Snell helps Rays blank Mets 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay's Blake Snell and Wilson Ramos are hoping they both get selected to the American League All-Star team. Saturday afternoon's performance at Citi Field may have strengthened the batterymates' chances.

Snell blanked the Mets over a career-high-tying 7 1/3 innings, Ramos drove in a pair of runs and the Rays downed New York 3-0 on Saturday.

''I'd be pumped,'' Snell said about the possibility of playing in the Midsummer Classic. ''I'd be stoked.''

A late afternoon start under clear blue skies featured two young left-handers at the top of their game in recent weeks, both successfully dodging a slew of baserunners early.

Ranked among the league leaders in several categories, the 25-year-old Snell was as advertised- keeping the Mets off the board despite allowing the leadoff runner to reach in six out of eight frames including each of the first four.

Snell (12-4) struck out nine, scattering six hits and three walks while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.09.

''Blake has been tremendous for us. He's been the workhorse.'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We're talking about a potential All-Star candidate.''

The lanky lefty has yielded two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and is 4-0 with an 0.63 ERA over his last four outings, two against the Astros.

''He deserves to be in the All-Star Game because he's had an awesome year,'' Ramos said of the Rays starter. ''There's nothing better than being with your teammates in the All-Star Game.''

The feeling is mutual.

''He needs to go,'' Snell said, rallying for his backstop. ''It would be even cooler if I did go and pitch to him. I think that would be special for the both of us.''

After being held scoreless in 34 of their previous 36 innings, Tampa Bay finally broke through in the fifth. Matt Duffy lined a leadoff double down the right-field line, the fourth two-bagger surrendered by Mets starter Steven Matz to that point, advancing to third on a groundout.

Ramos followed with a sharp grounder to shortstop. A charging Amed Rosario booted the ball before recovering and throwing to first for the out. With Duffy running on contact, Rosario likely would have cut down the run at home had he fielded the ball cleanly. Instead, the Rays took a 1-0 lead.

''He just came in on it hard,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He looked up just to see where the runner was and it hit off his heel.''

Matz (4-6) continued his recent surge, charged with one run on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings- striking out five. The Long Island native has allowed four earned runs across his last three starts, a span of 18 2/3 innings.

He escaped trouble early by getting Adeiny Hechavarria to fly out, ending a bases-loaded threat in the first. The Rays left seven men on in the first four innings and were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position during that stretch.

''I get in situations throughout the game where I can crumble,'' Matz said. ''But I think just realizing what I've got to do out there, and just the task at hand, has really helped.''

Tampa Bay was 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, stranding a total of 18.

The Rays added some insurance in the eighth on a bloop single by former Met Carlos Gomez, scoring Daniel Robertson. Ramos singled home a run in the ninth.

Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances.

Neither Snell nor Matz had faced the opposing team before.

Jose Bautista was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts after hitting a game-ending grand slam in the series opener Friday night.

LOOSE LUMBER

Both starting third basemen lost the grip on their bats an inning apart. Todd Frazier swung at a fastball in the bottom of the fourth, fouling it off and also sending his bat deep into foul territory down the third base line. Duffy had a similar experience in the fifth, letting go of his lumber and causing it to fly towards the Rays' on-deck circle.

CLOSE CALL

The Rays had a brief scare in the second when Snell's pitching hand was grazed by a 92-mph sinker. The southpaw took his base and did not appear to be in pain.

''I'm happy that it didn't really hit me hard,'' Snell said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Rookie infielder Willy Adames was scratched from the starting lineup. ''He's just under the weather,'' Cash said. ''He was battling a bug last night and I think he woke up this morning a little bit worse.'' ... RHP Jake Faria (strained left oblique) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with high-A Charlotte Saturday night. ... INF Christian Arroyo (strained left oblique) could play for Charlotte on Monday but the club is not fully committed to that plan, according to Cash.

Mets: LF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip) is continuing baseball activities including running straight sprints, although he has yet to begin turning the bases to simulate a double. ''Trying to figure out that schedule as we go along,'' said Callaway about when his club's top slugger might play in a rehab game. ''All that's going to be based on how he bounces back day-to-day.''

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-3, 3.92 ERA) pitches in the rubber game on Sunday. He has allowed just two runs over his last two starts, a span of twelve innings in which he fanned 14 batters.

Mets: RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 10.80 ERA in 3 relief appearances) will make his first start of the season.

