Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Giants 1


SAN FRANCISCO -- Who needs runs when you have the caliber of starting pitching the New York Mets boast?

All-Star Jacob deGrom allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings as the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, in Wednesday's rubber game at AT&T Park.

Despite a largely anemic offense, the Mets (44-42) managed to win four of six games on their trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

DeGrom (9-6) was pulled with his pitch count at 99 despite not having another assignment until logging an inning in the All-Star Game next Tuesday. The eight innings matched deGrom's career high. He struck out 10 and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.14.

Zack Wheeler remains the last Mets pitcher to toss a complete game and a shutout. He had a three-hitter in a 1-0 win against the Miami Marlins on June 19, 2014.

The opening score Wednesday came via a gift. Ruben Tejada blooped a one-out single to right field in the sixth inning. Daniel Murphy then delivered a soft grounder to the hole at shortstop. Steady fielding Brandon Crawford, with no real shot to throw out either baserunner, nonetheless attempted to retire Tejada at second base. The throw went wide of Joe Panik and into right field. Tejada came all the way around to score the unearned run.

The Mets opened a 2-0 lead in the seventh when Eric Campbell and deGrom consecutively singled to open the frame and Juan Lagares produced a run-scoring fielder's choice.

Drought over! The Mets snapped a nine-game homerless drought when Campbell took Jean Machi deep with a two-run homer in the ninth. It was the team's longest homerless drought since going 10 games in May 2011.

Almost perfect: Bobby Parnell surrendered a ninth-inning run, prompting manager Terry Collins to turn to Jeurys Familia for his 24th save in 26 chances.

What's next: The Mets enjoy an off-day on Thursday. They then host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final series before the All-Star break. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 3.38 ERA) opposes right-hander Chase Anderson (4-2, 3.71) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET.