On Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 9-1 to complete the three-game sweep and end their homestand with a record of 8-2.
Rookie Jacob deGrom took the hill for New York and was dazzling, throwing 113 pitches through 7 innings. He allowed only one earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 3.18.
Meanwhile for Miami, LHP Brad Hand only lasted four innings, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and two walks.
The Marlins responded in the top of the fourth off deGrom. After failing to get the called third strike during the at-bat, deGrom allowed a single to Casey McGehee. Then, Eric Campbell — playing out of position at second base — lost the ball in the sun, allowing Garrett Jones to double. Marcell Ozuna beat out a ground ball to short to drive in McGehee and tie the game at 1. With the go-ahead run at third, deGrom struck out Ed Lucas to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Young walked, and with two outs, Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked. deGrom then singled to score the go-ahead run. Curtis Granderson followed with a ground-rule double down the left field line to score another and make it 3-1 Mets.
David Wright led off the fifth with a ground-rule double and alertly went to third on Duda’s popup to left field. Lagares then hit a double of his own to drive him in. An inning later, Wright knocked in Granderson on his second double of the day to bring the Mets’ lead to 5-1.
That wouldn’t be all for New York. In the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. singled off reliever Kevin Gregg and promptly stole second. Granderson and Campbell walked, and after Chris Hatcher replaced Gregg, Wright walked to force in a run – his second RBI of the game. Duda and Young followed with singles to drive in two more, and Anthony Recker continued the hit-spree with an RBI single for the team’s 14th hit and ninth run of the game.
DeGrom’s RBI in the fourth was the first of his career. He now has seven hits in 25 career at-bats, a .280 average.
Eric Campbell has a 10-game hitting streak.
Ruben Tejada is now second in the National League for intentional walks.
With his stolen base in the eighth, Eric Young Jr. is now fourth in the league with 24 steals, despite limited playing time.
The Mets end the first half having won eight of their last 10 games. They are tied for fifth in the NL in run differential (+19).
The Mets will be off for the All-Star Break until Friday, when they begin a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at 10:10pm ET.