Vargas goes old school, shuts out Giants; Mets lose Canó

NEW YORK (AP) Rarely in modern baseball does a starting pitcher get to face the opposing lineup for a fourth time. For soft-tossing, back-of-the-rotation types, it's more like hardly ever.

Jason Vargas began his career during a different era, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway was there to see him back in the day. So Callaway had no hesitation letting Vargas do things old school Wednesday night.

''He's just really earned the right,'' Callaway said.

Vargas threw 117 pitches for his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 despite losing Robinson Cano hours after his return from the injured list.

Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarria each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven games.

Vargas (2-3) was maligned by Mets fans as an unworthy No. 5 starter coming into the season, but the 14-year veteran has been stellar lately, allowing one run or fewer in seven of his past eight starts.

Despite averaging just 84 mph on his fastball, the 36-year-old lefty struck out a season-best eight, allowed five hits and a walk, and threw his most pitches in five years. His previous high this season was 98.

First baseman Pete Alonso gave Vargas the ball and a big hug after the final out of his eighth career shutout and 13th complete game. His previous shutout came on June 2, 2017, for Kansas City against Cleveland - Callaway was the Indians' pitching coach at the time.

It was just the second time in Vargas' two years with the Mets he was permitted to face the opposing order a fourth time.

''I don't know if it's easier for somebody who played a little further back when that wasn't as big of a deal and you were able to keep going as long as you were able to show you were able to keep rolling,'' Vargas said. ''I think that Mickey was aware of that tonight. I think it probably made him feel a little better that he'd seen me do it against his club in Cleveland a few times. I think it's just part of having done it.''

Vargas faced the minimum over innings five through eight, then worked around Donovan Solano's single to finish the ninth. His one-man show came a day after Callaway removed a furious Noah Syndergaard in the seventh, then apologized to his team for a move that backfired. Callaway said he had a restless night thinking about that decision.

''I can sleep tonight,'' he joked.

It was New York's second complete game this season - Syndergaard shut out Cincinnati on May 2.

Tyler Beede (0-2) allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings for the Giants, who had won three straight. Beede was coming off his best start in the majors, going six innings in a 3-1 win against Miami. The 2014 first-round pick is still seeking his first major league win.

''He's got to get this figured out as far as being consistent with the command of his pitches,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We all know he's got the stuff. He's got the equipment, but I think tonight was really a perfect case of you don't have to throw that hard to get hitters out.''

IN-N-OUT

Cano played for the first time since straining his left quadriceps May 22 but was pulled at the start of the fifth inning with tightness in the muscle . He favored the leg running to first base on a rally-killing double play in the third.

Cano doesn't think he'll need to go back on the injured list, but he'll be evaluated further Thursday before New York makes any determinations.

''It's just got tightness,'' Cano said. ''Nothing else.''

Hechavarria replaced him at second base to begin the fifth.

ABOUT THOSE RUNS

The Mets have homered in 12 consecutive home games, a first at Citi Field. Conforto hit a leadoff shot in the fourth and Rosario's drive made it 5-0, all before Beede got the first out of the inning. Conforto drove in another run an inning later with a sacrifice fly, and Hechavarria hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Jeff McNeil had three hits for New York in his second game since coming off the injured list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: C Buster Posey was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to June 2. Posey was injured running out a grounder Saturday, and San Francisco had hoped he could avoid the IL. Bochy said he is hopeful Posey will be activated when he's eligible. ... RHP Trevor Gott was activated from the IL after dealing with a forearm strain.

Mets: OF Aaron Altherr was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Cano.

UP NEXT

Giants RHP Shaun Anderson (1-1, 4.09 ERA) faces RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.68) in a noon matinee Thursday to wrap up the three-game series.

