NEW YORK -- New York Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz's pitch count escalated quickly Friday night, climbing to 43 pitches after two innings and 62 after three innings. Matz ultimately grew more efficient, though. He earned the win in his Subway Series debut as the Mets beat the New York Yankees 5-1 at Citi Field.
Matz allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out four in a 102-pitch effort.
Matz (4-0, 1.80 ERA) became the first pitcher in franchise history to allow two earned runs or fewer in each of his first five career starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"I settled down a little bit there, especially after the third," Matz said. "I felt more comfortable out there. So, definitely, I felt like I got stronger as the game went on. ... Sometimes I try to get a little too fine with my pitches. [Catcher] Trav [d'Arnaud] kind of talked to me about that, and [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen]. They just told me to let it go and trust what I've got."
Said David Wright: "You can tell he was a little amped up. He was throwing a little harder than normal that first inning, was a little wild."
Matz used a slider he has not previously used in games.
"I was working on it with Dan a little bit in the bullpen sessions," Matz said. "I told Trav before the game, 'If we get ahead of a hitter, just kind of show them it.' And it turned out to be working pretty well for me today. So we mixed it in a few more times."
Matz, who grew up on Long Island, said he enjoyed his first Subway Series experience.
"That was the most fans I've ever pitched in front of," Matz said. "The crowd was pretty electric. It was pretty fun."