Vargas sharp after being skipped, Mets beat Marlins 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets probably won't skip Jason Vargas' next start.

Vargas returned to the rotation with five excellent innings, AJ Ramos pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Monday night.

Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double and Wilmer Flores added a run-scoring single as the Mets got their fourth straight win, following up a three-game sweep of NL West-leading Arizona. New York is 6-2 in its past eight games, 5-1 on this homestand and 24-19 overall.

The 35-year-old Vargas (1-3) had his previous turn skipped after three sloppy outings to open the season, but he shut down Miami with changeups and guile for his first victory with the Mets. Ten of his outs came via the change, and he struck out seven without reaching 90 mph even once with his fastball. He allowed two hits and a walk before leaving after 86 pitches.

''I think the more weak contact you get or miss-hit balls or swings and misses that you get are going to give you more confidence,'' Vargas said.

New York used three pitchers in a scoreless - but eventful - sixth inning. Paul Sewald got two outs but put two on before left-hander Jerry Blevins entered to face lefty slugger Justin Bour. Blevins walked Bour on a full count and was replaced by Ramos, and the right-hander struck out pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich swinging to leave the bases loaded and preserve a 1-0 lead.

''He's making big pitches when he needs to,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

Ramos followed with a scoreless seventh, ending the inning by beginning a bold 1-6-3 double play on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck's hit-and-run comebacker. Ramos' throw to second narrowly nabbed Miguel Rojas.

''We've just got to do a better job of stepping on the gas,'' Bour said of Miami's missed chances.

Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch on Brian Anderson's two-out line drive to help Seth Lugo escape the eighth unscathed. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth to cap a five-hitter for his 13th save and New York's second shutout this season.

The game ended when shortstop Amed Rosario went deep in the hole to field Lewis Brinson's grounder and threw out the sliding speedster by a hair at first base. The Marlins challenged, but a replay review upheld the call.

Rosario got a big cheer for a single in the third inning a day after his first multihomer game as a pro. He scored from first on a double to right field by Cabrera that made it 1-0.

Miami starter Elieser Hernandez (0-1) pitched through a sore throat and held New York to a run and five hits over five innings. The Rule 5 draft pick from Houston was making his second major league start and dropped his ERA to 2.08 in four appearances.

''He attacks,'' manager Don Mattingly said of the 23-year-old. ''He's always coming after you. Doesn't matter really who you are, he's coming to get you.''

Tayron Guerrero pitched for Miami a day after allowing Dansby Swanson's game-ending, two-run single as the Marlins blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning of a 10-9 loss to Atlanta. Guerrero worked around a single and a walk in a scoreless eighth.

THAT'S BETTER

Vargas broke the hamate bone in his right hand during spring training and had struggled since, entering Monday with a 13.86 ERA in three starts. The left-hander signed a $16 million, two-year deal in February to provide rotation depth, but his miserable results led Callaway to skip Vargas' turn following a loss May 8 to Cincinnati.

Vargas threw roughly 80 pitches during a simulated game at Citi Field last Tuesday, fine-tuning his mechanics to better finish his pitches.

Callaway could see a difference ''from Pitch One,'' especially with Vargas' changeup.

''He did a really good job of keeping the ball down when he needed to,'' Callaway said. ''He pitched in really well for effect to set up those pitches.''

Vargas hit his only spot of trouble in the fifth, when he walked Cameron Maybin and allowed a single to Rojas with one out. Vargas struck out Brinson and Hernandez to strand the runners.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Activated RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from the 10-day DL and sent LHP Dillon Peters to Triple-A New Orleans.

Mets: Devin Mesoraco was checked briefly by Callaway and a trainer during the seventh inning for a bruise on his left elbow. The catcher was struck by a backswing earlier and had a welt on his arm, but remained in the game. X-rays were negative, and Mesoraco said he'd be fine other than some stiffness. ... 3B Todd Frazier took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the DL with a strained left hamstring. The next step for Frazier is to try running without pain. He hasn't played since May 7 and there is no timetable yet for his return.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (2-3, 5.92 ERA) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings against Miami in his first start this season but has largely struggled since. He'll oppose Caleb Smith (2-5, 4.22), who allowed four runs in three innings of a 7-0 loss to the Dodgers in his previous start.