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  • W: J. Vargas (2-3)L: T. Beede (0-2)
  • HR: NYM - A. Hechavarria (4), A. Rosario (7), M. Conforto (11)
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D. Solano SS40100001.179.226.214.4401.0
T. Austin LF40100022.254.338.521.8590.0
E. Longoria 3B40100013.223.304.408.7120.5
B. Belt 1B20000102.246.362.470.8321.0
K. Pillar CF30000012.216.246.349.594-0.5
D. Holland P00000000.091.091.091.1820.0
A. Garcia C30100010.222.300.556.8560.5
M. Yastrzemski RF30000001.237.318.395.7130.0
T. Beede P20000010.200.333.200.533-0.5
T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Duggar CF10000000.244.286.355.6410.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. McNeil LF51300000.337.417.463.8805.0
    J. Lagares CF00000000.183.252.269.5210.0
    P. Alonso 1B21000102.265.343.612.9553.0
    R. Cano 2B20010003.238.284.366.6501.0
    A. Hechavarria 2B21111001.242.277.500.7776.0
    M. Conforto RF31121020.251.381.497.8786.0
    W. Ramos C21100200.281.358.421.7804.0
    T. Frazier 3B31000123.246.315.398.7141.0
    A. Rosario SS41131003.251.294.416.7098.0
    C. Gomez CF-RF40000020.182.262.291.553-1.0
    J. Vargas P40100030.067.067.067.133-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Panik (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), K. Pillar, M. Yastrzemski
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McNeil (14)
      • HR - A. Hechavarria (4), M. Conforto (11), A. Rosario (7)
      • SF - M. Conforto (3)
      • RBI - R. Cano (14), A. Hechavarria (13), M. Conforto 2 (28), A. Rosario 3 (32)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, A. Rosario 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Belt-Solano-Beede)
      • E - T. Beede
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cano-Alonso; Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Beede (L, 0-2)5.05654528.152.21-1.5
      T. Gott1.01000202.880.843.0
      D. Holland2.02110216.521.554.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Beede (L, 0-2)5.0
      T. Gott1.0
      D. Holland2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas (W, 2-3)9.05001803.571.3535.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas (W, 2-3)9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Beede (5)
      • HBP - T. Beede
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Beede 101-57, T. Gott 15-11, D. Holland 38-28
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Beede 5-5, D. Holland 2-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Beede 25, T. Gott 4, D. Holland 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 117-79
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 10-7
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 31
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Panik 2B40100020.242.321.343.6651.0
      D. Solano SS40100001.179.226.214.4401.0
      T. Austin LF40100022.254.338.521.8590.0
      E. Longoria 3B40100013.223.304.408.7120.5
      B. Belt 1B20000102.246.362.470.8321.0
      K. Pillar CF30000012.216.246.349.594-0.5
      D. Holland P00000000.091.091.091.1820.0
      A. Garcia C30100010.222.300.556.8560.5
      M. Yastrzemski RF30000001.237.318.395.7130.0
      T. Beede P20000010.200.333.200.533-0.5
      T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Duggar CF10000000.244.286.355.6410.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. McNeil LF51300000.337.417.463.8805.0
        J. Lagares CF00000000.183.252.269.5210.0
        P. Alonso 1B21000102.265.343.612.9553.0
        R. Cano 2B20010003.238.284.366.6501.0
        A. Hechavarria 2B21111001.242.277.500.7776.0
        M. Conforto RF31121020.251.381.497.8786.0
        W. Ramos C21100200.281.358.421.7804.0
        T. Frazier 3B31000123.246.315.398.7141.0
        A. Rosario SS41131003.251.294.416.7098.0
        C. Gomez CF-RF40000020.182.262.291.553-1.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Panik (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria 2 (2), K. Pillar, M. Yastrzemski
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. McNeil (14)
          • HR - A. Hechavarria (4), M. Conforto (11), A. Rosario (7)
          • SF - M. Conforto (3)
          • RBI - R. Cano (14), A. Hechavarria (13), M. Conforto 2 (28), A. Rosario 3 (32)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, A. Rosario 3 (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Belt-Solano-Beede)
          • E - T. Beede
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cano-Alonso; Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Beede (L, 0-2)5.05654528.152.21-1.5
          T. Gott1.01000202.880.843.0
          D. Holland2.02110216.521.554.0
          Total8.0876493---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Beede (L, 0-2)5.0
          T. Gott1.0
          D. Holland2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Vargas (W, 2-3)9.05001803.571.3535.0
          Total9.0500180---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Vargas (W, 2-3)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Beede (5)
          • HBP - T. Beede
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Beede 101-57, T. Gott 15-11, D. Holland 38-28
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Beede 5-5, D. Holland 2-2
          • Batters Faced - T. Beede 25, T. Gott 4, D. Holland 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 117-79
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 10-7
          • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 31
          • 7TH INNING
            Hechavarria homered to left center07
          • 5TH INNING
            Conforto hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored06
          • 4TH INNING
            Rosario homered to center, Ramos and Frazier scored05
            Conforto homered to center02
          • 1ST INNING
            Cano grounded out to first, McNeil scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Juan Lagares in center field
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Panik struck out swinging
            • D. Solano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Solano singled to left
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • Ar. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • M. Yastrzemski: Ball, Foul, Yastrzemski grounded out to second
            • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Holland Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomez lined out to pitcher
            • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
            • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McNeil grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Longoria reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. Belt: Foul, Belt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Longoria out at second
            • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Derek Holland pitching
            • Steven Duggar in center field
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria homered to left center
            • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
            • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to deep right
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier fouled out to third
            • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Panik struck out looking
            • D. Solano: Solano flied out to right
            • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Austin lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Gott relieved Tyler Beede
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gomez struck out on foul tip
            • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
            • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil reached on an infield single to second
            • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alonso flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Adeiny Hechavarria at second base
            • Ar. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia popped out to shortstop
            • M. Yastrzemski: Strike looking, Ball, Yastrzemski grounded out to second
            • T. Beede: Ball, Beede grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Beede Pitching:
            • P. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso hit by pitch
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Alonso to third on pitcher Beede throwing error
            • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Conforto hit sacrifice fly to center, Alonso scored
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hechavarria to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramos walked
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Austin singled to left
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Longoria popped out to shortstop
            • B. Belt: Ball, Belt reached on fielder's choice to second, Austin out at second
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Beede Pitching:
            • M. Conforto: Conforto homered to center
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier walked, Ramos to second
            • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario homered to center, Ramos and Frazier scored
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • J. Vargas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
            • J. McNeil: McNeil lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • T. Beede: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beede struck out looking
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
            • D. Solano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Solano popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Beede Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomez flied out to deep right
            • J. Vargas: Strike swinging, Ball, Vargas singled to center
            • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, McNeil singled to right, Vargas to second
            • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked, Vargas to third, McNeil to second
            • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Cano grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Alonso out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt walked
            • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Belt out at second
            • Ar. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to right center
            • M. Yastrzemski: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Yastrzemski lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Beede Pitching:
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Vargas Pitching:
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Panik doubled to right center
            • D. Solano: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Solano lined out to center
            • T. Austin: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Austin struck out on foul tip
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Beede Pitching:
            • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Ball, McNeil doubled to deep right
            • P. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to deep center, McNeil to third
            • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to first, McNeil scored
            • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Conforto struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)