Jason Vargas Pitches Like an Ace for the Mets, Shutting Out the Giants
Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, and Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer as the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-0, Wednesday night.
Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid.
Robinson Canó played for the first time since straining his left quadriceps on May 22 but was pulled at the start of the fifth with tightness. He favored the leg running to first on a rally-killing double play in the third.
Canó said he would be cautious to avoid re-injury, but it didn’t take much to tweak his quad. He jogged easily on an R.B.I. groundout in the first inning and showed no signs of trouble. Two innings later, he limped coming out of the box on a bases-loaded double play, getting beaten to the bag by about a step to end the inning.
Hechavarría replaced him at second in the fifth.
Vargas (2-3), maligned by Mets fans as an unworthy No. 5 starter coming into the season, has been stellar lately, allowing one run or fewer in seven of his past eight starts. The 36-year-old lefty struck out a season-best eight, allowed five hits and a walk, and threw 117 pitches — his most in five years.
Tyler Beede (0-2) allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings for the Giants.
The Mets have homered in 12 consecutive home games, a first at Citi Field. Conforto hit a leadoff shot in the fourth, and Rosario’s drive made it 5-0, all before Beede got the first out of the inning. Conforto drove in another run an inning later with a sacrifice fly, and Hechavarría hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.
Vargas let the leadoff man on in three of the first four innings but dodged trouble each time. He faced the minimum over innings five through eight, then worked around Donovan Solano’s single to finish the ninth.
Pete Alonso gave Vargas the ball and a hug after the final out of his eighth career shutout and 13th complete game.
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