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Steven Matz lasts one inning in shortest outing of career

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 09: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets on July 09, 2017 at the Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, MO. (Photo by Jimmy Simmons/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Mets left-handed starting pitcher Steven Matz lasted just one inning against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon, giving up seven runs on nine hits in what was the shortest outing of his major-league career, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Matz’s ERA rose from 3.05 to 4.58 after the horrendous performance.

The 26-year-old returned from an elbow injury to make his first start of the season back on June 10.

Overall, Matz is 2-2 over seven starts, allowing 42 hits and eight home runs over 39.1 innings of work. He has struck out 25 batters in that span while issuing 11 walks.

This is Matz’s third year with the Mets, but he has yet to pitch a full season.

Last year, Matz dealt with bone spurs in his elbow and shoulder tightness, the former of which would end up requiring surgery in late September.

He started 22 games and went 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA, surrendering 129 hits while striking out 129 hitters across 132.1 frames of action.

The Stony Brook, N.Y., native was originally selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Matz reached the majors by 2015, coming up late in the season and making six starts. He went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 35.2 innings, giving up 34 hits while fanning 34 hitters. He also made three playoff starts during New York’s run to the World Series, going 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA over 14.2 frames of work.

The Mets entered play on Sunday with a record of 41-47 and sat 12 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East Division.

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