DeGrom strikes out 10; Mets down Nationals 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Even when the New York Mets win this season, they end up losing.

Jacob deGrom had 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings against Washington's makeshift lineup, and the Mets beat the Nationals 4-2 on Friday night.

However, New York lost outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning with a right hamstring strain that could prove season ending based on the schedule, general manager Sandy Alderson said after the game.

This followed fellow outfielder Michael Conforto's dislocation and tear of his left shoulder Thursday against Arizona. Both injuries came after a relentless string of bumps, bruises and worse that have helped derail New York's season.

''This is new for me, for anybody else that's probably ever managed to have these kind of things pop up,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''There's no way really to describe it except figure out who is going to play tomorrow.''

DeGrom (14-7) allowed one run on five hits. Working with his best fastball on the season, He upped his strikeout total to 201 this season by fanning the side in the seventh.

''Been working on mechanics,'' deGrom said. ''Tonight was the closest it's been to where I want it.''

Washington came close to rallying against Mets closer AJ Ramos after trailing 4-1 after eight innings.

Adam Lind homered in the ninth off Ramos, who then loaded the bases with one out on a hit and two walks. Anthony Rendon took a base on balls after his deep drive into the left field corner hooked foul shy of the fair pole. Ramos retired Howie Kendrick and Andrew Stevenson to earn his 24th save in 26 opportunities.

''In that last inning, we were threatening and thought Anthony's ball had a chance to leave,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. ''Just perseverance to not wanting to lose, that's what I attribute that last inning to.''

New York's Matt Reynolds and Dominic Smith drove in runs during the eighth for a 3-0 lead.

A.J. Cole (1-4) allowed one run and four hits over six innings for Washington.

Both teams fielded unfamiliar lineups because of numerous injuries. There were also nicknames on the back of jerseys as part of Major League Baseball's Players Weekend.

Daniel ''Murph'' Murphy, the only member of Washington's Opening Day lineup who started Friday, went 0 for 4.

The NL East-leading Nationals returned home following a 5-2 road trip that concluded with an 11-inning win at Houston on Thursday night.

DeGrom allowed 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his previous two starts, both losses. Against the Nationals, ''Jake'' kept Washington scoreless until Adrian Sanchez's two-out RBI single in the eighth.

New York scored in the first on Asdrubal ''Chiquitin'' Cabrera's RBI single. Smith's grounder up the middle could have driven in another run, but the ball caromed off second base umpire Andy Fletcher, who immediately ruled the play dead.

Cespedes pulled up while rounding third on the play. He immediately began hobbling and struggled to put weight on his right leg until reaching home plate. Reynolds replaced Cespedes and returned to third, loading the bases.

Cole, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for the start, got out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts. He struck out eight, matching his career high.

''Instead of trying to let them get themselves out, I was trying to get them out with one pitch,'' Cole said of his first-inning struggles. ''I was a little too fine.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: RHP Jeurys Familia (blood clot in right arm) was activated from the 60-day disabled list. ... Collins did not have an update on Conforto. ''I just hope that (Conforto) comes out of this and resumes his pursuit to be one of the best players in baseball,'' Collins said. ... David Wright (cervical disc herniation) played five innings at third base for Single-A St. Lucie at Palm Beach on Friday. He went 1 for 3 with a single and a fielding error.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (neck inflammation) tossed a bullpen session before Friday's game. Scherzer (12-5, 2.25 ERA) could return from the DL to start on Sunday. ... Washington opened a roster spot for Cole by optioning C Pedro Severino to Triple-A Syracuse. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman did not play after apparently hurting his shoulder Thursday. ''I think he hurt his arm and shoulder and he couldn't swing after the headfirst slide into the plate,'' Baker said.

WHERE IS EVERYONE?

Exemplifying their missing in action scenario, the Nationals' Single-A affiliate Potomac had more players from Washington's Opening Day lineup - SS Trey Turner and OF Jayson Werth - than the parent club. Turner (wrist fracture) and Werth (foot contusion) both played in parts of Potomac's doubleheader.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (5-5, 5.65 ERA) allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits in five innings at Washington on June 15.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (12-5, 2.39) is 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA in three August starts.

