Matz K's 11, as Mets top Giants, 2-1 in 11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Steven Matz has developed a sense for when his pitching mechanics are in order.

''When I'm going good, I can get in a good rhythm and just kind of keep going,'' he said.

The 27-year-old left-hander was feeling it on Saturday.

Matz struck out a career-high 11 batters and the New York Mets went on to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 11 innings.

''That was something that (catcher Tomas) Nito and I were really on top of,'' Matz said. ''We just had a good rhythm going. He was putting down (signs) that I was wanting. It just worked out good.''

Wilmer Flores doubled to left off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (3-4) to lead off the 11th. He went to third when Jay Bruce grounded out to second against the shift, and scored on Todd Frazier's fly ball to left.

Jerry Blevins (2-2) pitched a scoreless 10th and Mets closer Robert Gsellman worked the 11th for his ninth save.

Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch in right field, robbing Austin Slater of a hit to end the game.

The Mets have won six of their last seven games at AT&T Park.

Slater was 2 for 5 and Evan Longoria homered for the Giants.

Longoria hit his 15th home run leading off the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 sinker Matz left over the heart of the plate. Nido was 2 for 4 with an RBI double off Giants starter Derek Holland in the fifth.

Holland gave up one run in six innings of three-hit ball in which he walked three.

Matz gave up one run in seven innings of three-hit ball.

''It was definitely the best I've seen (Matz) all year,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

After Longoria's home run, the Mets held the Giants to one hit over the next eight innings.

They didn't advance a runner into scoring position over that stretch until 35-year-old outfielder Hunter Pence, who reached on a one-out walk off Blevins in the 10th and stole second with Joe Panik up with two outs.

Blevins got Panik to fly out to left.

''We couldn't mount anything offensively,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

''We needed somebody to come through. It's tough to get this kind of pitching and we couldn't find a way to scratch out another run for them.''

Mets starting pitchers over their last 13 games have combined for a 1.67 ERA (17 earned runs, 91 2/3 innings).

''I try to build off those guys,'' Matz said. ''You see Zack (Wheeler) and (Jacob deGrom) and what they've done recently, we kind of all build off each other I think so I think it does help when you see those guys go out there and dominate like they do. ''

The beleaguered Mets bullpen combined for four shutout innings of no-hit ball. Going into Saturday, Mets relievers were tagged for 26 earned runs in their last 11 innings, for a 21.27 ERA over that stretch.

LEFT OUT

Left-handed hitting infielder Jeff McNeil sat out of Saturday's starting lineup against the left-handed Holland. Manager Mickey Callaway said he'll rest other left-handed hitters during a stretch in which New York facs left-handed starters in three of its next four games. The Mets have faced 37 lefty starters, matching their 2017 total. They're 15-22 vs. southpaw starters.

ADDED ON

The Mets recalled right-handed pitchers Tim Peterson and Eric Hanhold from Triple-A Las Vegas. More call-ups are expected to trickle in. ''It's going to be a September with a lot of players and a lot of moving parts,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. . The Giants recalled right-handed pitcher Ray Black from Triple-A Sacramento. More September call-ups are expected in time for a three-game series in Colorado, which starts Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a sore left knee, among other minor ailments, manager Bruce Bochy said. Crawford's playing status is day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.51 ERA) posted a 4.74 ERA in August. RHP Chris Stratton (9-7, 4.99) is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two starts since an August 21 callup up from Triple-A Sacramento.

