PHILADELPHIA — Steven Matz’s disastrous season took an uptick Saturday night, even if he couldn’t complete six innings.
The enigmatic lefty contained the anemic Phillies, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks over 5 ²/₃ innings in the Mets’ 3-1 loss at Citizens Bank Park that snapped the team’s two-game winning streak.
Considering Matz entered with an 11.03 ERA over his previous six starts, the Mets certainly will take what they received. Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis each delivered an RBI single in the fifth to account for the Phillies’ runs against Matz.
Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight night and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the fourth. But the remainder of the Mets lineup was silent against Aaron Nola and the Phillies’ bullpen — Amed Rosario had the team’s only other hit.
Dominic Smith, in his second major league game, finished 0-for-3 at the plate.
Jacob deGrom reported no problems after a throwing session and is expected to start against the Yankees on Tuesday. The right-hander was struck in the right triceps by a line drive Thursday and forced to leave the game in the seventh inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous three games with a sore left hand.