Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jacob deGrom became the first Met -- since he did so on April 28 -- to complete seven innings, allowing four hits, three walks (one intentional) while striking out nine. He appeared to develop a blister in the seventh and proceeded to load the bases with nobody out, but he retired the next three batters, with the help of a juggling catch by Jose Reyes.
2) Michael Conforto had two hits, including his team-leading 11th homer, and Rene Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Curtis Granderson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.
3) Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed fired a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
Despite not scoring very much, the Mets did something they had yet to do so far this season, and that was win while scoring three runs or fewer. They also recorded their first shutout since Opening Day while doing some little things well, including a big base running play from Neil Walker in the sixth inning to help manufacture a run. They also got some good bullpen work, really piecing together a nice and much-needed win.
The big story tonight was unquestionably deGrom and a gritty finish to get out of a blister-induced mess in the seventh. It may not have been his best start statistically this season, but he was great and given the state of the pitching staff, he gave the Mets exactly what they needed with a long and mostly commanding performance. He battled some of his command problems in the first, but he got into the zone in the second inning and never looked back. His fastball was electric and he re-discovered the command of his slider, which helped limit the walks and get him this much-needed long outing.
Overall, this was a very refreshing game for the Mets. Obviously, it ended a miserable losing streak, but perhaps it will serve as a stepping stone for them as they look to resurrect their season. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a seven-losing streak and won for the first time when scoring three runs or less (1-12).
New York went 12-8 against the American League last season and are a National League-best 179-164 (.522) in Interleague play since it began in 1997. The Mets improved to 8-8 against the Angels in the clubs' first meeting since 2014.
Rene Rivera's 11-game hitting streak is the longest by a Mets catcher since Ramon Castro had an 11-game hitting streak from June 16-July 28, 2007.
Three of Conforto's five hits against left-handers this season have been home runs. He is a homer shy of matching his career-high of 12 set last year in 185 fewer at-bats.
DeGrom (3-1) has 67 strikeouts in his last 43.2 innings and a National League-leading 76 this season. He allowed less than three runs for the first time since April 15.
Lucas Duda is 3-for-20 (.150) in seven games since returning from the disabled list. Jay Bruce is hitting .140 (6-for-43) with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 games. Granderson is batting .280 (7-for-25) with a home run and four RBIs in his last seven games.
Terry Collins managed his 1,012th game with the Mets, tying him with Davey Johnson for the most in franchise history.
What they said after the game...
Collins on the win and leaving deGrom in: "We needed to win tonight, we needed a win bad. I just kind of liked the matchups. I didn't think he was tired ... He did a great job. He reached back when he needed to and made the big pitches."
DeGrom on getting out of the seventh: "Jose made a nice catch for me. I was able to get a strikeout and then Maybin came up, I just wanted to make a good slider, down and away and make a good pitch. I was fortunate enough he flew out to Jay [Bruce]."
With a win under their belts, the Mets (17-23) continue their series with the Angels (22-22) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX.
Zack Wheeler (2-2, 3.76 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) takes the mound after allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision against Arizona on Tuesday. It was the third straight outing and the fourth time in five starts that Wheeler has allowed one earned run. He's 1-1 in that span despite a 2.51 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. The right-hander has never faced the Angels in his career.
Alex Meyer (2-1, 5.59 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) starts for the Angels after surrendering one run while fanning seven over a season-high 6 1/3 innings in a win over Detroit last Sunday. The 23rd overall pick in 2011 has a 6.27 ERA in 13 career appearances (10 starts). Meyer has never faced the Mets.