DeGrom goes distance, drops ERA to 1.71, Mets top Phils 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jacob deGrom didn't take any chances of being lifted after a rain delay. Then, the New York Mets ace finished off one of his best performances of the year.

DeGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71, leading the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday.

It appeared deGrom's day might be cut short due to a 41-minute rain delay that began in the middle of the fourth. Pitching coach Dave Eiland put a 45-minute limit on returning.

DeGrom was so eager to resume that he walked toward the Philadelphia dugout to get a ball to warm up. He began to get loose on the mound before the umpires returned and prior to the Phillies' grounds crew raking the field. He was forced to wait several minutes before throwing his final warmup toss as the field was being groomed.

''I didn't want to get close to that 45 minutes,'' he said.

DeGrom (8-7) kept boosting his NL Cy Young Award credentials and allowed only an unearned run, the result of his own error. He gave up seven hits, walked none, struck out nine and threw his hardest pitch, a 99 mph fastball, on the next-to-last of his 108 pitches.

''Jacob has continued to prove why he is probably the front-runner at this point,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

DeGrom has thrown three complete games in 132 starts in the majors. He tossed a one-hitter at Citizens Bank Park on July 17, 2016, in a 5-0 win over the Phillies.

Eiland approached deGrom prior to the ninth, and the right-hander was emphatic that he wanted to finish.

''I definitely wanted it badly,'' deGrom said. ''I said, `I'm going out there.' And he was fine with it.''

DeGrom allowed a leadoff single to Rhys Hoskins in the fourth and then retired nine of 10 before the seventh, when Philadelphia got its lone run.

DeGrom pulled within two starts of Dwight Gooden's club record with his 22nd consecutive start allowing three runs or less. He also eclipsed 200 strikeouts, finishing with 204 for the season. The two-time All-Star entered second in the NL and sixth in the majors in Ks.

''A lot of life on his fastball and best slider of the year,'' catcher Devin Mesoraco said. ''He had everything working. Very impressive.''

Hoskins and Maikel Franco each doubled among their two hits for the Phillies, who began the day a half-game behind Atlanta in the NL East and leading the NL wild-card race.

Jake Arrieta (9-8) allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six strong innings.

The Mets went ahead in the fourth when Jeff McNeil scored from third on Wilmer Flores' single that caromed off the third-base bag and into left field.

New York took a 3-0 lead in the seventh with a pair of runs off Luis Garcia. Mesoraco homered and Amed Rosario scored on McNeil's first career triple.

The Phillies scored after Nick Williams and Franco hit consecutive one-out singles. Williams scored when deGrom couldn't handle Rosario's throw from short on a potential double-play on Odubel Herrera's groundball.

But the Mets got out of the inning when deGrom threw to first, where second baseman McNeil tagged out Herrera, who couldn't get back to the bag after making a move toward second base.

WHO'S ON FIRST?

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler stuck with Carlos Santana at first base for defensive purposes despite Justin Bour's strong career numbers against deGrom. Bour, acquired Aug. 10 from Miami to provide pop off the bench, entered 8 for 21 with two homers off deGrom.

''I thought long and hard about Bour starting today,'' Kapler said. ''I really wanted to find a way to get (Bour) in there today, but with Jake Arrieta on the mound, it's very important that we put our best defensive infield out there.''

Bour struck out pinch hitting in the eighth. Santana was 1 for 4 with a strikeout.

ROTATION CHANGES

Callaway said RHP Corey Oswalt will move to the bullpen to keep the Mets with a five-man starting rotation. Oswalt is 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA in nine games, eight of which are starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: OF Jay Bruce (sore right hip), on the DL since June 18, went 0 for 3 in a rehab outing with Single-A St. Lucie on Friday night.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff is scheduled to throw 75 pitches in a rehab outing with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Eickhoff has been out all season with a right lat strain.

UP NEXT

The teams wrap up their five-game series on Sunday night at Bowman Field in Williamsport as part of the Little League Classic. Mets LHP Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.10) opposes Phillies RHP Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.37). Vargas has struggled but had success against the Phillies the last time he faced them in 2011 with Seattle, pitching a three-hit shutout.

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  • HR: NYM - D. Mesoraco (10)
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    C. Hernandez 2B40100010.260.368.366.7340.5
    R. Hoskins LF40200021.257.369.510.8784.0
    C. Santana 1B40100012.217.352.395.7470.5
    W. Ramos C40000012.304.351.503.854-0.5
    N. Williams RF41100011.265.331.456.7871.5
    M. Franco 3B30200000.282.324.486.8093.0
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    S. Kingery SS20000010.225.266.329.595-0.5
    a- A. Cabrera PH-SS10000000.269.321.472.7930.0
    J. Arrieta P10000000.135.179.216.3960.0
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    c- J. Bour PH10000010.227.345.406.751-0.5
    H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-fouled out for Kingery in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Arrieta in the 6th
    • c-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Frazier (12)
    • 3B - J. McNeil
    • HR - D. Mesoraco (10)
    • RBI - J. McNeil (6), W. Flores (46), D. Mesoraco (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Flores, A. Jackson 2 (2), J. Bautista 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Hoskins (29), M. Franco (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, C. Santana, N. Williams, O. Herrera
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. McNeil
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Hoskins (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rosario-McNeil-Flores)
    • E - J. deGrom
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Arrieta (4), C. Santana (9)
    • PB - W. Ramos (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. deGrom (W, 8-7)9.07100901.710.9634.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. deGrom (W, 8-7)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Arrieta (L, 9-8)6.04110603.251.2114.0
    L. Garcia1.03220213.971.18-1.0
    E. Ramos1.00000201.851.184.0
    H. Neris1.00000206.341.414.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Arrieta (L, 9-8)6.0
    L. Garcia1.0
    E. Ramos1.0
    H. Neris1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 108-78
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-7
    • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 32
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Arrieta (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 96-61, L. Garcia 23-13, E. Ramos 16-10, H. Neris 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 6-7, H. Neris 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, L. Garcia 6, E. Ramos 3, H. Neris 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. McNeil 2B41210000.278.352.430.7838.0
    W. Flores 1B40110002.272.325.444.7692.0
    M. Conforto LF40000022.238.352.410.762-1.0
    T. Frazier 3B30200000.233.314.403.7174.0
    A. Jackson CF40000045.287.344.386.730-2.0
    J. Bautista RF40000023.200.345.376.721-1.0
    D. Mesoraco C41111010.219.304.388.6935.5
    J. deGrom P40000030.115.164.135.298-1.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Hernandez 2B40100010.260.368.366.7340.5
      R. Hoskins LF40200021.257.369.510.8784.0
      C. Santana 1B40100012.217.352.395.7470.5
      W. Ramos C40000012.304.351.503.854-0.5
      N. Williams RF41100011.265.331.456.7871.5
      M. Franco 3B30200000.282.324.486.8093.0
      O. Herrera CF30000002.268.321.442.7640.0
      S. Kingery SS20000010.225.266.329.595-0.5
      a- A. Cabrera PH-SS10000000.269.321.472.7930.0
      J. Arrieta P10000000.135.179.216.3960.0
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      c- J. Bour PH10000010.227.345.406.751-0.5
      H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-fouled out for Kingery in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Arrieta in the 6th
      • c-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Frazier (12)
      • 3B - J. McNeil
      • HR - D. Mesoraco (10)
      • RBI - J. McNeil (6), W. Flores (46), D. Mesoraco (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Flores, A. Jackson 2 (2), J. Bautista 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Hoskins (29), M. Franco (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, C. Santana, N. Williams, O. Herrera
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. McNeil
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Hoskins (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rosario-McNeil-Flores)
      • E - J. deGrom
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Arrieta (4), C. Santana (9)
      • PB - W. Ramos (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. deGrom (W, 8-7)9.07100901.710.9634.5
      Total9.0710090---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. deGrom (W, 8-7)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Arrieta (L, 9-8)6.04110603.251.2114.0
      L. Garcia1.03220213.971.18-1.0
      E. Ramos1.00000201.851.184.0
      H. Neris1.00000206.341.414.0
      Total9.07330121---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Arrieta (L, 9-8)6.0
      L. Garcia1.0
      E. Ramos1.0
      H. Neris1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 108-78
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-7
      • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 32
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Arrieta (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 96-61, L. Garcia 23-13, E. Ramos 16-10, H. Neris 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 6-7, H. Neris 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, L. Garcia 6, E. Ramos 3, H. Neris 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Herrera hit into double play first to shortstop to pitcher to second, Williams scored, Franco out at second on pitcher deGrom fielding error31
        McNeil tripled to deep center, Rosario scored30
        Mesoraco homered to left center20
      • 4TH INNING
        Flores singled to left, McNeil scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Neris pitching
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco grounded out to third
        • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, deGrom struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Santana singled to center
        • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Santana out at second
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Williams grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Edubray Ramos relieved Luis Garcia
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep left
        • A. Jackson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Asdrubal Cabrera hit for Scott Kingery
        • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera fouled out to left
        • Justin Bour hit for Edubray Ramos
        • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Luis Garcia pitching
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco homered to left center
        • J. deGrom: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to right center
        • J. McNeil: Pickoff attempt, McNeil tripled to deep center, Rosario scored
        • W. Flores: Flores popped out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Williams: Williams singled to center
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco singled to center, Williams to second
        • O. Herrera: Herrera hit into double play first to shortstop to pitcher to second, Williams scored, Franco out at second on pitcher deGrom fielding error
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McNeil safe at first on 1st baseman Santana fielding error
        • W. Flores: Ball, Flores lined out to center
        • M. Conforto: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Conforto flied out to deep left
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, McNeil stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Roman Quinn hit for Jake Arrieta
        • R. Quinn: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to first
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins doubled to right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco struck out looking
        • J. deGrom: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, deGrom grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: McNeil singled to center
        • W. Flores: Ball, McNeil to third on Arrieta throwing error, Flores singled to left, McNeil scored
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • T. Frazier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to right, Flores to second
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Flores to third, Frazier to second on passed ball, Bautista popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Hoskins singled to right center
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana popped out to second
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hoskins stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco flied out to deep center
        • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, deGrom struck out looking
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery lined out to second
        • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arrieta lined out to center
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to deep left
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to third
        • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams fouled out to third
        • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Franco doubled to deep left
        • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Arrieta Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario lined out to center
        • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, McNeil popped out to third
        • W. Flores: Foul, Foul, Ball, Flores grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Hoskins struck out on foul tip
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)