DeGrom dominates early, survives rocky 7th to end Mets' skid

NEW YORK (AP) It took a blistering effort from Jacob deGrom to snap the New York Mets out of their funk.

A little palm ball from Jose Reyes, too.

DeGrom dominated until ripping a callus on his pitching hand in the seventh, then Reyes helped him escape a no-out, bases-loaded jam that inning to send the Mets over the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday night and snap a seven-game losing streak.

DeGrom (3-1) ended a 17-game stretch in which no Mets starters got an out in the seventh inning, tying a club record set in 2002.

It was a tough hump to get over.

DeGrom was visited by manager Terry Collins and a team trainer at the start of the seventh inning after fidgeting with his throwing hand. The righty pointed to his ring finger during the brief visit, but stayed in the game.

With the Mets leading 2-0, deGrom walked C.J. Cron, was visited by pitching coach Dan Warthen to talk mechanics and then hit Martin Maldonado with a 3-1 pitch to load the bases before striking out Danny Espinosa with a 96 mph fastball for the first out.

Pinch hitter Ben Revere then blooped a ball to shallow center that Reyes bobbled and caught. Andrelton Simmons broke from third base when the ball hit the shortstop in the palm of his glove, and had to hurry back when it popped into the air.

''When the ball hit the glove, I said, `Oh man,''' Reyes said.

Reyes corralled the rebound, then turned to keep the runners stuck at their bases.

''That ball drops in in the last seven days, for sure,'' Collins said.

Cameron Maybin then flied out to right to end the inning.

DeGrom retired 13 straight before Kole Calhoun's two-out single in the sixth. He gave up four hits, struck out nine and walked three in seven innings. It was a timely start for the Mets, who entered Friday ranked last in the majors with a 5.13 ERA and with Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo on the disabled list.

''We've got to get our pitching moving forward,'' Collins said. ''We didn't break camp with imagination. These guys are legit, and we've got to get them right so as we head into the big months of summer, that we know what we got and those guys are pitching like they can.''

Jerry Blevins got two outs in his major league-leading 25th appearance, Paul Sewald recorded an out in the eighth and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

The Angels had averaged 6.3 runs over their previous six games, including wins in their last four.

''All night, we didn't get too many good looks at him,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about deGrom. ''He pitched a good game for those guys, but when we did get a couple of looks, he made some pitches and got out of it.''

Ricky Nolasco (2-3) allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings.

Michael Conforto led off the seventh with a homer to left, his second in two games, team-high 11th this season and sixth to the opposite field.

Reyes' juggle was the second unusual bounce for the Mets as they opened a seven-game homestand. In the first inning, Curtis Granderson lined an RBI double down the left field line that caromed off the ball boy's stool, kicked behind the rolled up tarp then ended up under a towel that had been resting on the stool, all before umpire Ben May called time. Left fielder Maybin threw his hands up before grabbing the ball and firing to the infield, catching Granderson between bases. Granderson was frozen on the basepath before realizing time was called.

MR. MET

Collins managed his 1,012th game with the Mets, tying Davey Johnson for the most with the franchise. Collins is 498-514 in seven seasons with New York.

THAT'S BETTER

The Mets avoided their first eight-game skid since losing 11 straight in 2004.

ALMOST HOME

Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout singled twice in his first game at Citi Field since the 2013 All-Star Game. Trout is from Millville, New Jersey, and his parents traveled to Queens for the game. It was Trout's first time facing deGrom.

A-ROD ON THE CALL

Alex Rodriguez will be in the booth along with Joe Buck for Saturday's Fox broadcast. A-Rod made his debut as an in-game color analyst Thursday night when the Yankees played at Kansas City.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Albert Pujols was not available to play because of a sore right hamstring. Scioscia said Pujols had an MRI, which showed tendinitis in the hamstring. ... Huston Street (right lat strain) threw Friday in extended spring training.

Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud (right wrist), Matz (left elbow) and Lugo (right elbow) made their first rehab appearances Thursday with Class A St. Lucie. Matz may join Triple-A Las Vegas in New Orleans next week. D'Arnaud also caught nine innings for St. Lucie on Friday.

UP NEXT

Mets righty Zack Wheeler (2-2, 3.76) has allowed one earned run in each of his last three starts, going 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA. He'll work Saturday night against 6-foot-9 Angels righty Alex Meyer (2-1, 5.59), who pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning against Detroit last time out.

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  • W: J. deGrom (3-1)L: R. Nolasco (2-3)S: A. Reed (5)
  • HR: NYM - M. Conforto (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Valbuena 3B40000034.188.278.313.590-1.5
A. Simmons SS40200000.247.310.335.6463.0
C. Cron 1B30100112.221.274.260.5341.5
M. Maldonado C30000011.271.345.374.7180.5
D. Espinosa 2B30000034.148.231.281.512-1.5
a- C. Pennington PH10000000.262.347.262.6090.0
R. Nolasco SP20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- B. Revere PH10000003.247.256.388.6440.0
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c- J. Marte PH10000000.189.256.324.5800.0
  • a-popped out for Espinosa in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Nolasco in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Middleton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Conforto LF32211111.319.403.6641.0678.5
J. Reyes SS30000011.190.266.317.583-0.5
J. Bruce RF40000013.252.331.510.841-0.5
N. Walker 2B41100012.255.327.423.7501.5
C. Granderson CF30110001.163.230.311.5413.0
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W. Flores 3B40000014.267.286.427.712-0.5
L. Duda 1B20000212.213.368.459.8271.5
R. Rivera C40110013.320.342.427.7681.5
J. deGrom P20000002.300.300.350.6500.0
J. Lagares CF0000-000.208.296.313.000-
  • a-singled for Sewald in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Simmons (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Granderson (9)
  • HR - M. Conforto (11)
  • SH - J. Reyes (2), J. deGrom (3)
  • RBI - M. Conforto (27), C. Granderson (14), R. Rivera (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (7), R. Rivera (7)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Maybin
FIELDING
  • E - C. Cron, A. Simmons (5)
  • PB - M. Maldonado 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Nolasco (L, 2-3)6.04213404.011.1710.0
J. Alvarez1.01110114.111.001.5
K. Middleton1.01000204.501.003.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Nolasco (L, 2-3)6.0
J. Alvarez1.0
K. Middleton1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 3-1)7.04003903.561.0028.5
J. Blevins (H, 6)0.21000201.801.500.0
P. Sewald (H, 1)0.11000102.923.00-0.5
A. Reed (S, 5)1.00000003.320.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 3-1)7.0
J. Blevins (H, 6)0.2
P. Sewald (H, 1)0.1
A. Reed (S, 5)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Nolasco (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 103-61, J. Alvarez 11-9, K. Middleton 16-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 10-6, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 27, J. Alvarez 4, K. Middleton 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. deGrom (2)
  • IBB - J. deGrom (2)
  • HBP - J. deGrom
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 106-66, J. Blevins 14-10, P. Sewald 5-5, A. Reed 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-6
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 28, J. Blevins 3, P. Sewald 2, A. Reed 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Calhoun RF40100010.220.289.341.6300.5
M. Trout CF30200110.348.458.7411.1992.5
L. Valbuena 3B40000034.188.278.313.590-1.5
A. Simmons SS40200000.247.310.335.6463.0
C. Cron 1B30100112.221.274.260.5341.5
M. Maldonado C30000011.271.345.374.7180.5
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b- B. Revere PH10000003.247.256.388.6440.0
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  • a-popped out for Espinosa in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Nolasco in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Middleton in the 9th
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J. Bruce RF40000013.252.331.510.841-0.5
N. Walker 2B41100012.255.327.423.7501.5
C. Granderson CF30110001.163.230.311.5413.0
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A. Reed P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Flores 3B40000014.267.286.427.712-0.5
L. Duda 1B20000212.213.368.459.8271.5
R. Rivera C40110013.320.342.427.7681.5
J. deGrom P20000002.300.300.350.6500.0
J. Lagares CF0000-000.208.296.313.000-
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  • a-singled for Sewald in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Simmons (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Granderson (9)
  • HR - M. Conforto (11)
  • SH - J. Reyes (2), J. deGrom (3)
  • RBI - M. Conforto (27), C. Granderson (14), R. Rivera (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (7), R. Rivera (7)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Maybin
FIELDING
  • E - C. Cron, A. Simmons (5)
  • PB - M. Maldonado 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Nolasco (L, 2-3)6.04213404.011.1710.0
J. Alvarez1.01110114.111.001.5
K. Middleton1.01000204.501.003.0
Total8.0632371---
PITCHERSIP
R. Nolasco (L, 2-3)6.0
J. Alvarez1.0
K. Middleton1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 3-1)7.04003903.561.0028.5
J. Blevins (H, 6)0.21000201.801.500.0
