July 22, 2014: DeGrom Leads Five-Hitter Over Mariners

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Date: July 22, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 3
Mariners: 1
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Travis d'Arnaud, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda
Key play: d’Arnaud’s triple, Tejada’s single, Duda’s home run

The Mets faced the Mariners on a Tuesday night in Seattle. The teams played a two-hour and forty-nine-minute game at Safeco Field. Jacob deGrom and two relievers teamed up for a five-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win.

Mariners’ starter Erasmo Ramirez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. DeGrom yielded only a single to Endy Chavez in the bottom half and Bobby Abreu singled to lead off the top of the second. Travis d'Arnaud hit a triple to drive home Abreu with the first run of the game. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and Juan Lagares drew a walk. Ruben Tejada followed with a single to score d’Arnaud for a 2-0 Mets lead. Eric Young grounded out to Ramirez and a fly ball by Daniel Murphy was caught by left fielder Dustin Ackley for the inning’s third out. DeGrom then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Tejada was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fifth. Young grounded to second baseman Robinson Cano for a double play and Murphy got an infield single. David Wright grounded back to Ramirez to close out the inning and Willie Bloomquist singled with one out in the bottom half. Ackley hit a double to score Bloomquist and reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. On his own hit, Ackley moved to third base via an error by second baseman Murphy. Mike Zunino was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Young. DeGrom then got Chavez to ground out to Murphy and finish off the inning.

Ramirez and deGrom hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Jacob gave up only singles to Kyle Seager and Ackley (each with two outs) while Ramirez recorded four strikeouts in shutting down the Mets. With one out in the top of the eighth, Duda hit a solo home run against Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Abreu grounded out to Wilhelmsen and a fly ball by d’Arnaud was caught by right fielder Chavez for the final out of the inning. New York’s Jeurys Familia set down all three batters in the bottom half. Wilhelmsen then surrendered just a walk to Nieuwenhuis in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Seager on a ground ball to Murphy to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Corey Hart drew a walk and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Stefen Romero. Logan Morrison then hit a grounder back to Mejia for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with solid pitching.