Jacob deGrom was dealing tonight and the Mets held on to edge the Phillies 2-1 at Citi Field to take the opener in the three-game home series. This makes six wins in their last seven games.
deGrom brought his best stuff, mixing hot fastballs at up to 98 mph with biting sliders and well-timed change ups to keep Phillies hitters off balance all night. With two outs in the fifth, deGrom was yet to allow a hit when Curtis Granderson lost a fly ball in the clouds that went for a triple. The runner scored on a single by former Met Ty Kelly. That would be all that the Phillies could muster against deGrom in seven innings of work. In all he struck out 12 and allowed just three hits. Blevins and Sewald combined to keep the Phillies off the board in the eighth and Addison Reed closed it out for his 13th save.
The Mets were able to do just enough against Phillies starter Ben Lively, a 25-year-old right hander, who held the Mets to two runs on five hits in six and a third innings. The Mets scored a run in the second inning when Granderson drove in T.J. Rivera with a single. In the fourth Jose Reyes reached third on a triple and was brought home on a seeing eye single by Travis d’Arnaud. Like in the old days, two runs was all they needed to win this game.