DeGrom homers, dominates on mound as Mets stop Nationals 5-1

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in New York.

Athletics 7, Yankees 6: Matt Chapman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning for his first career big league as Oakland handed NY its season-high fourth straight loss in Oakland, California.

The Nationals had clear control of both games from start to finish.

NOTES: Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes had at least four hits in a game for the fifth time in his six-year career. The banged-up Mets (30-37) expected to challenge rival Washington at the top of the division, but injuries and poor pitching have taken their toll in a race that no longer looks competitive. The Royals' winning streak now has them in a third-place tie with Detroit in the AL Central and just three games out of first.

"We've got 90 left".

When manager Terry Collins was asked, why the Mets have had so much trouble with Washington, Collins responded rapidly saying "Yeah, they're good". "You can't tuck your tail between your legs and run and hide".

"I think I got lucky", he said. Joe Ross will start the series finale and is 3-2 with a 6.39 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season.

Working exclusively out of the stretch, as he has since spring training, Strasburg (8-2) rebounded from his worst start of the season.

Harper's 17th home run left the bat at 116.3 miles per hour, his hardest-hit ball since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The right-hander also issued three walks while punching out two.

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If these back-to-back series against the Nationals and Dodgers will prove to be indicators of where the Mets stand in the National League, the early evidence shows there is quite a lot of space between them and the top-tier teams. "But you're going to have games like this".

"You've got to focus every pitch and a couple pitches got me today", Lugo said.

Kevin Gausman was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings as Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games. Unless it loosened up, manager Dusty Baker did not expect Kelley to be available out of the bullpen. "Enny, he threw lights out". Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit run-scoring singles against Fernando Salas in a three-run eighth, giving Harper 51 RBIs and Zimmerman 52, and Rendon was walked with the bases loaded by Neil Ramirez. Washington hit three homers for the second straight game and turned four double plays — one day after spinning three behind ace Max Scherzer.

"It's a huge win for us", Collins said. Altuve had an RBI double, and Brian McCann and Beltran followed with sacrifice flies. With two on, Romero struck out Rene Rivera to end the inning — Rivera fanned all four times up.

Fernando Salas allowed three runs in the ninth inning to turn the game into a rout.

Washington won 12 consecutive road games against the Mets from 2013-14 and is 54-28 at Citi Field since the ballpark opened in 2009.

Brewers 6, Padres 5 • Eric Thames led off the home half of the 10th with a homer as Milwaukee rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to beat San Diego.

DeGrom wasn't ideal on Sunday, but he beamed that it was "awesome" for him to pitch so well with his father Tony in attendance, as well as the pitcher's one-year-old son, Jaxon, who had endured scary breathing issues as a newborn in 2016. He improved to 7-1 in nine career starts at Citi Field.

Three of the eight hits Matz allowed left the park with Matt Wieters and Michael A. Taylor homering back-to-back in the third inning, and Anthony Rendon adding a two-run homer in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training. Ross had been sidelined with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome after making his previous start in the Rangers' opener a year ago. I felt good those starts, I just gave up a bunch of runs.

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