Mets' RHP Jacob deGrom won his first game since May 18 by striking out seven batters in eight strong innings in Monday's 12-2 win against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
DeGrom (5-2) allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits as he threw at least seven innings for the seventh consecutive start.
In deGrom's five-start winless streak, he recorded a 1.25 ERA and had 44 strikeouts in 36 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) in that span. However, the Mets scored more than one run just once in those starts.
New York got out to a 2-0 lead on a Brandon Nimmo inside-the-park homer and a Jose Bautista RBI groundout. Wilmer Flores' solo homer in the fourth inning made it 3-1 and Nimmo hit his second of the game to make it 4-1. The Mets added two in the eighth and six in the ninth.
Those runs proved to be more than enough support for deGrom in the end. In fact, they scored more runs on Monday night than they had in deGrom's eight previous starts combined.
DeGrom allowed an RBI double to Gerardo Parra in the second inning but got Ian Desmond to ground out and struck out Tom Murphy to escape further trouble. After giving up a one-out double to D.J. LeMahieu in the third inning, deGrom retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced, as he retired six of seven Rockies batters when runners were in scoring position.
DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.51 ERA this season and has been nothing short of dominant. Over his last 11 starts since April 21, deGrom has a 0.90 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.
In that same time span, the starting pitcher with the next-best ERA is the Astros' Justin Verlander, whose 1.86 ERA is nearly a full run higher than deGrom's.