WASHINGTON — Steven Matz pitched through the eighth inning for the first time in his big league career, and the most satisfying pitch was his final one, a sinker to Bryce Harper.
With Harper walking to the plate as the potential tying run for the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins stayed with Matz.
The rookie got Harper to ground out, and New York held on for a 2-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday to take two of three in the series.
"You don't want to come out in that situation," said Matz, who won his seventh straight start. "And for your manager to have faith in you and leave you out and face the greatest hitter in the game right now is...