Nimmo, Mets finally support deGrom in 12-2 win over Rockies

DENVER (AP) Brandon Nimmo began the game with an inside-the-park home run. Turned out he was just getting started.

Nimmo homered twice during a huge night at the plate, and the New York Mets finally gave Jacob deGrom some run support Monday in a 12-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

''It took a funny bounce (off the wall), so something was working my way for that first at-bat,'' Nimmo said. ''That was pretty cool and a great way to start it off. Just kind of loosened things up after that.''

Wilmer Flores and Devin Mesoraco also went deep for New York, which won its third straight following a prolonged slide. Nimmo had four hits and set a career high with four RBIs - one night after his go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning staved off defeat for the Mets and rallied them to a win at Arizona.

''I think everybody knew he was capable of playing at an elite level and that is pretty elite,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He goes out there and plays the game right every single day. He brings energy and it's paying off for him.''

After pitching in terrible luck for weeks as New York's hitters slumped, deGrom (5-2) got some help from his teammates at last. He allowed two runs - one earned - in eight innings to snap a two-game skid and win for the first time in six outings since May 18 against the Diamondbacks.

On the eve of his 30th birthday, the right-hander struck out seven, walked one and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.51. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in six career starts against Colorado.

The 12 runs the Mets scored were more than they managed in deGrom's previous eight starts combined. He had given up only five earned runs in his last five games - without a single win to show for it.

''I think he's proven over the last two years that he's in the conversation as one of the best pitchers in baseball,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

It was the eighth home loss in a row for the Rockies, who have permitted at least seven runs in all those games. Black was ejected in the fourth for arguing a call by first base umpire Bill Welke.

Tyler Anderson (4-2) went 5 1/3 innings for Colorado, yielding three runs and seven hits. And it was another rough outing collectively for the bullpen. Four relievers were tagged for nine runs in 4 2/3 innings.

''We're going to get out of this funk,'' said Jake McGee, who gave up Mesoraco's homer. ''For how close our clubhouse is, I know we're going to get out of it. And once we get out of it, we're going to be stronger than we were before.''

Playing in front of family and friends from his Wyoming hometown, Nimmo got the game off to a rousing start. He lofted a deep drive that hit off the right-center field wall and rolled away from Carlos Gonzalez. By the time the right fielder chased it down, Nimmo had charged past third base and went into home standing up, well ahead of a weak throw.

''I haven't done that before,'' he said. ''That was fun.''

Nimmo became the third Mets player to lead off a game with an inside-the-park home run and first since Angel Pagan on Aug. 23, 2009, against Philadelphia. The previous New York player with an inside-the-park homer was Ruben Tejada on Sept. 2, 2015, also against the Phillies.

Nimmo's second home run of the night came in the seventh off Harrison Musgrave and went over the center-field fence, allowing him to round the bases at a more conventional pace.

The Mets added six runs in the ninth on a pair of bases-loaded walks by reliever Jeff Hoffman, Amed Rosario's two-run double and Nimmo's two-run single.

TOUGH UMP

Plate umpire Tony Randazzo endured a painful night, twice getting struck by foul balls, but he saw it through. He was hit on his left hand by a foul tip off the bat of Nolan Arenado in the third inning but had team trainers wrap some protective tape around his hand and went back to work. In the sixth, a foul ball off the bat of Michael Conforto struck him at the base of his neck just above his protective breastplate. Clearly in pain, Randazzo was tended to again by trainers but managed to shake it off after a few minutes and stay in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Slumping RF Jay Bruce was scratched from the lineup because of nagging hip soreness. He has missed four of the last five starts, and Callaway said Bruce will be re-evaluated in the next day or two. Callaway said the disabled list remains an option. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard, sidelined since May 26 with a strained ligament in his right index finger, played catch and came out of it well. He's expected to do some longer tosses, 75 to 80 feet, as part of his ongoing rehab effort.

Rockies: RHP Carlos Estevez faced hitters for the first time since going on the DL with a strain in his pitching elbow near the end of spring training. Estevez threw about 20 pitches to Tony Wolters, Ryan McMahon and Noel Cuevas and reported to team trainers that he came out of the session pain-free.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (2-5, 7.39 ERA) starts Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-7, 5.13) is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in three starts this month.

