After two tight and frustrating losses to open their series in San Diego, the Mets looked to bounce back Saturday night behind Jacob deGrom against the Padres.
The anticipated pitchers’ duel between deGrom and the Padres’ Joe Musgrove was on early. deGrom allowed only a broken bat double to Fernando Tatis Jr. over the first three. Meanwhile, Musgrove pitched around a leadoff double by Billy McKinney in the first inning and a two out double by Travis Blankenhorn in the second, but otherwise looked strong, striking out eight Mets through the first four innings.
With the game scoreless, the Padres got their one golden opportunity against deGrom in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Jake Cronenworth singled to right. Tatis followed with a grounder to short, where Francisco Lindor—rushing to try to turn an unlikely double play—bobbled the ball to leave everyone safe. Eric Hosmer then blooped a single in front of Dom Smith—Cronenworth probably should have scored on the play, but misread the ball and had to stop at third. deGrom responded by striking out Wil Myers and Tucupita Marcano to leave the bases loaded.
The Mets responded immediately in the next frame, with Jose Peraza and Francisco Lindor each launching a home run off of a Musgrove hanging slider to stake the Mets to a 2-0 lead. deGrom would allow only a walk to Tatis over his final three innings, while the Mets would add a third run by stringing together three singles in the top of the sixth, capped by a pinch hit RBI single by Jonathan Villar.
Seth Lugo worked around a leadoff single in the eighth, and the Mets tacked on a run in the top of the ninth against former Met farmhand Nabil Crismatt to provide an extra cushion for Edwin Diaz in the ninth.
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