Jacob deGrom didn’t have his best stuff but he combined with four Mets relievers to pitch the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The win gave the Mets the series victory over the first-place Marlins.
It was a good first inning for deGrom but he had great trouble throwing strikes in the second. At one point he started looking at his middle finger, which caused the Mets to send the trainer out to the mound. He was able to stay in the game and ended up struggling through 5 IP, allowing 2 ER, both of which came on a homer by Jesus Aguilar in the fifth.
For the third straight day, the Mets asked the bullpen to give them four innings. Neither Jared Hughes nor Dellin Betances looked particularly good but they got the job done. Betances threw 10 pitches, with one registering 94 and none of the others topping 92. But he got a double play and emerged unscathed.
Edwin Diaz came out for the eighth inning, the first time he pitched with a lead after three straight low-leverage appearances. And he looked great. His fastball had life and his slider had bite. But despite how good he looked, the Marlins put runners on second and third before he ended the threat. Diaz ended up striking out the side.
Seth Lugo came on to pitch the ninth, working in back-to-back games for the first time this year. He allowed a one-out walk but got a double play to end the game and get his third save of the season.
Andres Gimenez had a strong game, making good plays in the field and going 3-4 with three runs scored. He used his legs to great effect to get the Mets’ last run, as he beat out a drag bunt, went first to third on a single and scored on a pop to shallow center field. He also stole a base in the game. Meanwhile, Amed Rosario went 0-4 with three strikeouts and failed to make a play in the field that went for a hit but could have been ruled an error. When Robinson Cano comes back, it’s far from certain who the Mets will start at shortstop.
Brandon Nimmo also reached base three times, extending his reached base streak to 30 games. He had a walk, a HBP and an RBI single to left field. Nimmo now has a .433 OBP. J.D. Davis also reached base three times with two walks and a single, which extended his hitting streak to 13 games.