Jacob deGrom Returns to 2018 Form. So Does the Mets’ Offense.
Jose Iglesias homered off Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning to give the visiting Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night.
The loss came after the Mets’ ace, Jacob deGrom, had somewhat rediscovered his Cy Young form, throwing seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. DeGrom, the National League’s top pitcher of 2018, had started the year with back-to-back quality starts — tying Bob Gibson’s major league record with 26 straight going back to last year — but then reeled off three consecutive losses heading into Wednesday.
As was often the case last season, his teammates weren’t able to give him any support, leaving him with nothing to show for a dominant effort.
Diaz, an All-Star closer acquired by the Mets in a trade with Seattle this off-season, gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth for the second time in three nights. Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker had connected against Diaz in the series opener on Monday to give Cincinnati a 5-4 victory.
This time, the diminutive Iglesias pulled an 89-mile-per-hour slider into the left-field corner with two outs for his second home run this year and 23rd over all in eight major league seasons. A frustrated Diaz (0-2) snapped his head and yelled on the mound after the ball cleared the fence.
“That was a great game all around,” Iglesias said. “We never gave up. Eight, nine hard innings, and then in the end it paid off.”
Despite the loss, deGrom seemed encouraged to be back in control of opposing batters.
“It’s definitely a relief,” deGrom said. “Nobody wants to go out there and stink.”
Cincinnati’s Zach Duke (2-1) got one out for the win. Michael Lorenzen worked a perfect ninth for his second save, as the Reds’ heavily used closer, Raisel Iglesias, was rested.
Winker made a sliding catch in foul territory on Brandon Nimmo’s fly to left for the final out and proceeded to wave goodbye to Mets fans seated nearby as he got up and trotted off.
The Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, from nearby New Jersey, struck out eight in five and two-thirds sharp innings. He has permitted only one run in 17⅔ innings over his last three starts.
On a misty night with a game-time temperature of 50 degrees, the Mets fell back to .500 at 15-15.
The Mets’ struggling setup man Jeurys Familia went on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right shoulder, and the left-hander Ryan O’Rourke was called up from Class AAA Syracuse to replace him. … Second baseman Robinson Cano doubled in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a swollen left hand. Cano was hit by a pitch Sunday from Milwaukee’s Gio Gonzalez. … The lefty reliever Justin Wilson, sidelined since April 20 with a sore elbow, threw on flat ground and looked strong, according to Manager Mickey Callaway. “He’s getting closer and closer and he’ll throw off the mound again, and we’ll try to figure out if he needs to face some live hitters before he’s activated,” Callaway said.
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