Meanwhile Lucas Duda hit a pair of homers and drove in 4, the Mets claim a split of the 4 game series with a 5-0 win.
DeGrom went 8 innings allowing just 1 hit. He retired his last 23 batters he faced and struck out 11 in the win. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when John Mayberry’s RBI single scored Duda. Then in the 6th Duda connected for a solo homer, his 4th on the year and it was 2-0 Mets, in the 8th Duda greeted Randy Choate's first pitch with a 3 run homer, his 5th overall on the year and it was 5-0 Mets. Duda's mastery of lefties continues. Both his bombs were against lefties (Garcia and Choate). That was more than deGrom and the Mets needed. deGrom improves to 5-4 on the year and lowers his season ERA to 2.75. Jamie Garcia, just off the DL was surprisingly effective as he went 7 allowing 5 hits the 2 runs (earned) he walked 2 and struck out 5. He’s the hard luck loser falling to 0-1. Jeurrys Familia pitched the 9th in a non-save situation.
Hitting-wise the Mets had 9 hits on the day, Duda went 2 for 3 with the 2 dingers and 4 RBI, Michael Cuddyer added 3 hits on the day.
With the win the Mets improve to 17-6 at home and are 24-18 overall and climb to within a ½ game of the idle Nationals.
Friday Night the Mets are off to Pittsburgh to take on the Bucs. Noah Syndergaard (1-1 3.18) goes for the Amazins, Gerrit Cole (5-2 2.40) goes for the Pirates