Matz, 3 relievers help Mets beat Miami with 4-hitter, 5-2

MIAMI (AP) Standing in foul territory, Steven Matz stared at the ball he had just mishandled and started to give it an angry kick, then changed his mind and instead just picked it up.

Matz and the New York Mets keep their cool Sunday, barely, overcoming three errors and escaping the NL East cellar after a one-day stay by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2.

The Mets, who endured their worst June ever, won for only the second time in the past 12 games to reach the season's halfway point at 33-48.

''We're all disappointed with where we're at,'' Matz said. ''We had higher expectations. We're just going to keep pushing.''

Matz (4-5) did that in the series finale, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only an unearned run. It scored on his error, and he worked around misplays by two teammates - an encouraging sign from a pitcher still learning not to let setbacks snowball.

''You still see him get a little flustered out there,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''But he regroups and makes the next pitch. Today he won the game for us because he did that, because they easily could have tacked on some runs there early. He held them right where he needed to hold them.''

New York's bullpen leads the majors in losses but limited Miami to one hit in the final 3 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia completed the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 14th homer off Dan Straily (3-4). Todd Frazier had two hits and scored three times, and Kevin Plawecki doubled home New York's first run.

Straily allowed three runs in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the year. Cameron Maybin hit his first homer for the Marlins, but they slipped back into last place in the division.

''We just didn't do a whole lot with Matz,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''That's probably the best I've seen him.''

Matz loaded the bases with two out in the second by walking Straily, an .056 career hitter, but then struck out Starlin Castro to escape.

Matz also reached behind his legs to snare Lewis Brinson's grounder and retire him in the fourth. But the left-hander failed to come up with Straily's safety squeeze bunt with two out in the inning, allowing Miguel Rojas to score from third.

''If I had taken my time I would have had him, but I rushed it,'' Matz said.

MISCUES

Callaway talked before the game about how the Mets needed to play better defense, but they didn't. Second baseman Cabrera and third baseman Frazier misplayed grounders for errors.

Miami misplays in the eighth led to the Mets' final two runs. Center fielder Brinson failed to catch Frazier's drive after a long sprint, and the play was ruled an RBI double.

''He probably should have caught that,'' Mattingly said. ''I know they gave him a hit there, but if you ask him he gets to that ball and catches that pretty much all the time.''

Frazier then came home on a wild pickoff throw by catcher J.T. Realmuto.

UNEXPECTED CONTRIBUTION

Matz was 2 for 26 this year before he hit a two-out single in the fourth for his first RBI of the season.

''I was in a slump,'' he said, ''but I'm out of it now.''

NIMMO SLUMP

The Mets' Brandon Nimmo, hit by a pitch on his right hand a week ago, went 0 for 5 and is in a 1-for-19 slump.

''I'm super late. My bat speed is not there,'' he said. ''But my hand feels fine.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: INF Dominic Smith, who had a cortisone shot for his sore right wrist, pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out. ... OF Jay Bruce (hip) is expected to begin taking batting practice in the next few days.

UP NEXT

Mets: After an off day, RHP Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.47) is scheduled to start Tuesday at Toronto.

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-5, 6.14) is scheduled to start Monday against Tampa Bay to begin a three-game series.

