Long Island native Steven Matz turned in his shortest outing in nearly two years, but Mets Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to an 11-6 win over Reno on Thursday.

Matz, the Mets' top pitching prospect who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, lasted just four innings, allowing five hits, three walks and four runs. He struck out six.

It was his shortest start since Aug. 18, 2013.

Matz struck out a hitter and allowed a walk in the first, struck out a hitter and permitted a single in the second and struck out the side in the fourth inning.

But a four-run third inning was Matz' undoing.

After Parker Frazier struck out to start the third inning, the next seven batters presented this sequence: Garret Weber homered, Danny Worth walked, Peter O'Brien doubled, Nick Evans reached on an RBI fielder's choice, Jamie Romak walked, Todd Glaesmann singled and Cody Ransom singled. By the time Matz got Matt Pagnozzi to fly out and end the inning, Reno led 4-1.

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Matz threw 83 pitches (50 strikes), his third lowest total of the season. The four earned runs matched his season high.

Las Vegas centerfielder Alex Castellanos doubled and scored on third baseman T.J. Rivera's single to cut the lead to 4-2 in the fourth, and the 51s tied the score in the fifth on three straight singles from shortstop Matt Reynolds, catcher Johnny Monell and first baseman Brooks Conrad and a sacrifice fly by rightfielder Travis Taijeron. Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar's RBI single in the sixth scored Rivera with the go-ahead run, but righthander Chase Bradford allowed a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to put Las Vegas in a one-run hole again.

Patience proved the 51s' most effective weapon during a six-run bottom of the eighth. Rivera (3-for-5), Reynolds (2-for-6) and Tovar (2-for-3, 3 walks) had the only hits in the inning - all singles - but five walks and a wild pitch backed the rally for Las Vegas (32-29, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern).

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