In a game billed as a potential Cy vs. Cy matchup, Jacob deGrom came out with guns ablazing, striking out six of the first seven batters he faced. However, deGrom hit a hiccup in the bottom of the third, allowing a pair of singles followed by a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate the first run of the game.
It felt like time to exhale, but with two outs Brock Holt deposited a hanging slider into the Red Sox bullpen to put deGrom and the Mets in a 3-0 hole after three innings.
As planned, Chris Sale—returning from injury—exited after three efficient innings. Still, given the run support deGrom has received this season, one could be forgiven for mentally putting deGrom’s record at 8-10.
deGrom unsurprisingly righted the ship, going seven innings and striking out 12 while allowing no more runs. The Mets surprisingly pushed across two in the sixth, then tied it on an Amed Rosario RBI single up the middle to tie it in the seventh to get deGrom off the hook.
However, the Mets couldn’t push across another run to give deGrom the lead, and Seth Lugo surrendered a leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth to Tzu-Wei Lin, who came around to score on an Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly for the deciding run.
In the Mets’ defeat, deGrom threw his 27th straight start allowing three runs or fewer and tied an MLB record with his 22nd consecutive quality start, though he did see his league-leading ERA creep up to 1.78.
Full recap to follow.
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