The New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since May 27, 2016, with a 4-2 victory in the opener of a three-game in So-Cal.
Jacob deGrom set an MLB record with his 25th consecutive start allowing less than three earned runs, a record set in 1913 and previously tied by Dwight Gooden (1985), and also tied a franchise record with his 20th straight quality start, set by Tom Seaver in 1973.
After a 0-for-16 stretch to start his career against deGrom, Justin Turner tattooed a ball to left field in the first inning to give to Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
After a clean fourth inning, deGrom struck out Bellinger to lead off the fifth and got Andrew Toles swinging to end the frame, leaving Puig on base after reaching on an error.
deGrom notched two more strikeouts in the sixth, getting Pederson and Machado swinging before inducing a Max Muncy groundout to end his outing.
Jacob deGrom’s final line was six innings pitched (109 pitches, 75 strikes), allowing one earned run on two hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Seth Lugo took the ball in the seventh and allowed a double to Verdugo and a single to Bellinger to lead things off. He then struck out Yasmani Grandal and got Puig to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to escape the jam.
He got Pederson to hit a long fly ball to Bruce in right, then walked Turner to bring up Machado, who laced a ground rule double into the right-field seats, effectively saving a run from scoring. Smith got Enrique Hernandez to fly out, ending the inning.
Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth and got himself into trouble fast after allowing a leadoff single to Verdugo and a challenged double to Bellinger. The Dodgers struck for one run against him, but he was able to close the door on a 4-2 Mets win.
Todd Frazier drew a one-out walk in the second but was caught stealing to end the inning.
Jacob deGrom singled in the third but was left stranded, and the Mets went down in order in the fourth.
The Mets finally got on the board in the fifth after Jay Bruce walked to start things off.
Devin Mesoraco singled in the next at-bat (he would come out of the game after tweaking his neck/back during his swing), then deGrom added his second hit of the game to score Bruce with two outs, tying the game at one.
The Mets couldn’t get anything cooking in the sixth, and failed to capitalize on three baserunners in the seventh (Kevin Plawecki, walk; Jeff McNeil, single; Amed Rosario, single), when Jackson grounded out with two on to end the frame.
Kenta Maeda set the Metsies down in order in the eighth, winning a nine-pitch battle with Frazier to end the frame.
Bruce led off the top of the ninth with a double down the right-field line. Plawecki moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, McNeil was hit with a pitch, bringing Brandon Nimmo to the plate as a pinch-hitter.
Nimmo then proceeded to hit a line drive, three-run home run over the right-field wall to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. It was Nimmo’s 16th homer of the season.
After Rosario notched his third single of the game, Ryan Madson came on to retire Jackson and Flores.