Matt Bowman put a string of three bad starts behind him during a 10-4 win for Mets' Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas on Sunday.
The righthander, who entered Sunday 0-3 with a 10.93 ERA, allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three. He threw 54 of his 83 pitches for strikes and got 11 groundouts.
Bowman began the game with 4 1/3 perfect innings and didn't allow a run until the sixth. Centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani hit two home runs for the 51s (9-8). Second baseman Dilson Herrera was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. Herrera has at least two hits in 11 of his 16 games and is batting .371. Shortstop Matt Reynolds went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Lefthander Steven Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, started for Las Vegas on Friday and struck out five in seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He improved to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.01. Matz got 13 groundouts and threw 65 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
Righthander Noah Syndergaard is slated to take the mound for Las Vegas on Monday night.
Elsewhere in the minors
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON (9-8)
John Gant struck out five in seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks as the Mets blanked New Hampshire, 3-0. Catcher Xorge Carillo was 2-for-4 with a home run and right fielder Jared King went 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE (9-9)
Designated hitter Michael Conforto was 2-for-4 with a score-tying two-run homer in the sixth, but Jupiter walked off with the win in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. Rightfielder Victor Cruzado was 2-for-3 with a double and walk.
SINGLE-A SAVANNAH (6-11)
Third baseman Pedro Perez was 2-for-4 with two doubles, first baseman Jon Leroux went 1-for-4 with a home run and Martires Arias struck out five in seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits as the Sand Gnats beat Charleston, 4-2.