notes of his conventional warmup music, “Name Me The Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, performed over the loudspeaker.
“Undoubtedly had some feelings, had a number of household there,” Matz mentioned. “However after the primary inning (he was) in a position to quiet down and go to work.”
Blue Jays: C Danny Jansen (proper hamstring) was positioned on the 10-day injured record. Jansen, who missed 23 video games earlier this season with the identical damage, was harm Wednesday. Montoyo mentioned Jansen “pulled it fairly good” and there was no timetable for his return. … OF Corey Dickerson (left foot) is transferring nearer to a rehab project. Dickerson has but to play for the Blue Jays, who acquired him from Miami on June 29.
Mets: DeGrom (proper forearm) threw for a 3rd straight day. … IF Jose Peraza (damaged proper center finger) wore a protecting splint to discipline grounders throughout batting apply, however nonetheless can’t throw. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (proper hamstring) threw a facet Thursday and is a candidate to make his Mets debut both Sunday or Monday. He may make a 3rd rehab begin on a kind of days. … 2B Jeff McNeil (left leg) didn’t play. Rojas mentioned it was unlikely McNeil would begin Saturday. … RHP Robert Inventory (proper hamstring) was shifted to the 60-day injured record to make room for Hill.
Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (9-5, 3.32 ERA) is 5-1 with a 1.23 ERA towards the Mets — his lowest ERA towards any opponent he’s confronted not less than 5 occasions.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.99 ERA) faces his former group, for whom he went 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in six begins final season.
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