The Mets have stopped their slide for a day.
Behind a much-needed impressive outing from righthander Jacob deGrom, the Mets defeated the Angles, 3-0, Friday night at Citi Field, halting a seven-game losing streak.
DeGrom hurled seven scoreless innings, striking out nine and walking three in his best outing of the season. Curtis Granderson, Rene Rivera and Michael Conforto chipped in with RBI to give the Mets (17-23) their first victory since May 9.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The Mets jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Conforto singled before advancing to second on a Jose Reyes sacrifice bunt. Then Curtis Granderson plated Conforto with a sliced double down the left-field line. Thanks to deGrom’s dominance, Granderson’s double proved to be the winning hit.
DeGrom largely coasted through his first six innings, at one point retiring 13 straight Angels from the end of the second until the top of the sixth. But he encountered trouble in the seventh. DeGrom surrendered a leadoff double to Andrelton Simmons before loading the bases on a walk and a hit-batsman. But he set down the next three batters in order to preserve the shutout. Reyes highlighted the escape act with a circus grab on a soft liner in shallow center field for the second out.
STAR OF THE GAME
Degrom, who carried the Mets in their return home from a six-game road trip and is the first Met pitcher to reach three wins this season.
Michael Conforto has five hits against lefties this season. Three of them have been home runs.
Rivera, who singled home a run in the sixth inning and now boasts an 11-game hitting streak.
Jay Bruce, who went 0-for-4 in the victory. He was the only Met to not reach base.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We needed a win tonight. We needed a win bad.” – Terry Collins
Saturday, May 20 vs. Angels, 7:15 p.m. TV: FOX
RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 3.76) vs. RHP Alex Meyer (2-1, 5.59)