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NYM33-48
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MIA34-51
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  • W: S. Matz (4-5)L: D. Straily (3-4)S: J. Familia (15)
  • HR: NYM - A. Cabrera (14), MIA - C. Maybin (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bautista RF50000030.218.373.437.810-1.5
A. Cabrera 2B32111110.280.323.479.8027.5
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W. Flores 1B40100002.259.321.440.7611.0
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J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B33210100.226.311.394.7058.0
K. Plawecki C30110102.232.364.390.7544.0
A. Rosario SS10000200.245.289.361.6512.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- D. Smith PH-1B10000001.217.250.391.6410.0
S. Matz P20110002.111.143.148.2912.0
J. Reyes SS20000010.179.256.245.502-0.5
  • a-flied out for Lugo in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Castro 2B30000124.280.328.389.7170.0
B. Anderson RF40000002.288.363.411.7740.0
J. Realmuto C40200020.309.366.542.9081.0
C. Maybin LF41111002.230.301.316.6176.0
J. Bour 1B40000021.234.361.416.777-1.0
L. Brinson CF30000110.186.231.343.5740.5
M. Rojas SS-3B41100011.245.303.350.6536.5
Y. Rivera 3B20000023.188.320.212.532-1.0
a- J. Riddle PH-SS20000000.255.282.425.7060.0
D. Straily P10000100.118.250.176.4261.0
b- J. Shuck PH10000000.194.254.234.4880.0
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Dietrich PH10000010.291.349.470.820-0.5
  • a-lined out for Rivera in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Straily in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rucinski in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (8), K. Plawecki (8)
  • HR - A. Cabrera (14)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (45), T. Frazier (31), K. Plawecki (9), S. Matz
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (17), T. Frazier (7), K. Plawecki, S. Matz
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (8)
  • HR - C. Maybin
  • RBI - C. Maybin (16)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Rojas 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Cabrera-Flores)
  • E - A. Cabrera (5), T. Frazier (7), S. Matz (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rivera-Bour)
  • E - J. Realmuto (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 4-5)5.13102603.461.2220.0
S. Lugo (H, 5)1.20001102.691.062.5
T. Peterson1.01110212.190.732.0
J. Familia (S, 15)1.00000203.381.3811.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 4-5)5.1
S. Lugo (H, 5)1.2
T. Peterson1.0
J. Familia (S, 15)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Straily (L, 3-4)7.05334714.701.3810.5
T. Guerrero1.01212104.621.59-0.5
D. Rucinski1.00000203.951.024.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Straily (L, 3-4)7.0
T. Guerrero1.0
D. Rucinski1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 109-69, S. Lugo 27-15, T. Peterson 24-18, J. Familia 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-5, S. Lugo 1-3, T. Peterson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 23, S. Lugo 6, T. Peterson 4, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Straily 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 106-66, T. Guerrero 25-13, D. Rucinski 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 5-8, D. Rucinski 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Straily 29, T. Guerrero 6, D. Rucinski 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Nimmo CF50000022.264.381.528.909-1.0
J. Bautista RF50000030.218.373.437.810-1.5
A. Cabrera 2B32111110.280.323.479.8027.5
M. Conforto LF30000131.223.347.381.727-0.5
W. Flores 1B40100002.259.321.440.7611.0
T. Peterson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B33210100.226.311.394.7058.0
K. Plawecki C30110102.232.364.390.7544.0
A. Rosario SS10000200.245.289.361.6512.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- D. Smith PH-1B10000001.217.250.391.6410.0
S. Matz P20110002.111.143.148.2912.0
J. Reyes SS20000010.179.256.245.502-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Lugo in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Castro 2B30000124.280.328.389.7170.0
B. Anderson RF40000002.288.363.411.7740.0
J. Realmuto C40200020.309.366.542.9081.0
C. Maybin LF41111002.230.301.316.6176.0
J. Bour 1B40000021.234.361.416.777-1.0
L. Brinson CF30000110.186.231.343.5740.5
M. Rojas SS-3B41100011.245.303.350.6536.5
Y. Rivera 3B20000023.188.320.212.532-1.0
a- J. Riddle PH-SS20000000.255.282.425.7060.0
D. Straily P10000100.118.250.176.4261.0
b- J. Shuck PH10000000.194.254.234.4880.0
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Dietrich PH10000010.291.349.470.820-0.5
Total33241131113-----
  • a-lined out for Rivera in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Straily in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rucinski in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (8), K. Plawecki (8)
  • HR - A. Cabrera (14)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (45), T. Frazier (31), K. Plawecki (9), S. Matz
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (17), T. Frazier (7), K. Plawecki, S. Matz
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (8)
  • HR - C. Maybin
  • RBI - C. Maybin (16)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Rojas 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Cabrera-Flores)
  • E - A. Cabrera (5), T. Frazier (7), S. Matz (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rivera-Bour)
  • E - J. Realmuto (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 4-5)5.13102603.461.2220.0
S. Lugo (H, 5)1.20001102.691.062.5
T. Peterson1.01110212.190.732.0
J. Familia (S, 15)1.00000203.381.3811.0
Total10.05323132---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 4-5)5.1
S. Lugo (H, 5)1.2
T. Peterson1.0
J. Familia (S, 15)1.0
Total10.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Straily (L, 3-4)7.05334714.701.3810.5
T. Guerrero1.01212104.621.59-0.5
D. Rucinski1.00000203.951.024.0
Total9.06546101---
PITCHERSIP
D. Straily (L, 3-4)7.0
T. Guerrero1.0
D. Rucinski1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 109-69, S. Lugo 27-15, T. Peterson 24-18, J. Familia 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-5, S. Lugo 1-3, T. Peterson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 23, S. Lugo 6, T. Peterson 4, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Straily 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 106-66, T. Guerrero 25-13, D. Rucinski 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 5-8, D. Rucinski 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Straily 29, T. Guerrero 6, D. Rucinski 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Maybin homered to center52
    Plawecki walked, Frazier scored on catcher Realmuto fielding error51
    Frazier doubled to deep right center, Cabrera scored, Frazier to third41
  • 4TH INNING
    Straily safe at first on Matz fielding error, Rojas scored31
    Matz singled to right center, Frazier scored, Rosario to third30
  • 3RD INNING
    Cabrera homered to right20
  • 2ND INNING
    Plawecki doubled to left center, Frazier scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Timothy Peterson
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle flied out to left
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Drew Rucinski
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Conforto struck out on foul tip
    • W. Flores: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Flores flied out to center
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier doubled to deep right center, Cabrera scored, Frazier to third
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked, Frazier scored on catcher Realmuto fielding error
    • Dominic Smith hit for Seth Lugo
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Timothy Peterson pitching
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Maybin homered to center
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • JT Riddle hit for Yadiel Rivera
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle lined out to left
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Dan Straily
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shuck flied out to left
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to deep right
    • K. Plawecki: Foul, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • Jose Reyes at shortstop
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rojas grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Bautista popped out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked
    • W. Flores: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Flores grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Conforto out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded out to catcher
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maybin flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Flores singled to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Frazier singled to left, Flores to second
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki grounded into double play third to first, Flores out at third, Frazier to second
    • A. Rosario: Rosario intentionally walked
    • S. Matz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Matz singled to right center, Frazier scored, Rosario to third
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Ball, Brinson grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas doubled to left center
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Ball, Rojas stole third, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • D. Straily: Ball, Foul, Straily safe at first on Matz fielding error, Rojas scored
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista flied out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera homered to right
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto singled to center
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Maybin flied out to deep right
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike swinging, Bour popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Flores lined out to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Plawecki doubled to left center, Frazier scored
    • A. Rosario: Rosario intentionally walked
    • S. Matz: Foul, Matz lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bour popped out to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Rojas safe at first on 3rd baseman Frazier fielding error, Brinson to third
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • D. Straily: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Straily walked
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Castro safe at first on 2nd baseman Cabrera fielding error
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Anderson grounded into double play third to second to first, Castro out at second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto singled to left
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin popped out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)