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Jose Butto spins gem, Mets rally late to end series with 2-1 win over Royals

The Mets rallied late to defeat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Here are some takeaways…

Jose Butto took the mound for New York making his second start of the season and he was great again. The righty figured out his change early, striking out six and allowing just one hit in the first three innings. He issued a walk in the fourth inning, but quickly came back and got Salvador Perez on the next pitch into a double play.

Butto then continued cruising, picking up another punchout in a perfect fifth. He picked up two more strikeouts in the sixth, before that Bobby Witt Jr. hit a two out double, but Vinnie Pasquantino a line drive to end the inning. The 26-year-old turned in his best outing as a Met, allowing just three baserunners on two hits and a walk while striking out nine in six shutout innings.

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– However, as was the case in his first appearance, Butto was left without run support as the Mets’ offense was stymied by Kansas City’s impressive young starter Cole Ragans. The hard-throwing left-hander allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked one over six shutout innings.

– New York’s best chance against the left-hander came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when back-to-back hits from Starling Marte And Francisco Lindor place them in scoring position for the heart of the order. After Pete Alonso However, after a pop-out, Marte was gunned down at the plate on an absolutely perfect pitch MJ Melendez on a Tyrone Taylor fly to shallow left field.

Lindor had a strong home day and recorded only his second multi-hit game of the season, but he popped out with the bases loaded and missed another opportunity in the bottom of the seventh.

Adam Ottavino continued his strong pitching streak, posting his fourth straight scoreless outing Brooks Raley struck out a pair in a perfect eighth.

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– After holding both high-powered offenses scoreless for 7.2 innings, the Mets were finally able to break the ice, as Harrison Bader drove in a run with an infield single with the bases loaded and Brandon Nimmo added another the easy way with a walk.

Edwin Diaz came in and he allowed a solo homer to Pasquantino, but quickly settled down and put the finishing touches on the win and his first Citi Field save since returning from injury.

Brett Baty had a day off against the tough southpaw, but after Ragans was pulled, he came off the bench and reached base twice with a bloop single and a walk.

MVP of the game: Jose Button

Butto was absolutely spectacular for the Mets in just his 10th big league start, allowing just three runners to reach base while striking out nine in six shutout innings.

After a strong spring training, the young right-hander has taken a huge step forward for New York, recording two of their three quality starts this year.

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Upcoming schedule

The Mets open a three-game set with the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m.

Adriaan Huiser takes the ball against experienced left-hander Martin Perezwhich was spectacular in its first two appearances.

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