Seth Lugo may not have completely quieted criticisms of his ability to pitch deep into games, but he took a notable step forward Friday in the Mets’ 5-1 win over the Reds at Citi Field.
Needing just 84 pitches to complete six innings, Lugo blanked the Reds in his third start back from the disabled list, allowing just four hits and a walk. Though he did not stick around long enough to face the entire Reds lineup a third time, he retired four of the five batters he saw that often. That had been Lugo’s bugaboo in previous starts.
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