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  • W: J. Blevins (2-2)L: H. Strickland (3-4)S: R. Gsellman (9)
  • HR: SF - E. Longoria (15)
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W. Flores 2B51100001.271.323.431.7543.0
J. Bruce 1B40100111.218.295.336.6321.5
T. Frazier 3B30010122.227.304.411.7153.0
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  • a-struck out for Lugo in the 10th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Hernandez CF50000031.246.295.403.698-1.5
A. Slater RF50200001.282.372.345.7172.0
E. Longoria 3B41111002.244.282.427.7096.0
N. Hundley C40000021.232.293.412.705-1.0
B. Belt 1B40000040.261.349.434.783-2.0
H. Pence LF30000120.217.261.303.5632.0
A. Hanson SS40000032.260.282.428.710-1.5
J. Panik 2B30000101.245.304.342.6461.0
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  • a-struck out for Melancon in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Strickland in the 11th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Flores (25), T. Nido (2)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (7)
  • SF - T. Frazier (7)
  • RBI - T. Frazier (53), T. Nido (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, W. Flores, T. Frazier 2 (2), M. Conforto, S. Matz
BATTING
  • HR - E. Longoria (15)
  • SH - D. Holland (2)
  • RBI - E. Longoria (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Slater, N. Hundley, A. Hanson, J. Panik
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Frazier (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Pence (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Flores-Rosario-Bruce)
  • E - A. Rosario (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Longoria-Hanson-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz7.031111114.201.2724.5
S. Lugo2.00000202.801.127.0
J. Blevins (W, 2-2)1.00001203.751.2810.0
R. Gsellman (S, 9)1.00000103.771.2110.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz7.0
S. Lugo2.0
J. Blevins (W, 2-2)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 9)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland6.04113303.561.2814.5
S. Dyson1.01000102.741.092.5
M. Melancon1.01000102.731.452.5
W. Smith1.00000201.760.854.0
R. Moronta1.00000202.081.024.0
H. Strickland (L, 3-4)1.01110103.031.24-3.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 93-68, S. Lugo 21-16, J. Blevins 23-12, R. Gsellman 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-4, S. Lugo 2-2, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 25, S. Lugo 6, J. Blevins 4, R. Gsellman 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 106-66, S. Dyson 13-9, M. Melancon 14-8, W. Smith 10-8, R. Moronta 14-10, H. Strickland 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 7-6, S. Dyson 1-1, M. Melancon 2-0, R. Moronta 1-0, H. Strickland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 23, S. Dyson 4, M. Melancon 4, W. Smith 3, R. Moronta 3, H. Strickland 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Flores 2B51100001.271.323.431.7543.0
J. Bruce 1B40100111.218.295.336.6321.5
T. Frazier 3B30010122.227.304.411.7153.0
M. Conforto LF50100020.232.344.401.7460.0
A. Jackson CF40100000.275.332.355.6881.0
B. Nimmo RF31000111.267.386.497.8831.5
T. Nido C40210010.170.211.208.4183.5
S. Matz P30000012.075.119.100.219-0.5
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
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  • a-struck out for Lugo in the 10th
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G. Hernandez CF50000031.246.295.403.698-1.5
A. Slater RF50200001.282.372.345.7172.0
E. Longoria 3B41111002.244.282.427.7096.0
N. Hundley C40000021.232.293.412.705-1.0
B. Belt 1B40000040.261.349.434.783-2.0
H. Pence LF30000120.217.261.303.5632.0
A. Hanson SS40000032.260.282.428.710-1.5
J. Panik 2B30000101.245.304.342.6461.0
D. Holland P10000010.064.064.085.149-0.5
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Melancon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Shaw PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
W. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Melancon in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Strickland in the 11th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Flores (25), T. Nido (2)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (7)
  • SF - T. Frazier (7)
  • RBI - T. Frazier (53), T. Nido (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, W. Flores, T. Frazier 2 (2), M. Conforto, S. Matz
BATTING
  • HR - E. Longoria (15)
  • SH - D. Holland (2)
  • RBI - E. Longoria (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Slater, N. Hundley, A. Hanson, J. Panik
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Frazier (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Pence (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Flores-Rosario-Bruce)
  • E - A. Rosario (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Longoria-Hanson-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz7.031111114.201.2724.5
S. Lugo2.00000202.801.127.0
J. Blevins (W, 2-2)1.00001203.751.2810.0
R. Gsellman (S, 9)1.00000103.771.2110.5
Total11.03112161---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz7.0
S. Lugo2.0
J. Blevins (W, 2-2)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 9)1.0
Total11.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland6.04113303.561.2814.5
S. Dyson1.01000102.741.092.5
M. Melancon1.01000102.731.452.5
W. Smith1.00000201.760.854.0
R. Moronta1.00000202.081.024.0
H. Strickland (L, 3-4)1.01110103.031.24-3.5
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PITCHERSIP
D. Holland6.0
S. Dyson1.0
M. Melancon1.0
W. Smith1.0
R. Moronta1.0
H. Strickland (L, 3-4)1.0
Total11.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 93-68, S. Lugo 21-16, J. Blevins 23-12, R. Gsellman 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-4, S. Lugo 2-2, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 25, S. Lugo 6, J. Blevins 4, R. Gsellman 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 106-66, S. Dyson 13-9, M. Melancon 14-8, W. Smith 10-8, R. Moronta 14-10, H. Strickland 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 7-6, S. Dyson 1-1, M. Melancon 2-0, R. Moronta 1-0, H. Strickland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 23, S. Dyson 4, M. Melancon 4, W. Smith 3, R. Moronta 3, H. Strickland 4
  • 11TH INNING
    Frazier hit sacrifice fly to left, Flores scored21
  • 5TH INNING
    Nido doubled to deep right center, Nimmo scored11
  • 4TH INNING
    Longoria homered to left center01
  • 11TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Reyes Moronta
    • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Flores doubled to deep left
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce grounded out to second, Flores to third
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier hit sacrifice fly to left, Flores scored
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 11th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Gsellman relieved Jerry Blevins
    • Gregor Blanco hit for Hunter Strickland
    • G. Blanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Blanco grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. Slater: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Slater lined out to right
    • End of the 11th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 10TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta relieved Will Smith
    • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • Jeff McNeil hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jerry Blevins pitching
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pence walked
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pence stole second, Foul, Panik lined out to left
    • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith pitching
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson flied out to deep right
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Slater grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Longoria flied out to center
    • N. Hundley: Hundley flied out to deep center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Mark Melancon relieved Sam Dyson
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Flores: Flores grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce singled to right center
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo relieved Steven Matz
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • Chris Shaw hit for Mark Melancon
    • C. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sam Dyson relieved Derek Holland
    • A. Jackson: Jackson lined out to second
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Nido: Foul, Ball, Nido singled to center
    • S. Matz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Matz struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hundley struck out looking
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Pence safe at first on shortstop Rosario fielding error
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Flores grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Frazier stole second, Conforto reached on an infield single to shortstop, Frazier out at home
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. Slater: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Slater reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Pickoff attempt, Longoria grounded out to shortstop, Slater out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Jackson flied out to right
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • T. Nido: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Nido doubled to deep right center, Nimmo scored
    • S. Matz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Matz grounded out to second, Nido to third
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • A. Hanson: Hanson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Panik grounded out to third
    • D. Holland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holland struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Bruce grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Longoria homered to left center
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nido grounded out to third
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Matz lined out to right
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario tripled to deep left
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Flores lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Panik walked
    • D. Holland: Strike swinging, Holland hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Panik to second
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
    • A. Slater: Ball, Slater grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to first
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jackson singled to center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to shortstop, Jackson out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Pence struck out looking
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hanson struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario lined out to left
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Flores flied out to left
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez popped out to first
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike looking, Slater singled to right center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Longoria lined out to center
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Hundley flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)