The Mets (72-79) fell to the Marlins by the score of 6-5 on Monday night at Citi Field in the opener of their three-game series.
The game began with Jacob deGrom striking out the side in the first inning, followed by the Mets plating two runs on an RBI double by Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the first. At that point, the Jacob deGrom show continued.
Featuring a fastball that touched 97 MPH, deGrom struck out the first eight Marlins batters he faced, tying a modern Major League record which was set in 1986 by Jim Deshaies of the Astros.
With the Mets ahead 2-0, deGrom entered the seventh already having chalked up a career-high 13 strikeouts. However, deGrom allowed a two-run flare single to Jordany Valdespin that tied the game, and followed by allowing a short sacrifice fly to Reed Johnson that put the Marlins up 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Mets tied the game when Daniel Murphy stroked an RBI single to center field. With two outs and a runner on second base, Travis d’Arnaud knocked a broken-bat, RBI double down the left field line to drive in Murphy and put the Mets on top 4-3. A bases loaded walk by Curtis Granderson later in the inning extended New York’s lead to 5-3.
Jeurys Familia entered for the top of the eighth and struck out the first batter he faced, but was then victimized by two seeing eye singles and a flare hit to left field that loaded the bases. Familia then surrendered a two-run single to Adeiny Hechavarria that plated two runs and tied the game at 5. In an odd move, Jenrry Mejia was called on to secure the final out of the eighth. However, Jeff Mathis flipped a flare hit into short right field as Miami took a 6-5 lead.
The Mets couldn’t muster anything in the eighth or ninth, going down in order in both frames as they dropped the first game of their three-game set.
- Jacob deGrom was brilliant. He struck out the first 8 batters he faced, fanning 13 total in 7 innings of work. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 1.
- Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
- Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a walk.
- Daniel Murphy went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Mets continue their series against the Marlins on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 PM.