DeGrom homers, dominates on mound as Mets stop Nationals 5-1

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Ross will look to improve upon his horrifying 6.39 ERA and 1.53 WHIP when he takes on the Mets in NY on Sunday.

But Nationals manager Dusty Baker would still prefer to find a less dramatic way to win. His pitch count was at 106, a product of the New York Mets' pesky ability to work the count and foul off pitches, and the Mets were threatening to finally post a crooked number.

Jose Torres (4-2) picked up the win in relief.

"You've got to put it on deGrom. So I'd rather not flirt with him".

NOTES: The Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley (right trapezius strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

That all changed on Sunday when deGrom blasted a 379-foot shot over the left-centerfield wall in the third inning - his first career home run and just the second extra-base hit of his season.

NY scored twice in the eighth via a leadoff homer by Yoenis Cespedes and a two-out RBI single by Jose Reyes, but Enny Romero struck out Rene Rivera with two on to escape the jam.

Cespedes could be available off the bench to pinch hit Sunday.

"We're having trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark", Collins said. "When you've got great hitters like Cespedes, boy, you hope that he hits it at somebody". Washington hit three homers for the second straight game and turned four double plays - one day after spinning three behind ace Max Scherzer. Baker had to make a decision when Cespedes, 4 for 4 up to that point, stepped to the plate with a runner at first and one out. "And fortunately for us, Enny did his job today".

PHILADELPHIA - Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run double and also made a key catch, lifting Arizona over Philadelphia for its sixth straight win.

DENVER - Rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland (8-4) gave up just one run on eight hits over six innings, Tony Wolters drove in two runs and Colorado beat San Francisco. "That's a lot of outs for your bullpen".

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.39 ERA) opposes LHP Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15) to begin a three-game series at Miami. Mets manager Terry Collins said the team's scheduled starter for Wednesday is still unknown.

The Nationals scored their run in the first, when Brian Goodwin reached on an error by Wilmer Flores, took second on a single by Bryce Harper, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Daniel Murphy finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double and scored on Adam Lind's two-run homer into the upper deck in the eighth.

Turner singled in the ninth and scored on a double by Anthony Rendon (2-for-4).

Conforto had another RBI single in the sixth for the Mets, who completed their scoring with a run-scoring single by Curtis Granderson in the seventh. They went on to defeat the Nats 5-1, and deGrom went eight innings strong, giving up just three hits along with the lone run.

"You've got to focus every pitch and a couple pitches got me today", Lugo said.

Turner's fifth career leadoff homer and third this season, on Lugo's second pitch, was the third the Mets have allowed in their past five games. The hit extended Murphy's streak of reaching base against the Mets to all 28 games he has played against his former club. Kelley worked the ninth inning Friday night and threw 26 pitches in closing out a 7-2 victory. That margin is back over double digits, the Mets are gasping for air after another cycle of injuries, and the Nationals are poised for a four-game road sweep Sunday.

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