New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Seth Wenig
August 14, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Steven Matz has not given up a hit through six innings against the San Diego Padres.

The rookie left-hander has struck out six, walked two and faced one batter more than the minimum Sunday. New York leads 2-0 on home runs by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker off Clayton Richard.

Matz, who was 1-7 in his previous 13 starts, has thrown 86 pitches on a 96-degree day at Citi Field after tossing a career-high 120 on Tuesday night in a no-decision against Arizona.

The closest the Padres had come to a hit was Yangervis Solarte's line drive right back to Matz with two outs in the fourth. Matz put up his glove and almost casually caught the ball before Solarte slammed down his bat in frustration.

The only Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Johan Santana in June 2012 against St. Louis.

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