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

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

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

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

Scherzer is actually on pace to have a better season than his Cy Young campaign from previous year.

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 Washington at the top of the division, but injuries and poor pitching have taken their toll in a race that already looks lopsided. Murph's a grinder. It doesn't matter who we're playing, but he probably gets special motivation playing here. "You're hoping you can get some runs and really want to get into their bullpen with the way they've been struggling", Mets manager Terry Collins said after his team fell 10 1/2 games behind Washington.

Scherzer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award victor, reached double digits in strikeouts for the eighth time this season and the 57th time in his big league career, and he allowed four hits or fewer for the 10th time in 14 starts.

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

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DeGrom, who allowed an unearned run in the first, was at his best after the homer. He's pitched to a 1.13 ERA and a ridiculous 0.576 WHIP, while striking out 47 to just five walks.

"Kind of scuffling out there today". On Sunday, he threw just 50 pitches between the fourth and seventh, including six pitches in the sixth, to reach the eighth at 94 pitches.

"They're too good a team", he said. "You can't pay attention to the standings (where the Mets are 10½ games behind the Nationals)".

Four relievers from a much-maligned bullpen finished up, with Enny Romero getting five outs for his second save. The four-hit game was the fifth of Cespedes' career.

But Baker said taking his chances with the southpaw against the right-handed hitting slugger was the best option available to him. 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.

While the Nationals bested Matz with those homers, the Mets' hitters were stymied by Scherzer, who induced three double-play grounders to help him escape jams.

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Nationals: LHP Sammy Solis, on the DL since April 19 with inflammation in his pitching elbow, began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday and pitched one inning against visiting Pawtucket, allowing a home run to Rusney Castillo leading off the first. It was the first walk-off homer of the season for Milwaukee and helped the Brew Crew stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central. "How many can we possibly continue to have to play through?" he said.

David Peralta tripled among his three hits, including a single that followed Blanco's second homer of the season off Aaron Nola (3-5) in the seventh. With two on, Romero struck out Rene Rivera to end the inning — Rivera fanned all four times up. After Jay singled off Tony Watson, Anthony Rizzo delivered a two-run single and Addison Russell added a two-run double.

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. The 38-year-old Martinez was still in the hospital on Friday afternoon as the doctors tried to find the cause.

But Nationals manager Dusty Baker would still prefer to find a less dramatic way to win.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom holds his batting helmet as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in New York. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training. He now has nine quality starts in 13 outing this year. "I felt like a couple pitches just got away from me", Lugo said.

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