Helping Cy shot, deGrom drops ERA to 1.77; Mets top Nats 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) No pitcher ever has put together a season quite like Jacob deGrom's 2018 for the New York Mets.

The 23 consecutive quality starts are a record. So are the 28 starting assignments in a row allowing three runs or fewer. The 1.77 ERA isn't too shabby, either.

And he might just wind up with the fewest wins for a starting pitcher who earns a Cy Young Award, too. Boosting his bid for the NL honor, deGrom broke a quality-starts mark first established by Bob Gibson a half-century ago, allowing one run and three singles in seven innings to help the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night.

''He's just getting better and better. He's a special ballplayer. He goes out there every night and it's tough that he only has nine wins or eight wins or whatever he has,'' said Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, who went 0 for 3 against deGrom, including a pair of strikeouts and a chopper back to the pitcher. ''He's one of the best in baseball - from both leagues. You know what you're going to get out of him every single night and tonight he was pretty tough.''

About an hour after their loss ended, Harper and the Nationals officially were eliminated from contention in the NL East, dropping nine games behind the Atlanta Braves with eight remaining. Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. Washington won the division each of the past two seasons under then-manager Dusty Baker; the club is 77-77 under rookie skipper Dave Martinez.

Throwing fastballs in the 97-99 mph range, deGrom (9-9) struck out eight and walked one. Gibson in 1968 and Chris Carpenter in 2005 each had single-season runs of 22 quality starts. No one had done better. Until now.

''I want us to be in every ballgame that I pitch, so I guess that kind of is an accomplishment of a goal that I have,'' deGrom said. ''So I want to continue to do that moving forward.''

His next start will be Wednesday against visiting Atlanta. That's for sure. Neither deGrom nor manager Mickey Callaway would rule out the possibility of an extra outing on short rest on the regular season's final day, Sept. 30, at home against Miami.

The right-handed deGrom has given up as many as four earned runs in only one of his 31 starts in 2018, back on April 10 against the Marlins.

So Friday's game was pretty much wrapped up by the third inning, which ended with the Mets ahead 4-1 against Joe Ross (0-1).

DeGrom is locked in what's considered a tight race for Cy Young honors - and perhaps league MVP consideration, too - with Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who is 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA and 290 strikeouts. Scherzer has won the past two Cy Young Awards in the NL, plus one in the AL when he played for the Detroit Tigers.

In the Mets' 5-4 victory in 12 innings Thursday, Scherzer gave up three runs in seven innings and struck out 13.

Entering Friday, deGrom boasted a majors-leading 1.78 ERA, 251 Ks and 45 walks, and ranked No. 1 in various other categories.

DeGrom looked good from the outset, striking out leadoff hitter Victor Robles with a 98 mph fastball, then getting Harper to swing through a 99 mph offering to end the first inning. Harper missed a 93 mph slider to strike out again in the fourth.

''He's just able to do things other guys aren't,'' Mets teammate Jay Bruce said about deGrom. ''He goes out there and it's been pretty automatic. He's either going to give up zero or one, pretty much every time he goes out there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Mesoraco hadn't played since leaving a game Sept. 3 because of a bulging disk in his back. He was 3 for 3 with a walk.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton was out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games, because of a sore and stiff left knee.

UP NEXT

RHP Corey Oswalt (3-2, 6.31 ERA) will start for the Mets on Saturday against RHP Austin Voth (0-1, 11.81), who will take RHP Tanner Roark's spot in the rotation. Roark's wife recently gave birth.

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  • W: J. deGrom (9-9)L: J. Ross (0-1)S: R. Gsellman (12)
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D. Smith 1B41110013.213.244.402.6462.5
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J. deGrom P30000002.169.206.185.3900.0
b- A. Jackson PH-CF10000011.248.302.330.633-0.5
  • a-lined out for Lugo in the 9th
  • b-struck out for deGrom in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Rendon 3B31110110.305.369.521.8903.5
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  • a-singled for Cordero in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (26), M. Conforto (23), J. Bruce (17), D. Mesoraco 2 (10)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (35), D. Smith (9), D. Mesoraco (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (19), D. Smith (5), D. Mesoraco (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Reyes, B. Nimmo, D. Smith 3 (3), A. Jackson
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (24)
  • SF - R. Zimmerman (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (83), R. Zimmerman (49)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, R. Zimmerman, J. Ross
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - W. Difo
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-McNeil)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Soto (4)
  • E - A. Rendon (6)
  • PB - S. Kieboom (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 9-9)7.03111801.770.9430.0
S. Lugo (H, 11)1.01001102.691.091.5
R. Gsellman (S, 12)1.02110104.001.277.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 9-9)7.0
S. Lugo (H, 11)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (L, 0-1)6.08431304.091.365.5
T. Collins1.00001102.951.452.5
J. Cordero1.00001207.712.073.0
A. Williams1.00001005.631.882.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (L, 0-1)6.0
T. Collins1.0
J. Cordero1.0
A. Williams1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 98-64, S. Lugo 15-9, R. Gsellman 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-3, S. Lugo 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 24, S. Lugo 4, R. Gsellman 5
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Williams
  • HBP - J. Ross (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 95-65, T. Collins 19-9, J. Cordero 17-11, A. Williams 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 9-6, J. Cordero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 28, T. Collins 4, J. Cordero 4, A. Williams 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bruce RF41220011.227.309.383.6925.5
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B. Nimmo CF-RF20000102.264.398.490.8882.0
D. Smith 1B41110013.213.244.402.6462.5
T. Frazier 3B40000021.218.300.399.699-1.0
D. Mesoraco C30310100.223.306.391.6977.0
J. deGrom P30000002.169.206.185.3900.0
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  • a-lined out for Lugo in the 9th
  • b-struck out for deGrom in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Robles CF40100012.206.282.294.5760.5
T. Turner SS41100011.268.339.403.7422.5
B. Harper RF40000021.244.391.494.885-1.0
A. Rendon 3B31110110.305.369.521.8903.5
J. Soto LF40100011.296.409.515.9250.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30010001.267.337.498.8351.0
W. Difo 2B30000011.234.301.360.661-0.5
S. Kieboom C20100110.212.302.310.6121.5
J. Ross P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Cordero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Williams P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Cordero in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (26), M. Conforto (23), J. Bruce (17), D. Mesoraco 2 (10)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (35), D. Smith (9), D. Mesoraco (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (19), D. Smith (5), D. Mesoraco (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Reyes, B. Nimmo, D. Smith 3 (3), A. Jackson
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (24)
  • SF - R. Zimmerman (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (83), R. Zimmerman (49)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, R. Zimmerman, J. Ross
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - W. Difo
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-McNeil)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Soto (4)
  • E - A. Rendon (6)
  • PB - S. Kieboom (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 9-9)7.03111801.770.9430.0
S. Lugo (H, 11)1.01001102.691.091.5
R. Gsellman (S, 12)1.02110104.001.277.5
Total9.06222100---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 9-9)7.0
S. Lugo (H, 11)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (L, 0-1)6.08431304.091.365.5
T. Collins1.00001102.951.452.5
J. Cordero1.00001207.712.073.0
A. Williams1.00001005.631.882.0
Total9.0843460---
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (L, 0-1)6.0
T. Collins1.0
J. Cordero1.0
A. Williams1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 98-64, S. Lugo 15-9, R. Gsellman 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 9-3, S. Lugo 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 24, S. Lugo 4, R. Gsellman 5
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Williams
  • HBP - J. Ross (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 95-65, T. Collins 19-9, J. Cordero 17-11, A. Williams 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 9-6, J. Cordero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 28, T. Collins 4, J. Cordero 4, A. Williams 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Rendon singled to center, Turner scored42
  • 3RD INNING
    Mesoraco doubled to left, Smith scored, Frazier out at home41
    Smith singled to right, Bruce scored31
    Bruce doubled to deep right center, Conforto scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Zimmerman hit sacrifice fly to center, Rendon scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Bruce singled to left, Rosario scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Austen Williams pitching
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario popped out to second
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, McNeil lined out to second
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • Jose Reyes hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Conforto to second on wild pitch, Ball, Reyes lined out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner doubled to deep right center
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Harper flied out to deep left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to center, Turner scored
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to deep right
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jimmy Cordero relieved Tim Collins
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to third
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco walked
    • Austin Jackson hit for Jacob deGrom
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kieboom walked
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Jimmy Cordero
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Stevenson singled to left, Kieboom to second
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles hit into double play second to third, Kieboom out at third, Stevenson out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tim Collins relieved Joe Ross
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, McNeil popped out to first
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto walked
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Nimmo flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mesoraco singled to deep right
    • J. deGrom: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, deGrom grounded out to pitcher, Mesoraco to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles fouled out to first
    • T. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Bruce grounded out to first
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Smith grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Foul, Difo grounded out to first
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kieboom singled to left center
    • J. Ross: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ross struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. deGrom: deGrom flied out to deep left
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, McNeil fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil grounded out to first
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto doubled to deep left
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bruce doubled to deep right center, Conforto scored
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to first, Bruce to third
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith singled to right, Bruce scored
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon fielding error, Smith to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco doubled to left, Smith scored, Frazier out at home
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • J. Ross: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ross struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Robles singled to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mesoraco doubled to left
    • J. deGrom: Foul, deGrom lined out to right
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto singled to right, Rendon to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman hit sacrifice fly to center, Rendon scored
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soto out at second
    • S. Kieboom: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Difo picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario doubled to deep center
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to left
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto fouled out to third
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bruce singled to left, Rosario scored
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Bruce to second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Harper struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)