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Luis Severino shines for Mets in big test vs. Royals

Luis Severino faced a tall task on Friday as the Royals entered Citi Field on the back of a seven-game winning streak with 24 points scored in their last two games.

But the Mets right-handed had a simple strategy: just attack.

“This is a very good team that has performed well over the last seven games,” Severino said. “I’m not just trying to take anyone out. Get some quick outs and ground balls.”

That mentality paid off for Severino, who allowed just one hit – a solo home run Salvador Perez in the second inning – over five innings, while striking out four.

At one point, Severino retired eight batters in a row, but ran into trouble in the fifth when he walked two and the Royals’ young phenom Bobby Witt Jr. came up with two outs on the board.

Severino got ahead in the count and, on a 2-2 pitch, threw a sweeper out of the zone that Witt tried to control his swing but couldn’t, ending the threat.

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“He’s a great young hitter,” Severino said. “Just get ahead of the count and throw a good pitch to finish.”

It was the last batter Severino would face, although he thinks he could have thrown another inning. Still, through three starts, Severino now has a 3.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched, including back-to-back starts where he has allowed three or fewer hits.

“I feel like I’m getting close,” Severino said. “The only bad pitch today was to Salvador. It wasn’t a bad pitch, but he’s a good hitter. Just try to limit the walks, everything else I feel very good.

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