DeGrom tosses 1-hitter, Mets beat Phillies 5-0

DeGrom allowed just one hit and produced is most masterful performance of his career to lift the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. It will be the Mets' first trip to Wrigley Field since clinching last year's pennant there with a victory in Game 4 of the NLCS.

After deGrom endured a first half of the season filled with concern about a dip in velocity and a lat injury that forced him to miss two starts, he began the second half nearly as well as any pitcher could.

While deGrom's box score (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 105 pitches) was impressive, some even bigger figures stood out when the dust settled in South Philadelphia.

With just one out standing between Jacob deGrom and his first career shutout Sunday, the Mets starter wanted to end it in style with a strikeout.

DeGrom is 4-0 vs. the Phillies and the Mets have won all seven of his starts against them. It also had detracted from the downward bite on deGrom's two-seam fastball. "I've still got some work to do, but I'm going to enjoy this one today". Asdrubal Cabrera swatted a two-run homer, his 13th of the season. The slugging outfielder was injured July 8 and has missed four consecutive starts.

The 28-year-old, who lowered his ERA to 2.38, improved to 6-4 on the year after striking out seven and walking one.

For much of the early part of the season, there was understandbly concern surrounding deGrom's lack of velocity, but he pitched effectively in spite of that for a bit before he started throwing harder. "And as he showed, the rest did him good". "You saw better command".

DeGrom needed just 89 pitches to get through eight innings, and that allowed him to pursue the complete game.

In the seventh, d'Arnaud led off with a double, then got caught in a rundown when pitcher Edubray Ramos collected Brandon Nimmo's comebacker and fired to second.

DeGrom was a candidate for the NL All-Star team, but didn't seem crushed the decision was reached to let him spend the four-day break exhaling.

"Yeah, I knew who got the hit off me", deGrom said. "Some time off, resetting helped".

Curtis Granderson opened the fourth with a two-base hit, advanced on Neil Walker's groundout and came home on a sacrifice fly by Travis d'Arnaud to give NY a 2-1 cushion.

He became the first Mets (49-42) pitcher since 2012 to throw a complete-game one-hitter.

Granderson drove his 16th homer way out to right-center for a 2-0 lead in the third.

Mets first baseman James Loney threw Carlos Ruiz out at the plate when he attempted to score on Eickhoff's infield single in the sixth, and the Mets were denied when Asche, the Philadelphia left fielder, made a sliding catch of Cabrera's line drive to the gap after the NY loaded the bases with two down in the seventh. In the 5th, deGrom singled with two outs, and rolled all the way home on a triple by Jose Reyes.

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