The day after the Mets tagged Max Scherzer for three runs, Jacob deGrom had a chance to make a statement. And he made a statement. He went seven innings, giving up just one run on three hits and striking out eight Nationals in the process.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the first. Amed Rosario doubled to lead off the game. Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto made two quick outs after that, but Jay Bruce—who went on to have a big night at the plate—reached out and poked a single to left, scoring Rosario to put the Mets on the board.
deGrom answered by making quick work in the Nationals in the bottom of the first, but faltered a bit in the second. He lost command of the strike zone temporarily, walking Rendon to lead off the inning and working a three ball count to Juan Soto before he singled to advance Rendon to third. Ryan Zimmerman plated the tying run with a sacrifice fly. deGrom benefitted from a nice pickoff of Wilmer Difo to get himself out of the jam.
Unlike so many other deGrom starts in the past, the Mets struck back. They broke through for three runs in the top of the third inning off Joe Ross to go ahead 4-1. Bruce, Dominic Smith, and Devin Mesoraco all drove in runs in the inning. It had the potential to be an even bigger inning, but Todd Frazier was narrowly thrown out at the plate on Mesoraco’s RBI double to end the inning.
After having to work hard early, deGrom settled into a nice groove after the second inning, giving up just one more hit before leaving the game for a pinch hitter at 98 pitches after seven. It was the usual brilliance from deGrom and this time the Mets were able to give him the win to get him back to .500 on the season. Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless eighth, benefitting from a baserunning blunder on the part of the Nationals that resulted in an inning-ending double play. Gsellman worked an adventurous ninth, but was still able to earn the save, limiting the damage to just one run.
Full recap to follow.
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