SAN FRANCISCO — Steven Matz has developed a sense for when his pitching mechanics are in order.
“When I’m going good, I can get in a good rhythm and just kind of keep going,” he said.
Matz was feeling it on Saturday, striking out a career-high 11 batters, and the Mets went on to beat the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, in 11 innings.
“That was something that,” catcher Tomas Nito, “and I were really on top of,” Matz said. “We just had a good rhythm going.”
Wilmer Flores doubled to left off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (3-4) to lead off the 11th. He went to third when Jay Bruce grounded out to second against the shift, and scored on Todd Frazier’s fly ball to left.
Jerry Blevins (2-2) pitched a scoreless 10th for the Mets, and closer Robert Gsellman worked the 11th for his ninth save.
Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch in right field, robbing Austin Slater of a hit to end the game.
The Mets have won six of their last seven games at AT&T Park.
Slater was 2 for 5 and Evan Longoria homered for the Giants. Longoria hit his 15th home run leading off the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 sinker that Matz left over the heart of the plate. Nido was 2 for 4 with a run-scoring double off Giants starter Derek Holland in the fifth.
Holland gave up one run in six innings of three-hit ball in which he walked three. Matz gave up one run in seven innings of three-hit ball.
“It was definitely the best I’ve seen,” Matz this season, Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said.
After Longoria’s home run, the Mets held the Giants to one hit over the next eight innings. San Francisco did not advance a runner into scoring position over that stretch until Hunter Pence reached on a one-out walk off Blevins in the 10th and stole second with Joe Panik up with two outs. Blevins got Panik to fly out to left.
“We couldn’t mount anything offensively,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.
“We needed somebody to come through. It’s tough to get this kind of pitching and we couldn’t find a way to scratch out another run for them.”
Mets starting pitchers over their last 13 games have combined for a 1.67 earned run average over 91 and two-thirds innings.
“I try to build off those guys,” Matz said. “You see” Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom “and what they’ve done recently, we kind of all build off each other, I think, so I think it does help when you see those guys go out there and dominate like they do.”