On a night when the Mets added a much-needed warm-up and came face to face with an old friend for the first time, rookie Tylor Megill was the pitcher who stole the show again.
Hours after the Mets traded in veteran Rich Hill to bolster their rotation, Megill continued her surprise rookie sublimation Friday night by edging past former Met player Steven Matz in a 3-0 win at Citi. Field to open the scoring in 11 home games.
Club Pete Alonso made two home runs – and was shown carrying a stuffed horse in the dig after his second blast in the eighth inning – to count for all three assist runs. support Megill, the Mets’ eighth-round draft pick in 2018 out of Arizona, and three painkillers.
Megill threw six goalless innings for the second straight game, lowering his ERA in six major league openings to 2.10.
Edwin Diaz scored the first save in his last four chances with his ninth goalless goal, completing the Mets’ first consecutive defeat of the season. Marcus Stroman and Jeurys Familia combined for a 7-0 win Wednesday in Cincinnati.
The 25-year-old Megill (1-0) secured his first major league win and scored his first career goal – a single goal against Matz in the fifth half.
Last weekend in Pittsburgh, Seth Lugo and Diaz coughed up nine runs in the final two innings of a 9-7 Mets loss to take the six-round lead from which Megill left that game.
The 6-foot-7 player, who opened the season at Double-A Binghamton, allowed two singles with five strikes and one walk on just 78 courts on Friday before Lugo replaced him for the lead. 2-0 to start the seventh inning.
Alonso took a quick 2-0 lead with a double shot (his 20th of the season) into Matz’s left seat in the first half. He rocked his second game of the night, a 450-foot kick into the second deck in the center left against forward-landing Ryan Borucki in the eighth to take a 3-0 lead.
Alonso’s original Mets on the Matz crime came minutes after the Long Island hybrid leftist tipped his hat to a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd. That followed a video honoring the Mets showing up on the scoreboard after Megill had helped the team to the top spot in the first half.
Matz, who is 8-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, was moved to Toronto for the season after six seasons with the Mets. Driver Alonso marked the only two runs Matz allowed before departure with more cheers after scoring two starts and leading Michael Conforto in the sixth game.
Conforto helped Megill score her final zero with a straight, belly-catching ball into Bo Bichette’s soft pads in the second half of six.
“This boy is getting better every day, he’s learning… and I’m happy to watch him,” coach Luis Rojas said after Megill’s earlier start. “This guy, being young and inexperienced at the major league level, he has done a lot of good things.
“We got ourselves a pitcher here when we needed it. … I think this is a guy who can make a difference. “
Lugo, who had been tagged for five runs earned in the eighth inning of Megill’s previous outing, had a goalless Saturday Saturday night. The right set-up man was aided by a header from second defender Luis Guillorme, who assisted a ball started by Alonso and tackled Cavan Biggio for the first time in his third opener .
After Trevor May made it past the eighth game unscathed, Diaz worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save of the season, but the first of four chances since July 10 against Pirates again.
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