First career RBI a highlight in Mejia's start

First career RBI a highlight in Mejia's start

MILWAUKEE -- Not everything about Jenrry Mejia's first Major League start since 2010 was bad. In fact, some parts were fairly impressive.

That's just the kind of perspective Kelly Shoppach hopes Mejia will have on it.

The highlight for the 22-year-old right-hander, who allowed five runs on six hits and five walks over three-plus innings in a 9-6 Mets loss, was a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt -- his second sacrifice of the game -- in the top of the fourth. It was the first of three straight scoring plays, and Mejia's first career RBI gave the Mets a 2-1 lead at the time.

"I would love for guys to take it that way," Shoppach said. "Take it as 'Hey, I just knocked in a run right there' and cherish that moment. Because he won't ever knock in his first run again."

Mejia gave a big smile when asked about the bunt Saturday night.

"I feel very good [about it]," he said. "Just go out there and lightly bump it."

Shoppach acknowledged that it can be hard to look back and find positives in an outing like Mejia had Saturday. But he also was confident that Mejia would be more relaxed next time and that should lead to better results.

"We've all been there," Shoppach said. "It's OK, he's got good stuff. He's just got to calm down and get in the zone more."