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The Mets finally notched a 5-4 win in the 14th at Citizens Bank Park after David Wright delivered an RBI single against Antonio Bastardo. It was the Mets' first hit since the ninth inning. Bastardo had entered only because Jeff Manship, after four no-hit innings, had suffered a left quad strain as a batter unsuccessfully trying to beat out a two-out grounder with the winning run at third base to end the 13th.
It was the second straight start that deGrom departed with a lead only to be deprived of his first win. After tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day at Citi Field, Jose Valverde eventually blew the lead by surrendering four runs. Valverde was released after that game. DeGrom remains 0-2.
With his fourth straight quality start to begin his major league career, deGrom now has a 2.42 ERA. The only other pitcher in franchise history to be winless through four career appearances while producing a quality start in each outing is Ron Darling in 1983.
The Mets, meanwhile, have now played seven games of at least four hours this season, matching the Los Angeles Dodgers for the most in the majors.
These two teams have now played consecutive 14-inning games. The only other instance in which the Mets played consecutive 14-plus-inning games in one season was Sept. 7-8, 1979, against the Pirates (14 and 15 innings). The Mets played consecutive five-hour games for the first time in franchise history. Saturday's lasted five hours and 32 minutes.
DeGrom had taken a one-hit shutout into the seventh. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, until Chase Utley’s two-out single in the fourth. The 25-year-old right-hander ultimately struck out a career-high 11, the most by a Mets pitcher this season.Chris Szagola/Associated Press
Jacob deGrom again was deprived of his first major league win Saturday.
His sterling outing unraveled in the seventh, however. Staked to a 4-0 lead, deGrom allowed a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins and then walked Utley. Ryan Howard followed with an opposite-field, three-run homer. DeGrom remained in to strike out Byrd, then departed with his pitch count at 101 and the Mets holding a 4-3 lead.
His line: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 HR.
About the only issue for deGrom before the seventh inning? A mound visit from trainer Ray Ramirez after the rookie delivered a first-pitch ball to Reid Brignac with two outs in the fifth. DeGrom threw one warm-up pitch for the staff, manager Terry Collins and Ramirez retreated to the dugout, and deGrom’s dominance continued until the seventh.
Ruben stud: Ruben Tejada snapped the longest active homerless drought in MLB with a fourth-inning solo shot against Kyle Kendrick that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead. He finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two walks to lift his batting average 17 points, to .227.
It was Tejada’s first homer since Aug. 1, 2012, against San Francisco’s Matt Cain. Tejada had gone 552 at-bats without a homer.
The longest active homerless streak in MLB now belongs to Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse (434 at-bats). Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker (430 at-bats) is the new leader among position players, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Philadelphia’s Ben Revere had paved the way for Tejada to briefly sit atop the active leaderboard. Revere’s first career homer came in his 1,466th career at-bat, on Tuesday.
Debutant: Buddy Carlyle tossed three scoreless innings in his Mets debut, from the 11th through the 13th. The 36-year-old call-up from Las Vegas last had appeared in the majors on June 25, 2011, with the Yankees. He earned his first major league win since Sept. 24, 2008, with the Braves. Carlos Torres notched the save with a scoreless 14th despite allowing the first two batters to reach.
Bobby O: Bobby Abreu, starting for the second straight day, finished 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. He is 10-for-21 with five walks in his past six starts.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on two-out run-scoring hits by Abreu and Lucas Duda.
Last call: Daisuke Matsuzaka, slated to enter the rotation Wednesday at Wrigley Field with Rafael Montero’s demotion, made a final relief appearance. Matsuzaka overcame an error from Daniel Murphy by striking out Brignac to record the final out of the seventh inning. Matsuzaka then surrendered a one-out triple to Revere in the eighth. Revere ultimately was stranded at third base. Scott Rice entered with two outs and walked Utley on four pitches, but then struck out Howard to preserve the 4-3 lead.
In a pinch: Juan Lagares pinch hit for bunting purposes and delivered a sacrifice in the 14th. He had been scratched from the starting lineup with a right rib cage spasm.
Bad form? The Mets were incredulous that second-base ump Doug Eddings ruled Brown safe on a two-out steal attempt in the fifth inning. So Collins challenged the ruling on the field. Once the Mets saw the replay on the scoreboard and concluded they were in the right, they left the field, even though the crew had yet to formally reverse the safe call.
The Phillies, under similar circumstances in the top of the ninth, stayed on the field until umps confirmed the ruling of a third out even though scoreboard replays already suggested they would prevail.