Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over six innings and lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.77 as the Mets took the rubber game of the series from the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) DeGrom (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up his first victory since June 18. The 30-year-old allowed four hits and a walk while recording his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 27th of his career. DeGrom's 183 strikeouts are second in the National League behind Washington's Max Scherzer (216). Wednesday marked the first time in five starts he failed to pitch seven innings.
2) Brandon Nimmo matched a club record with three doubles and collected three RBIs and scored three times during his second consecutive multi-hit effort. Austin Jackson doubled twice and singled to plate three runs. The Mets scored twice in the fourth, twice the fifth and three more times in the eighth. Amed Rosario hit a sacrifice fly and deGrom had a bases-loaded walk for his second RBI in three starts. Michael Conforto doubled, walked twice and scored three runs for New York, which drew a season-high 11 walks.
3) Seth Lugo, Jerry Blevins and Robert Gsellman combined for three scoreless innings to complete the Mets' eighth shutout of the year.
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Although not as crisp early on -- he threw 60 pitches in the first three innings -- Jacob deGrom continued his generational season with another scoreless effort. It continues a remarkable run that could culminate in one of the top-3 seasons by a Mets starter in the club's pitching-rich history.
This season, deGrom has:
- Held opponents to three runs or fewer in 20 consecutive starts, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Dwight Gooden (24 in 1985).
- Has surrendered three earned runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings in 15 consecutive starts. That is the fourth-longest stretch in club history behind Tom Seaver (19 in 1973), Gooden (17 in 1985) and Jerry Koosman and Seaver (16 in 1969).
- Allowed one run or fewer in 12 of his 23 starts, including no runs seven times.
That the Mets scored five runs while deGrom was in the game Wednesday and eight overall is little solace in the grand scheme of things. To put the Mets' struggles with deGrom into context, the offense had scored two runs in his last four starts ... and the ace had driven in one of them. Wednesday was the first time New York has tallied three runs or more in a start in which deGrom was still on the mound since June 18 -- his last win. It marked the third instance since the beginning of May -- a span of 17 starts, which explains his 3-7 record in that period.
Today, in a departure from the norm, deGrom got what he deserved. Sadly, the undeserving moments will probably keep him from what he so richly deserves in an otherwise miserable Mets season.
News and notes...
The Mets earned their third series win since the beginning of May. They are 21-6 in their last 27 games against the Reds since Sept. 2014.
New York's 11 walks was its most drawn in a nine-inning game since 2008.
DeGrom's 1.94 career ERA during day games is the lowest among all Major League starters (min. 200 innings) since 1913. The 30-year-old lowered his ERA this season at Citi Field to 1.60.
Jackson is 14-for-32 (.438) with two homers, eight RBIs and five multi-hit games in 11 games since joining the Mets on July 27.
Jose Bautista became the 10th active player to score 1,000 career runs when he crossed home on deGrom's bases-loaded walk in the fourth.
Rosario's 11th stolen base of the season in the third was his 10th successful steal in his last 12 attempts.
The Mets (47-65) are off Thursday before beginning a three-game set with the Marlins (47-68) Friday at Marlins Park at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (6-6, 3.89 ERA/3.52 FIP, 125 K, 1.249 WHIP) opens the series in Miami looking for his fifth consecutive win. The right-hander matched his season-high with nine strikeouts over seven scoreless innings to pick up the victory against the Braves on Saturday at Citi Field. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in his last seven starts. He surrendered three runs in six innings during a loss to the Marlins on May 22. The 28-year-old has a 1.38 ERA in two matchups with Miami this season.
Jose Ureña (3-11, 4.66 ERA/4.21 FIP, 101 Ks, 1.261 WHIP) gets the start after surrendering six runs in five innings against the Phillies Saturday. It marked the third time in four starts the right-hander allowed five runs or more. Ureña was charged with three runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss to the Mets on April 9. He is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 11 career matchups, including seven starts, against New York.