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  • W: J. Vargas (1-3)L: E. Hernandez (0-1)S: J. Familia (13)
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  • a-struck out for Maybin in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Conley in the 7th
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A. Cabrera 2B40210000.325.371.552.9234.0
J. Bruce RF40100012.234.308.369.6760.5
M. Conforto CF40200002.235.350.374.7241.0
A. Gonzalez 1B30000110.248.323.404.7260.5
D. Mesoraco C41100012.212.307.439.7462.5
L. Guillorme 3B30000001.308.308.385.6920.0
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A. Rosario SS31100003.250.275.368.6422.0
  • a-singled for Vargas in the 5th
  • b-singled for Ramos in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (8)
  • 3B - S. Castro
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (14), D. Mesoraco (3)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (27), W. Flores (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Conforto (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Bour)
  • E - M. Prado (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ramos-Rosario-Gonzalez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 0-1)5.05110302.081.155.5
A. Conley1.01000100.001.002.5
N. Wittgren1.02100000.611.091.0
T. Guerrero1.01001004.641.501.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Hernandez (L, 0-1)5.0
A. Conley1.0
N. Wittgren1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 1-3)5.02001709.872.0822.5
P. Sewald (H, 2)0.21001003.911.03-2.0
J. Blevins0.00001005.401.56-1.0
A. Ramos (H, 7)1.10001204.501.333.0
S. Lugo (H, 3)1.01000001.910.992.0
J. Familia (S, 13)1.01000101.640.959.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 1-3)5.0
P. Sewald (H, 2)0.2
J. Blevins0.0
A. Ramos (H, 7)1.1
S. Lugo (H, 3)1.0
J. Familia (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 78-52, A. Conley 16-13, N. Wittgren 25-16, T. Guerrero 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 4-6, A. Conley 1-1, N. Wittgren 2-2, T. Guerrero 3-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 18, A. Conley 4, N. Wittgren 6, T. Guerrero 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 86-51, P. Sewald 18-10, J. Blevins 6-2, A. Ramos 19-13, S. Lugo 14-11, J. Familia 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-4, A. Ramos 1-0, S. Lugo 1-2, J. Familia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 18, P. Sewald 4, J. Blevins, A. Ramos 4, S. Lugo 4, J. Familia 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Castro 2B40200001.296.337.397.7336.0
B. Anderson RF30000112.272.354.376.7300.5
J. Bour 1B30000120.243.398.471.8680.0
C. Maybin LF10000100.227.316.319.6361.0
a- D. Dietrich PH-LF20100013.248.297.366.6631.5
M. Rojas SS30100121.265.326.428.7541.0
L. Brinson CF40000024.164.208.289.498-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Maybin in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Conley in the 7th
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B. Nimmo LF40000003.253.417.440.8570.0
A. Cabrera 2B40210000.325.371.552.9234.0
J. Bruce RF40100012.234.308.369.6760.5
M. Conforto CF40200002.235.350.374.7241.0
A. Gonzalez 1B30000110.248.323.404.7260.5
D. Mesoraco C41100012.212.307.439.7462.5
L. Guillorme 3B30000001.308.308.385.6920.0
J. Vargas P10000010.000.250.000.250-0.5
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P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Rosario SS31100003.250.275.368.6422.0
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  • a-singled for Vargas in the 5th
  • b-singled for Ramos in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (8)
  • 3B - S. Castro
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (14), D. Mesoraco (3)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (27), W. Flores (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Conforto (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Bour)
  • E - M. Prado (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ramos-Rosario-Gonzalez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 0-1)5.05110302.081.155.5
A. Conley1.01000100.001.002.5
N. Wittgren1.02100000.611.091.0
T. Guerrero1.01001004.641.501.0
Total8.0921140---
PITCHERSIP
E. Hernandez (L, 0-1)5.0
A. Conley1.0
N. Wittgren1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 1-3)5.02001709.872.0822.5
P. Sewald (H, 2)0.21001003.911.03-2.0
J. Blevins0.00001005.401.56-1.0
A. Ramos (H, 7)1.10001204.501.333.0
S. Lugo (H, 3)1.01000001.910.992.0
J. Familia (S, 13)1.01000101.640.959.5
Total9.05004100---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 1-3)5.0
P. Sewald (H, 2)0.2
J. Blevins0.0
A. Ramos (H, 7)1.1
S. Lugo (H, 3)1.0
J. Familia (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 78-52, A. Conley 16-13, N. Wittgren 25-16, T. Guerrero 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 4-6, A. Conley 1-1, N. Wittgren 2-2, T. Guerrero 3-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 18, A. Conley 4, N. Wittgren 6, T. Guerrero 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 86-51, P. Sewald 18-10, J. Blevins 6-2, A. Ramos 19-13, S. Lugo 14-11, J. Familia 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-4, A. Ramos 1-0, S. Lugo 1-2, J. Familia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 18, P. Sewald 4, J. Blevins, A. Ramos 4, S. Lugo 4, J. Familia 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Flores singled to shallow right, Mesoraco scored, Guillorme to second02
  • 3RD INNING
    Cabrera doubled to shallow right, Rosario scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Seth Lugo
    • J. Bour: Bour grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dietrich doubled to left
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto lined out to third
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro tripled to deep right center
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Wittgren
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to second
    • M. Conforto: Conforto singled to shallow center
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Conforto to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Ramos Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas walked
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Adam Conley
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Shuck grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Rojas out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Wittgren pitching
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Ball, Mesoraco doubled to right
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guillorme safe at first on 3rd baseman Prado fielding error, Mesoraco to third
    • Wilmer Flores hit for AJ Ramos
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Flores singled to shallow right, Mesoraco scored, Guillorme to second
    • A. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep center, Guillorme to third
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Paul Sewald pitching
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado popped out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto flied out to deep right
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro singled to center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson walked, Castro to second
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Paul Sewald
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro stole third, Ball, Bour walked, Anderson to second
    • AJ Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Cameron Maybin
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Conley relieved Elieser Hernandez
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Cabrera singled to right center
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Pickoff attempt, Conforto popped out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rojas singled to right, Maybin to second
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guillorme flied out to center
    • Phillip Evans hit for Jason Vargas
    • P. Evans: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Evans singled to shallow left
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Evans out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Prado singled to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto fouled out to first
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Castro fouled out to first
    • B. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto singled to center
    • A. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Mesoraco flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Brinson flied out to right
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to left center
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Nimmo popped out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera doubled to shallow right, Rosario scored
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bruce grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Guillorme flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Prado flied out to center
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to second
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo lined out to center
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Bruce singled to shallow center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Conforto grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)