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  • W: J. deGrom (5-2)L: T. Anderson (4-2)
  • HR: NYM - D. Mesoraco (7), W. Flores (4), B. Nimmo 2 (12)
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for deGrom in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for McGee in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto 2 (8), A. Rosario 2 (12)
  • HR - B. Nimmo 2 (12), W. Flores (4), D. Mesoraco (7)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo 4 (22), W. Flores (15), D. Mesoraco 3 (16), J. Bautista 2 (11), A. Rosario 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo 2 (11), A. Rosario 2 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (14), C. Gonzalez (8), G. Parra (12)
  • RBI - G. Parra (27)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Flores)
  • E - J. Bautista (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 5-2)8.05211701.510.9930.5
P. Sewald1.00001104.741.182.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 5-2)8.0
P. Sewald1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson (L, 4-2)5.17332524.521.330.5
H. Musgrave1.22220214.711.140.0
J. McGee1.02110115.401.390.5
J. Hoffman0.125530014.732.73-10.0
B. Pounders0.22110108.161.81-2.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson (L, 4-2)5.1
H. Musgrave1.2
J. McGee1.0
J. Hoffman0.1
B. Pounders0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 106-79, P. Sewald 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 12-4
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 29, P. Sewald 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. McGee (4)
  • IBB - J. Hoffman
  • HBP - T. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 104-69, H. Musgrave 24-15, J. McGee 17-12, J. Hoffman 20-10, B. Pounders 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 6-4, H. Musgrave 2-1, J. McGee 2-0, J. Hoffman 1-0, B. Pounders 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 25, H. Musgrave 7, J. McGee 5, J. Hoffman 6, B. Pounders 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Cabrera 2B61200033.272.311.475.7861.5
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T. Frazier 3B51100002.224.325.398.7222.0
W. Flores 1B51111012.252.324.423.7475.5
M. Conforto CF42300100.225.354.397.75110.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for deGrom in the 9th
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D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.281.327.453.7801.5
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N. Arenado 3B40000011.305.395.542.937-0.5
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T. Story SS20000201.268.342.526.8682.0
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T. Anderson P20000020.087.192.087.279-1.0
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B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for McGee in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto 2 (8), A. Rosario 2 (12)
  • HR - B. Nimmo 2 (12), W. Flores (4), D. Mesoraco (7)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo 4 (22), W. Flores (15), D. Mesoraco 3 (16), J. Bautista 2 (11), A. Rosario 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo 2 (11), A. Rosario 2 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (14), C. Gonzalez (8), G. Parra (12)
  • RBI - G. Parra (27)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Flores)
  • E - J. Bautista (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 5-2)8.05211701.510.9930.5
P. Sewald1.00001104.741.182.5
Total9.0521280---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 5-2)8.0
P. Sewald1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson (L, 4-2)5.17332524.521.330.5
H. Musgrave1.22220214.711.140.0
J. McGee1.02110115.401.390.5
J. Hoffman0.125530014.732.73-10.0
B. Pounders0.22110108.161.81-2.5
Total9.0151212594---
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson (L, 4-2)5.1
H. Musgrave1.2
J. McGee1.0
J. Hoffman0.1
B. Pounders0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 106-79, P. Sewald 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 12-4
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 29, P. Sewald 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. McGee (4)
  • IBB - J. Hoffman
  • HBP - T. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 104-69, H. Musgrave 24-15, J. McGee 17-12, J. Hoffman 20-10, B. Pounders 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 6-4, H. Musgrave 2-1, J. McGee 2-0, J. Hoffman 1-0, B. Pounders 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 25, H. Musgrave 7, J. McGee 5, J. Hoffman 6, B. Pounders 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Nimmo singled to right center, Reyes and Rosario scored122
    Rosario doubled to right, Mesoraco and Bautista scored, Reyes to third102
    Bautista walked, Frazier scored, Conforto to third, Mesoraco to second82
    Mesoraco walked, Cabrera scored, Frazier to third, Conforto to second72
  • 8TH INNING
    Mesoraco homered to left, Conforto scored62
  • 7TH INNING
    Desmond singled to right, Parra scored, Desmond to second on right fielder Bautista fielding error42
    Nimmo homered to center41
  • 4TH INNING
    Flores homered to left center31
  • 2ND INNING
    Parra doubled to right center, Gonzalez scored21
    Bautista grounded out to pitcher, Conforto scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Nimmo homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeff Hoffman pitching
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Frazier singled to center, Cabrera to third
    • W. Flores: Foul, Flores grounded out to pitcher, Frazier to second
    • M. Conforto: Conforto intentionally walked
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco walked, Cabrera scored, Frazier to third, Conforto to second
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Frazier scored, Conforto to third, Mesoraco to second
    • Jose Reyes hit for Jacob deGrom
    • Brooks Pounders relieved Jeff Hoffman
    • J. Reyes: Reyes reached on fielder's choice to first, Conforto out at home, Mesoraco to third, Bautista to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario doubled to right, Mesoraco and Bautista scored, Reyes to third
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo singled to right center, Reyes and Rosario scored
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Paul Sewald pitching
    • Luis Guillorme at second base
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to deep center
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Story walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Story to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Foul, Parra lined out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • H. Musgrave Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto doubled to right
    • Jake McGee relieved Harrison Musgrave
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Conforto to third on wild pitch, Foul, Mesoraco homered to left, Conforto scored
    • J. Bautista: Bautista grounded out to shortstop
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, deGrom grounded out to first
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rosario doubled to center
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Noel Cuevas hit for Jake McGee
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cuevas grounded out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • H. Musgrave Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo homered to center
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra reached on an infield single to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond singled to right, Parra scored, Desmond to second on right fielder Bautista fielding error
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Flores struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Conforto reached on an infield single to third
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco hit by pitch, Conforto to second
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Conforto to third, Mesoraco to second
    • Harrison Musgrave relieved Tyler Anderson
    • J. deGrom: Ball, deGrom reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Conforto out at home, Mesoraco to third, Bautista to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario singled to shallow left
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo singled to right, Rosario to second
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play third to first, Rosario out at third, Nimmo to second
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Flores homered to left center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Conforto grounded out to third
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mesoraco grounded out to third
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, deGrom flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • G. Parra: Parra lined into double play first, Story out at first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow center
    • T. Frazier: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Frazier popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu doubled to deep right center
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to deep left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Conforto doubled to left center
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco grounded out to third
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto stole third, Bautista grounded out to pitcher, Conforto scored
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to left
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Story flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra doubled to right center, Gonzalez scored
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond grounded out to second, Parra to third
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Nimmo homered to right center
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier lined out to third
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)