New York-Jacob deGrom has been on fire for the New York Mets of late. deGrom entered tonight's tilt with the San Francisco Giants on a roll, having picked up victories in his last four starts. deGrom had to work hard for a win tonight as he and Jake Peavy locked horns in an epic pitcher's duel for the game's first six innings. The Mets (53-57) got first blood by plating four in the seventh inning, holding on to beat the Giants (59-51) 4-2.
The early innings flew by as both pitchers were on their game. deGrom carried a no hitter into the seventh inning, while Peavy retired the first 19 batters to face him. The Mets finally got a hit on batter number 20 as Daniel Murphy stroked a double over left fielder Michael Morse's head. David Wright followed by singling right in front of Morse, and Peavy didn't help his cause by hitting Lucas Duda to load the bases with one out. Travis d'Arnaud got the Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly, bringing home Murphy to make it 1-0. Juan Lagares followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0, and Wilmer Flores added some insurance with a two run double. That would be all the damage against Peavy (L, 0-2), who had a strong six innings derailed by a disastrous seventh.
The Giants finally got to deGrom (W, 6-5) in the eighth inning. deGrom allowed two hits to his first three batters of the frame before pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa brought both men home with an RBI single to cut the Mets' lead in half at 4-2. Mets' skipper Terry Collins removed deGrom and brought in Jeurys Familia, who got the final two men out to escape danger. Jenrry Mejia came on for the save chance in the ninth, and got himself into a little trouble by allowing the tying runs to reach base. Mejia, however, got Joe Panik to ground out to end the inning and secure his 16th save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. deGrom tossed 7.1 innings of two run ball, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out seven. deGrom has now won five straight starts and lowered his ERA to 2.77 in the process.
Post Game Notes:
- Mejia has converted eight consecutive save chances dating back to July 7th.
- Brandon Belt had a strong game for the Giants in his return from the disabled list, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
- The Mets won in spite of getting only four hits in the game.
The Mets and Giants will continue their series tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 1:10 pm.
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