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  • W: J. deGrom (14-7)L: A. Cole (1-4)S: A. Ramos (24)
  • HR: WAS - A. Lind (10)
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A. Rosario SS30000115.247.273.435.7080.5
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  • a-flied out for Blevins in the 9th
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A. Sanchez 3B40110010.277.292.362.6531.5
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A. Lind 1B41211010.295.348.490.8386.5
W. Difo SS40200011.278.335.382.7164.5
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A. Cole P10000110.000.111.000.1110.5
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Kendrick LF20000003.332.381.507.8880.0
  • a-walked for Blanton in the 9th
  • b-walked for Lobaton in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Lagares (7), A. Cabrera (21)
  • SF - D. Smith
  • RBI - J. Lagares (9), M. Reynolds (5), A. Cabrera (36), D. Smith (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Stevenson (2), W. Difo (7)
  • HR - A. Lind (10)
  • RBI - A. Sanchez (4), A. Lind (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Sanchez (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Nimmo, J. Lagares 2 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Difo (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 14-7)7.251111003.391.1629.0
J. Blevins (H, 15)0.10000102.701.330.5
A. Ramos (S, 24)1.02112113.811.315.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 14-7)7.2
J. Blevins (H, 15)0.1
A. Ramos (S, 24)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cole (L, 1-4)6.04114804.501.5411.0
M. Grace1.13220104.391.37-1.5
J. Blanton1.22111006.561.60-1.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Cole (L, 1-4)6.0
M. Grace1.1
J. Blanton1.2
PITCHING
  • WP - J. deGrom (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-78, J. Blevins 4-3, A. Ramos 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 7-6
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 29, J. Blevins, A. Ramos 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cole 108-68, M. Grace 22-16, J. Blanton 28-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cole 2-7, M. Grace 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cole 25, M. Grace 7, J. Blanton 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Cespedes LF00000100.292.352.540.8921.0
M. Reynolds PR-LF31110111.197.264.273.5373.5
A. Cabrera 3B50210022.255.326.384.7103.0
D. Smith 1B30110000.184.212.388.5992.0
T. d'Arnaud C40100014.232.281.399.6790.5
A. Rosario SS30000115.247.273.435.7080.5
G. Cecchini 2B40000011.241.290.345.635-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Blevins in the 9th
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A. Sanchez 3B40110010.277.292.362.6531.5
D. Murphy 2B40000021.317.372.544.916-1.0
A. Lind 1B41211010.295.348.490.8386.5
W. Difo SS40200011.278.335.382.7164.5
M. Taylor CF40000032.259.301.465.766-1.5
A. De Aza LF30000011.056.100.056.156-0.5
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A. Cole P10000110.000.111.000.1110.5
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H. Kendrick LF20000003.332.381.507.8880.0
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  • a-walked for Blanton in the 9th
  • b-walked for Lobaton in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Lagares (7), A. Cabrera (21)
  • SF - D. Smith
  • RBI - J. Lagares (9), M. Reynolds (5), A. Cabrera (36), D. Smith (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Stevenson (2), W. Difo (7)
  • HR - A. Lind (10)
  • RBI - A. Sanchez (4), A. Lind (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Sanchez (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Nimmo, J. Lagares 2 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Difo (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 14-7)7.251111003.391.1629.0
J. Blevins (H, 15)0.10000102.701.330.5
A. Ramos (S, 24)1.02112113.811.315.5
Total9.07223121---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 14-7)7.2
J. Blevins (H, 15)0.1
A. Ramos (S, 24)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cole (L, 1-4)6.04114804.501.5411.0
M. Grace1.13220104.391.37-1.5
J. Blanton1.22111006.561.60-1.0
Total9.0944590---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cole (L, 1-4)6.0
M. Grace1.1
J. Blanton1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. deGrom (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-78, J. Blevins 4-3, A. Ramos 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 7-6
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 29, J. Blevins, A. Ramos 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cole 108-68, M. Grace 22-16, J. Blanton 28-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cole 2-7, M. Grace 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cole 25, M. Grace 7, J. Blanton 8
  • 9TH INNING
    Lind homered to center42
    Lagares singled to left center, Nimmo scored41
  • 8TH INNING
    Sanchez singled to right, Stevenson scored31
    Smith hit sacrifice fly to left, Reynolds scored30
    Reynolds singled to center, Lagares scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Cabrera singled to right, Nimmo scored, Cespedes to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Blanton Pitching:
    • G. Cecchini: Ball, Foul, Cecchini fouled out to left
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Jerry Blevins
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores flied out to right
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo singled to center
    • J. Lagares: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lagares singled to left center, Nimmo scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Lagares stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Lagares stole third
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • AJ Ramos pitching
    • A. Lind: Lind homered to center
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Difo doubled to deep right
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Taylor flied out to center
    • Anthony Rendon hit for Joe Blanton
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • Matt Wieters hit for Jose Lobaton
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked, Difo to third, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick lined out to right
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stevenson struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Lagares doubled to deep right center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds singled to center, Lagares scored
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera doubled to deep center, Reynolds to third
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith hit sacrifice fly to left, Reynolds scored
    • Howie Kendrick in left
    • Joe Blanton pitching
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud flied out to deep right, Cabrera to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Lobaton: Lobaton grounded out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Foul, Stevenson doubled to left center
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to right, Stevenson scored
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Jacob deGrom
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Grace relieved A.J. Cole
    • G. Cecchini: Ball, Foul, Cecchini grounded out to shortstop
    • J. deGrom: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Difo struck out on foul tip
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip
    • A. De Aza: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, De Aza struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Foul, Smith flied out to center
    • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Murphy lined out to center
    • A. Lind: Ball, Ball, Lind grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Lagares: Pickoff attempt, Lagares popped out to second
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. De Aza: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, De Aza lined out to right
    • J. Lobaton: Lobaton singled to left
    • A. Cole: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cole walked, Lobaton to second
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Stevenson lined out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud fouled out to right
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
    • G. Cecchini: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Cecchini grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rosario out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • A. Lind: Lind singled to left
    • W. Difo: Difo lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds fouled out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lobaton struck out swinging
    • A. Cole: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cole struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Stevenson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • G. Cecchini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cecchini struck out on foul tip
    • J. deGrom: Foul, Strike looking, deGrom reached on an infield single to first
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo lined out to center
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lagares grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lind struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Difo reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Difo stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • A. De Aza: Ball, Difo to third on wild pitch, De Aza grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lagares struck out looking
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cespedes walked, Nimmo to second
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right, Nimmo scored, Cespedes to second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to center, Cespedes to third, Cabrera to second
    • Matt Reynolds ran for Yoenis Cespedes
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Strike looking
    • d'Arnaud struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Ball, Stevenson flied out to left
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)