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Steven Matz, Long Island native, earns first win for Triple-A Las Vegas

Steven Matz, 23, was born in Stony Brook

Steven Matz, 23, was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School. Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Matz had Tommy John surgery before he was ever able to make his pro debut. Once he began pitching in the minors in 2012, it was evident the starter was on the fast track to the majors. In 55 games (54 starts), Matz has a 2.30 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and has struck out 305 in 297.2 innings. Currently in Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation, Matz is on the Mets’ 40-man roster. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Long Island native Steven Matz earned his first Triple-A win in his first career relief appearance as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 10-5, on Sunday.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, started the top of the fourth and pitched five innings, allowing three hits, three walks and one run. He struck out five, got seven groundballs and threw 52 of his 89 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 2.93.

Rafael Montero, recently demoted from the Mets' bullpen, started the game for the 51s (6-5), allowing two hits, one walk and two runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three. He threw 44 pitches and is being stretched back into a starting role.

Second baseman Dilson Herrera (2-for-5, 2B) and designated hitter Matt Reynolds (3-for-5, 2B) continued their hot streaks. Herrera was 0-for-8 to start the year, but is 14-for-34 since, raising his average to .333. He's hit three doubles in his last two games. Reynolds was 0-for-11 to start the season, but went 16-for-35 in his next eight games to bring his average to .348. He has six doubles, a triple and a home run and is slugging .587.

Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored.

Catcher Kevin Plawecki was 0-for-2 before being pulled from the game and elevated to the majors to replace injured Travis d'Arnaud. Plawecki is hitting .216. He was 0-for-17 in his first four games but is 8-for-20 in his last five with two doubles and a triple.

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Shortstop Josh Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a double, and catcher Xorge Carillo went 2-for-3 with a walk, but the Mets fell to Harrisburg, 10-2.


Rob Whalen allowed three hits, one walk and one unearned run in five innings, striking out three, but Fort Myers walked off with a win in the bottom of the 11th, beating St. Lucie, 3-2. Michael Conforto, the Mets' top pick in the 2014 draft, went 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk. Designated hitter Maikis De La Cruz was 4-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base.


The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the sixth due to rain with Charleston leading Savannah, 8-3. It will be resumed on April 23.

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