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Jacob deGrom rules out Phillies in 1-0 NY Mets win


NEW YORK — The Mets were tasked Saturday night with doing something they haven’t had to do much this season: bounce back from a loss. When they had to, the Mets did it better than anyone else with a higher winning percentage than any other team in baseball. On Saturday, that winning percentage jumped to .775 with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

“We knew the points were going to be a bonus,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Our target was to score one more point than they did tonight and Jake was a big part of that.”

The Braves swept a doubleheader in Miami, which meant the Mets’ victory limited Atlanta’s rise in the standings to just half a game. The Mets currently lead the National League East by 5.5 games after all of Saturday’s action.

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The first time a Phillies baserunner reached second base was on a stolen base in the ninth inning as four Mets pitchers combined to hold Philadelphia to a three-base shutout. The Phillies threatened late with two walks and a double steal putting the runners in second and third with two outs. It ended with Edwin Diaz recording career stoppage number 200.

New York Mets Pete Alonso, left, hits first after hitting an RBI single against Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Re-Pete-ing History

Pete Alonso coming to bat in the first inning often means someone is on base and a chance to drive in a run is available. The National League leader in RBIs added to his tally on Saturday with a first-inning single that was the game’s only run. The bloop to right field tagged Starling Marte, who singled earlier in the inning, stole second base and reached third on an errant pitch.

“The value of a major league run is huge, especially when Jake is on the mound,” Alonso said. “You know you have a pretty good shot to win the baseball game, but I didn’t think one in the first would be enough. Luckily Jake and then our bullpen were great today. Awesome that I got the RBI, but the stars of today’s show were our pitching team.”

Alonso now has 97 RBIs this season, trailing only Aaron Judge for the Major League lead. It’s the 23rd time Alonso has had a winning RBI this season, 10 more than any other player. It was the 31st time an RBI for Alonso gave the Mets the lead, which also leads all players.

Alonso is approaching 100 RBIs for the second time in his career, following his 120 RBIs as a rookie in 2019. Alonso is currently on track for 137 RBIs, which would set a new franchise record.

“It means a lot,” Alonso said. “I just want to bring everything I can to the club. I just want to win football games and be able to play for a championship in October.”

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, August 13, 2022, in New York City.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Jake deGreat

In his third start of the season after a lengthy rehab, Jacob deGrom showed more of the dominance Mets fans have come to expect. A first-inning single from Rhys Hoskins was all the Phillies could muster for most of the game as deGrom struck out 10 in six innings and didn’t walk a single batter. A two-out single by Bryson Stott in the sixth inning was the only other hit allowed by deGrom, who threw 76 pitches on the outing.

“We’re trying to build pitches in the major leagues,” deGrom said of his pitch tally. “It’s more stressful with the Braves and Phillies, teams in our division that we want to beat.”

The 76 throws matched the number of deGrom thrown in his last start. Showalter noted that the plan was 80 pitches or six innings and did not wish to push him for a seventh inning with the upcoming schedule calling for deGrom to pitch on a shorter rest each of his next two starts.

“It’s not easy,” Showalter said of managing deGrom usage. “Everyone would like him to throw 120 pitches but may not see him again this season.”

It was the 55th time deGrom had knocked out at least 10 batters in a start, five behind Tom Seaver for the most in Mets history and breaking a tie with Mickey Lolich for 16th all-time in Mets history. Major League. The performance also allowed deGrom to pass Bobby Mathews and Doyle Alexander for 212th all-time with 1,533 career strikeouts.

New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after knocking out Nick Castellanos of the Philadelphia Phillies to close out the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in New York City.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

trumpet time

The sound of a trumpet can be a symbol of surrender, but when playing for Edwin Diaz’s entry, it’s a sign that the opponent should consider doing the same.

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Diaz entered over the ninth inning for his 27th save, extending his career-best scoreless streak to 20 innings. Diaz leads all relievers in baseball with 94 strikeouts, striking out Nick Castellanos to end the night. Diaz shrugged off trouble with multiple walks for the first time since May 19. Diaz walked only the 14th time in 47.1 innings this season.

“I was trying to slow everything down,” Diaz said of that final hitter. “I was walking on the mound a bit thinking about it. I told myself to stay back. I did that against Castellanos. I made my shots and we got the win.”

It was the 200th career save for Diaz, who made it in just 384.2 innings. At 28, Diaz becomes the sixth active reliever and 53rd overall to reach the milestone, in his seventh season. Diaz is six years younger than any other active pitcher on the roster.

“Few pitchers reach 200 saves in their first two major league years, so I feel blessed to have reached that mark,” Diaz said.

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