The New York Mets (16-8) defeated the San Diego Padres (9-18) 5-1 on Friday night at Petco Park behind seven scoreless innings from Jacob DeGrom.
Jacob deGrom needed just 10 pitches to retire the Padres in order in the first. He allowed a leadoff single to Franchy Cordero, but was helped out by a caught stealing, as he threw just eight pitches in the second.
DeGrom issued a one-out walk in the third, but was able to get Wil Myers to strike out swinging, stranding the runner at second. He issued a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer in the fourth, but rolled a 5-4-3 double play and struck out Cordero to get out of the inning.
In the sixth, deGrom was helped out by his defense as Conforto made a sliding catch in right and Frazier made a nice play on a pop up to strand another baserunner. He worked around a two out single in the seventh, tossing another scoreless inning.
He then struck out Matt Szczur to lead off the eighth inning, but was pulled with 110 pitches after allowing a one-out hit to Myers. DeGrom’s final line was: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K.
Jerry Blevins came in and got one long out, as he was able to Hosmer to fly out on a leaping grab by Conforto just in front of the right-field fence. AJ Ramos then relieved Blevins and needed only two pitches to get Charlie Villanueva to fly out and end the inning.
In his second bullpen appearance, Matt Harvey allowed a solo home run to dead center field to the first batter he faced. He walked the next batter, but was able to end the ballgame thanks to a fly out and a 4-6-3 double play.
The Mets threatened against Clayton Richard in the third. Amed Rosario singled up the middle with one out, then Yoenis Cespedes drew a two-out walk. However, Frazier struck out looking on a questionable call to strand the runners.
The Mets added some insurance runs in the seventh. Juan Lagares and Jose Lobaton led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After deGrom sacrificed Lobaton over, Amed Rosario grounded out with two in scoring position and one out.
The Mets added another run in the eighth. After Lagares reached base for the third time on a hit by a pitch, Lobaton doubled off the right-field fence to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
It will be a battle of the southpaws in game two of this three-game set, as Jason Vargas will make his 2018 debut against rookie Joey Lucchesi. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. at Petco Park, the game can be seen on WPIX and listened to on 710 WOR.