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Monday's power rankings

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Mets shut out Padres

Andrew Cashner strikes out 12 batters, but it's not enough as Jacob deGrom counters with eight scoreless innings to lead the Mets past the Padres 7-0.

1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets: Hmm, are we so sure that Matt Harvey is the ace of the Mets? DeGrom pitched a brilliant eight innings against the Padres, allowing just two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.41. Season totals:

DeGrom: 11 GS, 71 IP, 2.41 ERA, .221 average, 6 HR, 4.7% BB rate, 25.4% K rate

Harvey: 10 GS, 66.2 IP, 3.11 ERA, .222 average, 7 HR, 4.2% BB rate, 27.0 K rate

The Mets have struggled on the road so far -- just 8-15 now -- so the win was a good start to this seven-game road trip to San Diego and Arizona. Oh, and they're tied for first place with Nationals.

(By the way, Andrew Cashner had one of the most bizarre outings in major league history, allowing 11 hits with 12 strikeouts in just 4 2/3 innings. Since 2000, only three starters had allowed at least 11 hits with at least 12 strikeouts in game -- Cliff Lee, Matt Garza and Curt Schilling -- but they each pitched at least seven innings. Cashner's outing was the first ever to produce those numbers in fewer than five innings.)

2. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: OK, the pitching line for Coors Field was good enough: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 SO. But Kershaw also went 3-for-4 at the plate. Kershaw has allowed zero runs or one run just once in 11 starts after doing that 17 times in 27 starts last season, but that's two dominant outings in a row after throwing seven scoreless frames his last start. Not that he was exactly off track but he appears to be settling into a 2014-like groove.

3. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: With each start, the third-year righty is looking more and more like a Cy Young contender. The Giants averaged nearly five runs per game in a hot May, but Cole allowed just two unearned runs and five hits in seven innings as the Pirates beat the Giants 4-3. He's 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA and has allowed more than two runs in a start just twice -- and both of those were three-run outings. Against the Giants, he threw an efficient 100 pitches, 67 for strikes, pounding away with fastballs and sliders -- 70 pitches were two-seamers or four-seamers and 23 were sliders.

The big moment came in the sixth. With a 4-2 lead, Cole walked Buster Posey to load the bases and bring up Brandon Belt, who crushed it in May with seven home runs and a .339 average. He fell behind Belt 2-0 but then got him swinging with two fastballs and two sliders. He then got Brandon Crawford to hit into a double play on a 98-mph fastball. Damage escaped, game over.

4. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: The anticipated Michael Pineda-Felix Hernandez was fun for three innings but then Hernandez, after retiring the first nine, suddenly lost it. Hernandez got just five more outs as he walked five and gave up six hits, including this grand slam to Tex, the fifth Felix has allowed in his career. Pineda went six innings to get the W in the 7-2 win.

5. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers: The Rangers didn't play Monday but they did call up their top prospect to temporarily fill in for Adrian Beltre. Gallo has absolute light-tower power, mashing 42 home runs last year and nine so far this year in 34 games at Double-A Frisco, where he's hitting .314/.425/.636. Like Kris Bryant, he's from Las Vegas, plays third base and will strike out a ton while also drawing a lot of walks. He's not going to supplant Beltre, who should be out at least a couple weeks with a dislocated thumb. What will be interesting is what the Rangers do if Gallo hits during this stretch. He has played six games in left field along with third base, but Josh Hamilton is now in left and Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder have first and DH covered. Most likely, even if Gallo hits, he's back in the minors once Beltre returns.