- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Steven Matz waited more than a week to make his season debut and didn’t even last two innings.

Giancarlo Stanton homered to cap a seven-run second against the touted rookie, and the Miami Marlins handed Matz his first regular-season loss with a 10-3 victory over the scuffling New York Mets on Monday night.

“I felt good out of the gates. The second inning got away from me really quick,” Matz said. “I’ve been pitching since I was 8 years old, so (the layoff) is no excuse.”

Miami became the first team to render Matz (0-1) ineffective on a major league mound.

Pitching with nine days’ rest since his final spring tuneup, Matz only got five outs. He walked his first two batters in the second, and Adeiny Hechavarria grounded a two-run single that caromed off third base.



Dee Gordon drove in a run with an infield single, but Matz had a chance to limit the damage when he got two strikes on Christian Yelich with two outs. Yelich, however, stayed back on a breaking ball and hit a two-run single to center.

“In the second inning, he just lost a feel for every pitch. He didn’t make, really, any pitches that he needed to make,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We know he’s better - a lot better - than that.”

Stanton then sent an 84 mph changeup to left-center on Matz’s 40th and final pitch of the inning.

“I think that’s partially my fault,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “I think his last sequence before, we went hard-hard-soft and then we did it again and he was ready for it.”

It was by far the worst big league outing for Matz, the Long Island lefty who grew up a Mets fan about 50 miles from Citi Field.

He went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six regular-season starts last year and then pitched pretty well in the postseason, losing only to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series. He did not permit more than three runs in a big league game - including the postseason.

No Mets pitcher has won his first five regular-season decisions.

“It wasn’t very good,” Matz said. “I will work as hard as I can to get back on track next outing.”

New York (2-4) has dropped three in a row, all at home to division opponents.

Marcell Ozuna homered and doubled to break out of an early slump, and Hechavarria had three RBIs from the No. 8 spot in Miami’s lineup. By the sixth inning, every Marlins starting position player had a hit and scored a run in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 45 minutes, before a sparse crowd at Citi Field.

Handed an 8-0 lead in the third, Jarred Cosart was pulled from his season debut one out short of qualifying for a win. Chris Narveson (1-0) struck out Lucas Duda with two on in a five-run game and worked a scoreless sixth for the win.

THORN IN THEIR SIDE

Gordon is batting .450 (36 for 80) during an 18-game hitting streak against the Mets, his longest vs. any opponent.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom headed home to Florida to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, but Collins said the team might not put deGrom on the paternity list. New York had already announced deGrom will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against Miami because of a sore lat muscle on his right side. He will be replaced by RHP Logan Verrett.

STRANGE SIGHT

Matz’s outing was the shortest by a Mets starter who didn’t get injured since Collin McHugh gave up seven runs over 1 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 2012.

IT STARTS AT THE TOP

Leadoff man Curtis Granderson is 1 for 24 with four walks. “Right now, it seems like when he swings, the ball is hit at somebody, and I have to give some credit to the pitchers. As good as he is working the counts, he’s just not getting ahead in the counts, so he’s having a tough start,” Collins said.

ENEMY TERRITORY

With the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins set to meet in the NHL playoffs this week for the third straight season, Mets 2B Neil Walker - a Pittsburgh native acquired from the Pirates last December - has a Penguins toiletry bag hanging in his locker. “I hope there’s no hate mail to come after this,” Walker said. “I’ve already caught some heat in the early going here.”

HARDWARE

Before the game, Yoenis Cespedes received his 2015 AL Gold Glove award. He won it for his play in left field with Detroit before the slugger was traded to the Mets on July 31.

UP NEXT

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez faces Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday night in a game matching two of baseball’s most electric young arms. Both right-handers are 23, born less than a month apart.

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