Matz fans 10, Alonso hits 21st HR as Mets beat Rockies 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) Steven Matz did his best to convince New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway that the team's top three starters are now a fab four.

Matz struck out 10, tied a career-high by throwing 120 pitches and earned the win as the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-3.

''He's been a big part of a big four, there's no doubt in my mind,'' Callaway said. ''And I think he can keep the big four intact.''

Matz has been accompanied by high expectations since he was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft. But he didn't pitch professionally until 2012 due to Tommy John surgery and has endured five trips to the injured list due to arm injuries over the last three seasons, during which Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler have emerged as New York's most durable starters. That trio has combined to throw at least 110 pitchers seven times this season.

Matz, though, has been the Mets' most consistent starter. He has allowed two runs or fewer seven times in nine starts, a stretch that included an IL stint due to nerve irritation in his left forearm.

Matz might have made his final step into the Mets' inner circle Saturday, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out 10, one shy of his career-high set against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 1.

Matz, who hadn't thrown more than 104 pitches in his first 11 starts, reached 120 pitches for the first time since Aug. 9, 2016, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

''A little bit of old school, 120 pitches in six,'' said Rockies manager Bud Black, who pitched in the majors from 1981 through 1995.

Matz had just two 1-2-3 innings Saturday, but stranded seven runners, including four in scoring position. He ended his night by striking out Rockies leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon to strand two.

''I felt really good tonight,'' Matz said. ''I want to just keep going out there and have a high pitch count. I think that's cool. That's what starting pitchers want to do, is be really durable.''

Amed Rosario put Matz in line to earn the win in the bottom of the sixth when he hit into a run-scoring double play to snap a 3-3 tie. Rookie sensation Pete Alonso led off the seventh with his 21st home run - it came with some drama, too.

Alonso's soaring drive was just beyond the glove of left fielder David Dahl and off the orange line atop the fence. The ball bounced back onto the field, Alonso kept running and he slid into third.

But an umpire crew review showed it was indeed a home run. Alonso moved within five of matching Darryl Strawberry's rookie record.

''I saw it off the bat, that ball's really up there,'' Alonso said. ''I just kept running and then I finally got the call from the umpire, home run. It was like `Whoa! That was sick!'''

Seth Lugo retired all six batters he faced and Edwin Diaz notched his 14th save with a one-hit ninth.

Carlos Gomez put the Mets ahead with a two-run homer in the second and Todd Frazier had an RBI single in the third.

The Rockies tied the game twice. In the second, Blackmon and Nolan Arenado delivered RBI singles. In the fourth, Brendan Rodgers singled with one out, went to third on Tony Wolters' single and scored when Frazier's throw to second to try to get Wolters sailed into right field.

Jon Gray (5-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

FRIDAY NIGHT CARRY-OVER?

The second inning contained a pair of curious moments that may or may not have been carryover from Friday night's eighth-inning fireworks, when the benches emptied twice but no punches were thrown after Mets RHP Drew Gagnon plunked Rockies CF Ian Desmond in the back immediately after Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer.

In the top of the second, Matz brushed back Murphy with a pitch so high and inside that Murphy's helmet fell off as he backpedaled about halfway to first base. Murphy is hitting .376 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs against the Mets since he left his former club.

Gray's first pitch in the bottom half of the frame was a 78 mph curveball that hit Frazier in the shoulder. Frazier jogged to first base without incident.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Blackmon (right calf), who was activated from the 10-day IL Friday but did not play, went 1 for 4 in his first appearance since May 23.

Mets: 2B Robinson Cano (left quad) missed a third straight game but the Mets remain hopeful he can avoid the IL for the second time this season. Cano was sidelined from May 23 through Tuesday and aggravated the injury following his second at-bat Wednesday. . LHP Justin Wilson (left elbow) felt good during a 20-pitch batting practice session and is expected to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 7.29 ERA) will make his second career start in his home state. Hoffman was born and raised in Latham, New York, near Albany. He tossed six innings and earned the win over the Mets in the Rockies' 13-4 victory on July 16, 2017.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.83 ERA) will make his 100th career start. Syndergaard has allowed fewer than three runs just four times in 13 starts this year.

