DeGrom hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He also singled in the second inning and reached on an error in the fifth inning.
DeGrom hadn't pitched since Sept. 15, when he allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings. Manager Terry Collins skipped deGrom's previous start to give him added rest.
"I thought skipping him was the right thing to do, and I think today showed it worked out on our behalf," Collins said. "As much as you want to run your best pitchers out there on a consistent basis in September, I just thought he needed a break. ... I think the rest helped him."
DeGrom had a 6.41 ERA in his five previous starts, but rebounded on Sunday. He struck out nine batters, allowed just five hits and retired 14 consecutive batters between the first and fifth innings.
"Jake certainly showed that he feels good and he pitched a good game," Collins said. "When he's on the mound, you're always going to be in the game."
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
The most important thing to me is that deGrom was strong at the start of the game. In his last few games, he struggled with his command almost immediately. This was not the case Sunday, as he used his changeup a bit more than usual. It helped him get late swings against a softer fastball with more variety in speed, plus he used the changeup as an out pitch. But, that's the point: whether it was the physical rest or getting time to evaluate his game strategy, or both, the the time off clearly served as a positive for him.