Posted by Craig Mitchell at 7:34 PM
Sunday afternoon Steven Matz made a debut like no other in Met history as he allowed just 2 solo homers in 7 2/3 innings and went 3 for 3 for 4 RBI at the plate leading the Mets to their 4 straight win with a 7-2 victory over the Reds. Matz got a rude welcome from Brandon Phillips as he greeted the 23 year old with lead off homer and it was 1-0 Reds in the first. Matz then brought the offense too. In his first major league at bat, with 2 on in the bottom of the 2nd, Matz hit a 2 run double over head of Billy Hamilton to make it 2-1 Mets. In 4th Todd Frazier tied the game with a solo homer, his 25th on the year and it was 2-2. In the 5th Curtis Granderson continued to rake doubling home Eric Campbell to make it 3-2. In the 6th Matz got his 3rd hit of the game, a single scoring John Mayberry Jr. and Johnny Monell and the Mets had a 5-2 lead. Ruben Tejada then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-2. In the 8th Granderson connected for an RBI single to make it 7-2. Matz has the most impressive debut in Met history. He gets his first major league win he’s 1-0. He went 7 2/3 allowing 5 hits 2 runs (earned) walking 3 and striking out 6. Matz becomes the first Met player ever to drive in 4 RBI in his ML debut. He’s also ties a Met record for a pitcher getting 3 hits in a game. Granderson went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI as his hot streak continues. Johnny Monell went 2 for 3; Eric Campbell scored 3 runs without an official at bat (he walked 3 times.) Hansel Robles pitched the 9th to close it out. With the win the Mets sweep the 3 game series from the Reds. They now stand at 40-37 overall and 29-11 at Citi Field. Monday is an off day, Tuesday the upstart Cubs come to town. Jonathon Niese (3-7 4.12) goes for the Mets, Kyle Hendricks (2-4 4.46) goes for Chicago.