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  • W: S. Matz (5-4)L: J. Gray (5-5)S: E. Diaz (14)
  • HR: NYM - C. Gomez (2), P. Alonso (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF41110013.299.357.559.9163.5
T. Story SS50100033.292.359.549.909-0.5
D. Dahl LF40000022.332.381.538.918-1.0
N. Arenado 3B30110110.332.383.604.9874.5
D. Murphy 1B40000023.256.315.451.766-1.0
I. Desmond CF40100021.242.314.446.7602.0
B. Rodgers 2B41100022.245.298.283.5811.0
T. Wolters C21200100.307.357.416.7735.0
J. Gray P20000013.074.107.074.181-0.5
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a- R. Tapia PH10000011.266.305.458.764-0.5
  • a-struck out for Estevez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B40100012.335.411.454.8660.5
P. Alonso 1B31111111.261.341.604.9456.5
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Smith LF-1B40000032.365.460.5951.054-1.5
M. Conforto RF21000210.255.387.505.8922.5
W. Ramos C41200002.280.357.419.7764.0
T. Frazier 3B21210100.258.331.422.7536.0
A. Rosario SS40000025.248.289.421.711-1.0
C. Gomez CF-LF41221011.203.277.356.6337.5
S. Matz P20000010.190.190.190.381-0.5
a- J. Davis PH10100000.260.333.432.7652.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Lagares PH-CF10000001.189.260.279.5390.0
  • a-doubled for Matz in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Lugo in the 8th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Gray (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (32), N. Arenado (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), T. Story 3 (3), D. Murphy 2 (2), B. Rodgers
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Ramos (5), J. Davis (7)
  • HR - P. Alonso (21), C. Gomez (2)
  • RBI - P. Alonso (46), T. Frazier (16), C. Gomez 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Frazier (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), W. Ramos 2 (2), A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Lagares
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Arenado (2), I. Desmond
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rodgers-Story-Murphy; Story-Murphy)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 5-5)5.28443814.271.33-1.0
J. McGee1.01110111.171.171.5
C. Estevez1.10001104.251.382.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 5-5)5.2
J. McGee1.0
C. Estevez1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 5-4)6.063221003.881.3723.0
S. Lugo (H, 8)2.00000302.590.997.5
E. Diaz (S, 14)1.01000202.811.2110.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 5-4)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 8)2.0
E. Diaz (S, 14)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gray (4)
  • HBP - J. Gray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-62, J. McGee 8-7, C. Estevez 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-2, J. McGee 1-1, C. Estevez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, J. McGee 4, C. Estevez 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 120-77, S. Lugo 21-15, E. Diaz 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-1, S. Lugo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, S. Lugo 6, E. Diaz 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF41110013.299.357.559.9163.5
T. Story SS50100033.292.359.549.909-0.5
D. Dahl LF40000022.332.381.538.918-1.0
N. Arenado 3B30110110.332.383.604.9874.5
D. Murphy 1B40000023.256.315.451.766-1.0
I. Desmond CF40100021.242.314.446.7602.0
B. Rodgers 2B41100022.245.298.283.5811.0
T. Wolters C21200100.307.357.416.7735.0
J. Gray P20000013.074.107.074.181-0.5
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Estevez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B40100012.335.411.454.8660.5
P. Alonso 1B31111111.261.341.604.9456.5
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Smith LF-1B40000032.365.460.5951.054-1.5
M. Conforto RF21000210.255.387.505.8922.5
W. Ramos C41200002.280.357.419.7764.0
T. Frazier 3B21210100.258.331.422.7536.0
A. Rosario SS40000025.248.289.421.711-1.0
C. Gomez CF-LF41221011.203.277.356.6337.5
S. Matz P20000010.190.190.190.381-0.5
a- J. Davis PH10100000.260.333.432.7652.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Lagares PH-CF10000001.189.260.279.5390.0
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HITTERSAB
J. McNeil 2B4
P. Alonso 1B3
E. Diaz P0
D. Smith LF-1B4
M. Conforto RF2
W. Ramos C4
T. Frazier 3B2
A. Rosario SS4
C. Gomez CF-LF4
S. Matz P2
a- J. Davis PH1
S. Lugo P0
b- J. Lagares PH-CF1
Total31
  • a-doubled for Matz in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Lugo in the 8th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Gray (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (32), N. Arenado (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), T. Story 3 (3), D. Murphy 2 (2), B. Rodgers
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Ramos (5), J. Davis (7)
  • HR - P. Alonso (21), C. Gomez (2)
  • RBI - P. Alonso (46), T. Frazier (16), C. Gomez 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Frazier (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), W. Ramos 2 (2), A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Lagares
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Arenado (2), I. Desmond
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rodgers-Story-Murphy; Story-Murphy)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 5-5)5.28443814.271.33-1.0
J. McGee1.01110111.171.171.5
C. Estevez1.10001104.251.382.5
Total8.09554102---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 5-5)5.2
J. McGee1.0
C. Estevez1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 5-4)6.063221003.881.3723.0
S. Lugo (H, 8)2.00000302.590.997.5
E. Diaz (S, 14)1.01000202.811.2110.0
Total9.07322150---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 5-4)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 8)2.0
E. Diaz (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gray (4)
  • HBP - J. Gray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-62, J. McGee 8-7, C. Estevez 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-2, J. McGee 1-1, C. Estevez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, J. McGee 4, C. Estevez 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 120-77, S. Lugo 21-15, E. Diaz 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-1, S. Lugo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, S. Lugo 6, E. Diaz 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Alonso homered to left center35
  • 6TH INNING
    Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramos scored, Frazier out at second34
  • 4TH INNING
    Wolters singled to right, Rodgers scored, Wolters to second on 3rd baseman Frazier throwing error33
  • 3RD INNING
    Frazier singled to left, Conforto scored, Ramos to second23
    Arenado singled to right, Blackmon scored, Dahl to second22
    Blackmon singled to left, Wolters scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Gomez homered to center, Frazier scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Edwin Diaz pitching
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters singled to left
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Carlos Estevez
    • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon fouled out to third
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Wolters to second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy lined out to right
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • B. Rodgers: Rodgers flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Estevez Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rosario flied out to right
    • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • Juan Lagares hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lagares fouled out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dahl struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. McGee Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso homered to left center
    • Do. Smith: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to second
    • Carlos Estevez relieved Jake McGee
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Desmond singled to center
    • B. Rodgers: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wolters hit by pitch
    • J. Gray: Foul, Foul, Gray reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Desmond out at third, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ramos doubled to right
    • T. Frazier: Frazier singled to left center, Ramos to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramos scored, Frazier out at second
    • C. Gomez: Gomez singled to right center
    • J.D. Davis hit for Steven Matz
    • J. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis doubled to deep left, Gomez to third
    • Jake McGee relieved Jon Gray
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, McNeil flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Dahl grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Do. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to third
    • B. Rodgers: Ball, Rodgers singled to right
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters singled to right, Rodgers scored, Wolters to second on 3rd baseman Frazier throwing error
    • J. Gray: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon hit by pitch
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Gomez grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters walked
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to left, Wolters scored
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Story singled to left, Blackmon to second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Dahl reached on fielder's choice to first, Blackmon to third, Story out at second
    • N. Arenado: Arenado singled to right, Blackmon scored, Dahl to second
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
    • Do. Smith: Smith grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike looking, Ramos singled to right, Conforto to third
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to left, Conforto scored, Ramos to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • B. Rodgers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Frazier to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Gomez homered to center, Frazier scored
    • S. Matz: Matz lined out to second
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dahl struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil singled to shallow center
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Alonso grounded out to third, McNeil to second
    • Do. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ramos grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)