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  • W: B. Snell (12-4)L: S. Matz (4-6)S: S. Romo (9)
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D. Robertson 2B31000113.261.391.413.8042.5
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C. Cron 1B20100100.241.319.446.7643.0
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A. Hechavarria SS40000016.256.280.335.616-0.5
C. Gomez RF40210010.200.277.329.6063.5
J. Field LF30100011.217.257.380.6371.5
b- M. Smith PH-LF10000002.274.338.373.7110.0
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S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Snell P10000111.000.667.000.6671.5
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  • a-struck out for Cron in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Field in the 8th
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B. Nimmo CF30100101.261.384.517.9012.0
J. Bautista RF40000032.218.379.436.815-1.5
A. Cabrera 2B40100002.283.330.483.8141.0
M. Conforto LF40100022.224.344.376.7200.0
W. Flores 1B40300001.269.325.462.7874.0
T. Frazier 3B40000014.220.304.390.694-0.5
K. Plawecki C30000123.225.361.382.7430.0
A. Rosario SS20000101.236.283.349.6311.0
S. Matz P20000022.103.133.138.271-1.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
a- J. Reyes PH10100000.180.254.252.5062.0
A. Swarzak P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Gsellman in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Duffy (16), C. Cron (14), C. Gomez (8), J. Field (9)
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (47), C. Gomez (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (24), C. Gomez (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (11), W. Flores (14), J. Reyes (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Kiermaier (6)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Nimmo (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Duffy-Robertson-Cron; Snell-Robertson-Cron)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 12-4)7.16003902.091.0326.5
D. Castillo (H, 7)0.10000001.470.760.0
J. Alvarado (H, 18)0.11000002.751.28-1.0
S. Romo (S, 9)1.00000104.231.2810.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 12-4)7.1
D. Castillo (H, 7)0.1
J. Alvarado (H, 18)0.1
S. Romo (S, 9)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-6)6.15113503.311.239.5
R. Gsellman1.22110204.441.321.0
A. Swarzak1.02111106.461.89-0.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-6)6.1
R. Gsellman1.2
A. Swarzak1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Snell (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 112-70, D. Castillo 5-3, J. Alvarado 5-3, S. Romo 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, D. Castillo, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz (8), R. Gsellman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 110-65, R. Gsellman 26-18, A. Swarzak 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-6, R. Gsellman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, R. Gsellman 7, A. Swarzak 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Duffy 3B41100104.309.357.414.7714.0
D. Robertson 2B31000113.261.391.413.8042.5
W. Ramos C50220012.289.340.462.8023.5
C. Cron 1B20100100.241.319.446.7643.0
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A. Hechavarria SS40000016.256.280.335.616-0.5
C. Gomez RF40210010.200.277.329.6063.5
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B. Snell P10000111.000.667.000.6671.5
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  • a-struck out for Cron in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Field in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30100101.261.384.517.9012.0
J. Bautista RF40000032.218.379.436.815-1.5
A. Cabrera 2B40100002.283.330.483.8141.0
M. Conforto LF40100022.224.344.376.7200.0
W. Flores 1B40300001.269.325.462.7874.0
T. Frazier 3B40000014.220.304.390.694-0.5
K. Plawecki C30000123.225.361.382.7430.0
A. Rosario SS20000101.236.283.349.6311.0
S. Matz P20000022.103.133.138.271-1.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
a- J. Reyes PH10100000.180.254.252.5062.0
A. Swarzak P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Gsellman in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Duffy (16), C. Cron (14), C. Gomez (8), J. Field (9)
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (47), C. Gomez (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (24), C. Gomez (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (11), W. Flores (14), J. Reyes (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Kiermaier (6)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Nimmo (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Duffy-Robertson-Cron; Snell-Robertson-Cron)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 12-4)7.16003902.091.0326.5
D. Castillo (H, 7)0.10000001.470.760.0
J. Alvarado (H, 18)0.11000002.751.28-1.0
S. Romo (S, 9)1.00000104.231.2810.5
Total9.07003100---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 12-4)7.1
D. Castillo (H, 7)0.1
J. Alvarado (H, 18)0.1
S. Romo (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-6)6.15113503.311.239.5
R. Gsellman1.22110204.441.321.0
A. Swarzak1.02111106.461.89-0.5
Total9.0933480---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-6)6.1
R. Gsellman1.2
A. Swarzak1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Snell (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 112-70, D. Castillo 5-3, J. Alvarado 5-3, S. Romo 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, D. Castillo, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz (8), R. Gsellman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 110-65, R. Gsellman 26-18, A. Swarzak 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-6, R. Gsellman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, R. Gsellman 7, A. Swarzak 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Ramos singled to left, Wendle scored, Duffy to second30
  • 8TH INNING
    Gomez singled to left, Robertson scored, Ramos to third, Gomez to second20
  • 5TH INNING
    Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Duffy scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Anthony Swarzak pitching
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Wendle singled to left center
    • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to deep center
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Duffy walked, Wendle to second
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Foul, Ramos singled to left, Wendle scored, Duffy to second
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Alvarado Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto singled to left
    • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores flied out to center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier lined out to center
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Plawecki struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson hit by pitch
    • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to right, Robertson to second
    • Jake Bauers hit for C.J. Cron
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gomez singled to left, Robertson scored, Ramos to third, Gomez to second
    • Mallex Smith hit for Johnny Field
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Reyes hit for Robert Gsellman
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes doubled to deep left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher, Reyes to third
    • Diego Castillo relieved Blake Snell
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista popped out to second
    • Jose Alvarado pitching
    • Joey Wendle in left field
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • B. Snell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Snell walked
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • Robert Gsellman relieved Steven Matz
    • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duffy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Snell out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores singled to right center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Frazier grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Flores out at second
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki walked
    • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Plawecki out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria flied out to right
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Field: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to shallow right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy doubled to deep right
    • D. Robertson: Robertson grounded out to second, Duffy to third
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Duffy scored
    • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to second
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
    • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Field doubled to deep right center
    • B. Snell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Snell struck out looking
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Kiermaier lined out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Flores singled to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Plawecki grounded into double play third to second to first, Flores out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson lined out to center
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos flied out to deep right
    • C. Cron: Ball, Cron doubled to deep right center
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Hechavarria grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep left
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Gomez doubled to right center
    • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Field grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Snell: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Snell hit by pitch
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Gomez to third, Snell out at second
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Kiermaier out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores doubled to deep left
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second, Flores to third
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Rosario intentionally walked
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Duffy flied out to right
    • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ramos struck out looking
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked, Kiermaier to third, Robertson to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep right
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo caught stealing, catcher to third, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)