P. Sewald (H, 1)0.11000102.923.00-0.5
A. Reed (S, 5)1.00000003.320.0010.0
Total9.06003120---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 3-1)7.0
J. Blevins (H, 6)0.2
P. Sewald (H, 1)0.1
A. Reed (S, 5)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Nolasco (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 103-61, J. Alvarez 11-9, K. Middleton 16-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 10-6, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 27, J. Alvarez 4, K. Middleton 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. deGrom (2)
  • IBB - J. deGrom (2)
  • HBP - J. deGrom
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 106-66, J. Blevins 14-10, P. Sewald 5-5, A. Reed 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-6
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 28, J. Blevins 3, P. Sewald 2, A. Reed 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Conforto homered to left03
  • 6TH INNING
    Rivera singled to left, Walker scored, Duda to second02
  • 1ST INNING
    Granderson doubled to left, Conforto scored, Reyes to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Reed Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Maldonado lined out to center
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pennington popped out to shortstop
    • J. Marte: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Blevins Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Trout singled to right center
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons reached on bunt single to shortstop, Trout to second
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Middleton Pitching:
    • T. Rivera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rivera singled to left
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rivera to second on passed ball
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Rivera to third on passed ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rivera grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Simmons doubled to deep right
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado hit by pitch, Simmons to third, Cron to second
    • D. Espinosa: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Espinosa struck out looking
    • B. Revere: Ball, Revere popped out to shortstop
    • C. Maybin: Maybin flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Alvarez Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Conforto homered to left
    • J. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bruce popped out to shortstop
    • N. Walker: Walker flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • R. Nolasco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nolasco struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to right
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun to second on wild pitch, Trout intentionally walked
    • L. Valbuena: Valbuena grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker singled to shallow left
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Granderson flied out to deep right
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Flores flied out to left, Walker to second
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda intentionally walked
    • R. Rivera: Foul, Rivera singled to left, Walker scored, Duda to second
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Foul, Ball, deGrom grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Cron: Cron popped out to third
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado lined out to left
    • D. Espinosa: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, deGrom flied out to deep center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • J. Reyes: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Conforto out at second
    • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Simmons lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
    • W. Flores: Foul, Strike looking, Flores safe at first on shortstop Simmons fielding error
    • L. Duda: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Duda popped out to right
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rivera reached on fielder's choice to third, Flores out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • R. Nolasco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nolasco struck out swinging
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to second
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes lined out to third
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Simmons lined out to left
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron singled to left
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
    • D. Espinosa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • J. deGrom: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, deGrom hit sacrifice bunt to first, Duda to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Maybin caught stealing, , Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Trout singled to left
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Nolasco Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto singled to left
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reyes safe at first on 1st baseman Cron fielding error, Conforto to second
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker flied out to left
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson doubled to left, Conforto scored, Reyes to third
    • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Flores grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)