Jacob deGrom tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts Saturday afternoon but absorbed another hard-luck loss for the host New York Mets as Jazz Chisholm’s second-inning homer provided the only run the Miami Marlins would need in a 3-0 win.
Trevor Rogers allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 10 over six innings in earning his second career win — both against the Mets in games in which he opposed deGrom at Citi Field — for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Dylan Floro and Richard Bleier tossed a perfect inning apiece before Yimi Garcia threw a perfect ninth for his first save this season.
Jesus Aguilar and Miguel Rojas each had RBI singles in the ninth for the Marlins.
The Mets have scored just five runs in losing two of their last three.
deGrom (0-1) allowed just the one run on five hits and no walks while striking out 14 batters for the fourth time. The run actually “raised” his ERA to 0.64. He tossed six scoreless innings Monday before the Mets’ bullpen squandered a two-run lead in a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The righthanded pitcher threw 17 of his first 19 pitches for strikes before Chisholm hit a 100-mph fastball into the second deck in right field for his third career homer.
The Marlins got only three runners as far as second base thereafter, but the Mets mounted just one threat over the final eight innings — one involving deGrom, who led off the sixth with an infield single and went to second when Brandon Nimmo walked. deGrom, who played shortstop in college, tagged up and took third on a deep flyout to center by Francisco Lindor. But Rogers ended his afternoon by striking out Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso.
It was the second time Rogers escaped a jam against the heart of the Mets’ order. New York had its best scoring chance in the first, when Nimmo hit a leadoff double and went to third when catcher Chad Wallach misplayed Lindor’s bunt. But Lindor was caught stealing and Rogers struck out Conforto and Alonso.
–Field Level Media