Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Mariners 1
By Adam Rubin
SEATTLE -- Game No. 100 is in the books.
Fueled by the latest dominating performance from Jacob deGrom and a fortuitous fielding play by Long Island University product James Jones, the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
With the Washington Nationals beating the Colorado Rockies, the Mets (47-53) remained nine games out of first place in the NL East.
The Mets have scored only seven runs in their past 42 innings, but a two-run second inning was enough to get the job done this time.
After a leadoff single by Bobby Abreu against Erasmo Ramirez, Travis d'Arnaud hit a sinking line drive to center field. Jones tried to make the catch, but the ball scooted by him for what was ruled a run-scoring triple. Ruben Tejada eventually drove in d’Arnaud with a single as the Mets took a 2-0 lead.
DeGrom’s banner rookie season continued. He retired 11 straight batters at one point and limited Seattle to one run on five hits in seven innings. After the 107-pitch effort, deGrom now has posted a 1.59 ERA (7 ER in 39.2 IP) in his last six starts.
The lone run against deGrom (4-5) came on an RBI double by Dustin Ackley in the fifth. Ackley advanced to third base on the play on a throwing error by Daniel Murphy on a relay attempt to the plate. But deGrom stranded Ackley and maintained a 2-1 lead by coaxing a flyout from Mike Zunino and by retiring ex-Met Endy Chavez on a groundout.
Lucas Duda added a 444-foot solo homer in the eighth against reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.
Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each contributed a scoreless relief inning.
Ouch: Tejada was struck on the left hand by a pitch from Ramirez in the fifth inning. He remained in the game after a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez.
What’s next: Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) opposes Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker, who will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma, in the 3:40 p.m. ET rubber game Wednesday.