Jacob deGrom Dominates Again With 10 K’s As New York Mets For Philadelphia Phillies

NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom struckout 10 batters in six dominant innings and Edwin Diaz earned his 200th career save, helping the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Saturday night.

DeGrom (2-0, 1.62 ERA) gave up two hits and did not walk in his third start after being on the injured list for the first part of the season. He has had six hits this year, striking out 28 and walking one in 16⅔ innings.

“You don’t really know what to expect when you come back, but the last time I went out I was able to look at a few things that I felt I was coming off mechanically and trying to make those adjustments as I went through a pretty It was a slow process. to come back,” said deGrom. “That seems to be paying off a bit.”

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner opened the game by striking out Bryson Stott while watching a 101.1 mph fastball, then gave up a soft single to Rhys Hoskins. After Alec Bohm struck into a force play, deGrom fanned JT Realmuto with three straight sliders.

DeGrom struckout 28 out of 56 batters he faced this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, that 50% strikeout rate is the highest by a pitcher in his first three starts of a season since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893. DeGrom held the previous record, striking out 48.6% of its batters to start last season.

“He’s doing a great job,” Diaz said. “He can do anything he wants with the hitters.”

With the win, deGrom improved to 9-1 in 20 career starts against the Phillies.

Pete Alonso hit an early RBI-single when the NL East leaders improved to 31-9 after a loss and 10-4 in the series with Philadelphia. Alonso leads the NL with 97 RBI’s.

Diaz walked twice in the ninth and Philadelphia had runners on second and third base when Nick Castellanos struckout for the last out. It was Diaz’s 27th save of the season.

The All-Star closer became the sixth active pitcher to make 200 saves.

“It’s great,” said deGrom. “He’s done a great job and you always feel comfortable when he’s in the game.”

The Mets recorded their MLB-best 15th shutout. It was their first 1-0 win over Philadelphia since RA Dickey threw a one-hitter at Citi Field exactly 12 years ago.

“The star of the show was our pitching staff,” said Alonso.

Philadelphia lost a great outing by Aaron Nola (8-9), who gave up four hits in eight innings. The righthander struckout eight batters and walked one, but this year he dropped to 0-3 in four starts against New York.

The Phillies ended with three hits.

New York jumped out front in the first. Starling Marte singled, stole second base and moved to third base on a throwing error by Realmuto before scoring on Alonso’s soft single to the right.

After Alonso’s hit, Luis Guillorme and Jeff McNeill had consecutive one-out singles in the second. Nola retired 17 in a row before McNeil led off the eighth with a walk.

“Faced with the Grom, you know it’s going to be low [scoring],” said Nola. “So it’s going to be a fight all night. And it was.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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