Fittingly, Jacob deGrom’s final pitch Tuesday froze Dan Uggla for strike three to end the seventh inning. DeGrom sprung from the mound, the finest pitching performance of his young major league career complete, and was allowed to watch comfortably as the Mets finished off a rare laugher. The rookie’s seven shutout innings helped the Mets cruise to a third straight victory and fourth in five games, 8-3 over the Braves at Citi Field. DeGrom (2-5) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. He joined Nolan Ryan and Dwight Gooden as the only pitchers in franchise history with at least two 11-strikeout games among their first 11 career appearances. The right-hander was the losing pitcher at Turner Field last week, when he allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings, and used that performance against Julio Teheran as motivation in Tuesday’s rematch. “I wanted to go out and get the win because me and him matched up last time,” deGrom said. “I gave up three in the first inning [last time] and I wanted to go out and try to put up zeroes tonight.” The Mets pounded out a season-high 18 hits against Teheran and the Braves bullpen in winning at Citi Field for the seventh time in 10 games. Over that stretch, the Mets have averaged 5.3 runs. Maybe the best part of deGrom’s performance was the fact he did not walk a batter and was relatively efficient with his pitches until the Braves tested his patience in the sixth. “He had very good stuff and he showed you he can pitch, he can certainly compete in this league,” manager Terry Collins said. “If he keeps going out there and using both sides of the plate and throwing his offspeed stuff for strikes, because of his competitiveness he’s going to be just fine.” Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton each delivered a single with two outs in the sixth, running deGrom’s pitch count to 91, before Jason Heyward was retired on a diving grab by David Wright to conclude the inning.
DeGrom’s gem helps Mets earn 3rd straight win
New York Post | Jul 9