The Mets rallied from an early deficit to help Jacob deGrom but the Red Sox scored a run in the eighth to win the rubber game, 4-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Seth Lugo allowed a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Andrew Benentendi in the eighth inning. Tzu-Wei Lin led off the inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run two batters later. Lugo (3-4) surrendered a run for only the second time in his last eight appearances.
2) DeGrom struck out 12 and allowed three runs, five hits and a walk over seven innings to bring his ERA up to 1.78. It was the 27th consecutive start he's allowed three runs or less. He turned in his 22nd straight quality start which tied the Cardinals' Bob Gibson (1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) for the longest single-season streak in baseball history. DeGrom fanned six of the first seven batters in the game but allowed three runs -- including a two-run homer by Brock Holt -- and three of the five hits in the third inning. It was just the second inning this season where he allowed more than two runs.
3) Amed Rosario doubled and tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the seventh for his sixth multi-hit effort this month and his third in the last four games. Michael Conforto had two hits, including a run-scoring double. Wilmer Flores plated the Mets' first run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
News and notes...
The Mets lost their first series since dropping two of three to the Cubs from Aug. 27-29. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak in rubber games and left them 8-12 in Interleague play this season.
The last time two starters with sub-2.00 ERAs and at least 100 innings pitched faced each other was Sept. 11, 1985 when Dwight Gooden (1.74) faced the Cardinals' John Tudor (1.95). Chris Sale entered Sunday's outing with a 1.96 ERA while deGrom carried a 1.71 mark.
DeGrom became the third Met and the first since Gooden in 1985 to whiff 250 or more batters in a season with his 10th double-digit strikeout performance of the season which left him with a career-high 251 in 30 starts. Tom Seaver (1970, 1971, 1973) and Gooden (1984, 1985) are the others. Seaver holds the franchise record with 289 punchouts in 1971. DeGrom has struck out 31.9 percent of the batters he's faced this season, which would be the highest rate in club history. The 30-year-old has fanned 11.18 batters per nine innings, which is the second-best mark in club history behind Gooden's 11.39 in 1984.
Conforto's double produced his career-high 69th RBI. He drove in 68 runs last season in 109 games. His 39 RBIs since the All-Star break are the second-highest total in the National League behind the Brewers' Christian Yelich (46).
Rosario is batting .300 (51-for-170) with 16 extra-base hits, 32 runs scored and 22 RBIs in 41 games since Aug. 1.
The Mets (69-80) continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Phillies (76-72) beginning Monday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.23 ERA/3.19 FIP, 175 K's, 1.135 WHIP) goes for his 10th win in 11 starts after tossing eight shutout innings against the Marlins last Wednesday. The 27-year-old has a 1.25 ERA while completing seven innings or more in a career-high five consecutive starts. Wheeler surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies on July 9 during a no-decision. He is 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine career meetings with Philadelphia.
Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.66 ERA/4.22 FIP, 127 K's, 1.240 WHIP) takes the mound with one win and a 5.85 ERA in his last six starts during which he's surrendered four runs or more four times. The right-hander yielded three runs in five innings of a no-decision against the Nationals last Tuesday. Arrieta has allowed one run over 13 1/3 frames spanning two starts against the Mets this season. He is 2-3 with a 1.94 ERA in nine career regular-season matchups with New York.