PHOENIX – Tylor Megill’s training wheels gradually loosened, to the point of disappearing.
With every start this season, the Mets right-hander has increased his workload, in terms of length and throws, largely passing every test. Even the reluctance to let Megill face a formation for the third time dissipated.
On Sunday, the Mets got a rebounding performance from Megill, who worked until the seventh inning and carried the team to a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
The Mets won their fifth straight series to start a season, tying a franchise record set in 2018.
Megill pitched 6 ²/₃ innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He was retired after 92 pitches.
In his previous start, Megill allowed four first runs against the Giants but still managed to work six innings and get his pitch count to 87. Megill boasts a 2.35 ERA over four starts and provided a more than adequate coverage for the Mets as Jacob deGrom. is on the injured list.
Megill was slapped in the seventh, when the Mets used two walks, two batters and a single to score twice and establish a 4-1 lead. After James McCann was dunked by Edwin Uceta to load the bases, Travis Jankowski walked. Starling Marte was drilled by Taylor Widener to force the second run of the inning. JD Davis threw a solo homer at eighth for another run. The lead extended to 6-2 on Sergio Alcantara’s field error on a McCann grounder.
Marte’s speed gave the Mets the lead in the sixth. After netting a one-out brace, Marte stole the third and scored after catcher Jose Herrera’s throw slipped past Alcantara, who attempted a sweeping tag. Marte’s stolen base was his fourth of the season.
Francisco Lindor’s RBI single in the first gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Mark Canha hit an infield single before the game against Madison Bumgarner and hit No. 2 on Alcantara’s wild pitch. Lindor delivered a one-out single that gave him 12 RBIs this season.
Christian Walker’s 467-foot bomb at center left tied it 1-1 in the fourth. Megill trailed 2-1 in the count and hit a 97mph fastball that Walker crushed for his fourth homer this season.
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