CLEVELAND — Steven Matz made his first regular-season loss seem like a distant memory.
Matz struck out a career-high nine and allowed three hits over seven innings, bouncing back from a terrible opening start and leading the New York Mets over the Cleveland Indians 6-0 Sunday.
"He showed what he can do when he commands his pitches," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He was outstanding."
Given a six-run, second-inning lead, Matz (1-1) retired the side in order three times and allowed two runners in the same inning once. He threw 94 pitches and walked two.
In his opening start, the 24-year-old lefthander allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings...