Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Mets went on to beat the Padres 5-1 Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Matz allowed a single to Alexei Ramirez with one out in the eighth to break up the bid. It was the 105th and final pitch Matz would throw; Terry Collins came out with the quick hook. He struck out eight Padres and walked two over 7.1 innings.
Addison Reed allowed another single in the eighth but was able to get out of it.
The Mets got their two first two runs on solo homers by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Jose Reyes added a third run by himself in the eighth. He singled, stole second and advanced to third when the catcher’s throw went into center field, and scored on a wild pitch. Following two walks, T.J. Rivera laced a two-run double to left to make it a 5-0 game.
With the save opportunity gone, Gabriel Ynoa, a winner in his major league debut Saturday night, came on for the ninth inning. He allowed a run to break up the shutout.
But Steven Matz was the story of the game. He could not complete the no-hitter, but it was still the best game of his young career.
Mets win 5-1 — the first time since the All-Star break they have won back-to-back games. They climb back to a game over .500 with a grueling 10-game West coast trip looming.