Brandon Nimmo's pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Mets to their first win over the Dodgers in 13 games, 4-2, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jay Bruce led off the ninth with a double and took third on a sacrifice by Kevin Plawecki. Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch and Nimmo followed with his 16th home run of the season off Kenta Maeda for the Mets' sixth pinch-hit homer and first since Nimmo on July 11 against the Phillies.
2) DeGrom was pushed hard but limited the Dodgers to a first-inning solo homer by Justin Turner over six innings. It was the 62nd time in 135 regular-season starts the right-hander has surrendered one or fewer runs. DeGrom allowed two hits and a walk with six strikeouts and was poised to work further, but he needed 35 pitches to get through the sixth. His ERA remained at a Major League-best 1.68.
3) DeGrom set a modern-day Major League record by allowing three or fewer runs for a 25th consecutive start within the same season. That broke the previous mark of 24 set by Dwight Gooden in 1985. His 20th straight quality established a new club record previously held by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (1973). The right-hander became the first Met to have back-to-back seasons of 230 or more strikeouts since David Cone in 1990-1991.
4) In addition to his performance on the mound, deGrom singled twice and drove in a run for the second straight start and for the fourth time in his last six outings. Amed Rosario singled three times and is batting .414 (12-for-29) on New York's road trip.
5) Seth Lugo allowed a leadoff double in the sixth but worked out of a first-and-third, one-out situation by getting Yasiel Puig to hit into an inning-ending double play. Drew Smith escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth and was credited with his first Major League win. Robert Gsellman allowed a run in the ninth but got Matt Kemp to ground into a game-ending double play to earn his 10th save.
News and notes...
The Mets had dropped 12 consecutive games to the Dodgers dating to May 27, 2016 -- David Wright's last Major League appearance. New York improved to 18-12 in its last 30 games and 4-3 on their current road trip.
DeGrom's streak of striking out nine or more batters ended at six, the third-longest streak in Mets history and the longest since Cone went eight straight in 1992. The 30-year-old has a 1.49 ERA in his last 12 starts dating to July 11 and surrendered one run or fewer for the 16th time in 27 outings this year. He is 4-1 with 11 no-decisions during those starts. It was the ninth time deGrom allowed one earned run or less while pitching six innings or more in 2018, which is a Major League record for a single season.
The Dodgers are the only National League team deGrom has not beaten. He is 0-4 with a 3.20 ERA in eight regular-season starts, although he did defeat Los Angeles twice in the 2015 NLDS.
New York's starting pitchers have allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of its last eight games while posting a 1.60 ERA in that stretch. Mets pitching fanned eight batters Monday, snapping their streak of double-digit strikeout performances at a club-record eight.
Rosario is batting .333 (31-for-99) with seven extra-base hits, 17 runs scored and 14 RBIs in his last 22 games, including 10 multi-hit efforts and four on the road trip.
Devin Mesoraco left with neck and back stiffness after singling to left in the fifth.
The Mets added Dominic Smith, Jack Reinheimer and Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Las Vegas and activated Plawecki from the paternity list.
The Mets (62-75) go for the series win over the Dodgers (75-63) on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium at 10 p.m. on SNY.
Jason Vargas (5-8, 6.56 ERA/5.25 FIP, 61 K's, 1.571 WHIP) gets the nod looking to win his fourth consecutive start after limiting the Cubs to one run in 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday. The southpaw has a 1.99 ERA in his previous four starts and has surrendered one run over his last 11 1/3 frames. Vargas is 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers, who he has not faced since 2013.
Rich Hill (6-5, 3.59 ERA/4.14 FIP, 113 K's, 1.218 WHIP) brings a 2.47 ERA in eight second-half starts into his outing Tuesday. The 38-year-old allowed three runs in five innings of a loss to the Diamondbacks last Thursday, his first defeat since July 10. Hill surrendered four runs in five innings in a meeting with the Mets on June 24. He is 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in seven career appearances, including five starts, against New York.