For most of Tuesday night it looked like Jacob deGrom was going to have his second straight sensational start. However he faltered at the end and the bullpen imploded to give up the lead. But the Mets tied the score and went on to win in extra innings.
The Mets did some damage with two outs in the third. With runners on first and second, Lucas Duda singled to drive in the first run of the game. Michael Cuddyer brought home two more runs with a single to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Meantime deGrom baffled the terrible Phillies through seven shutout innings. Surprisingly, Terry Collins allowed deGrom to stay in the game and bat for himself in the bottom of the inning seventh. He got the first out of the eighth, but then allowed two hits. Collins pulled him and brought in Hansel Robles. He promptly allowed a Ben Revere triple and suddenly it was a 3-2 game. Then even more suddenly, Freddy Galvis singled through the drawn-in infield and the game was tied at three. Robles was done after just four game-changing pitches. Alex Torres came on and allowed a single to put runners on first and third, still with one out. He struck out Ryan Howard for the second out. Then it was Carlos Torres’s turn. He allowed a single to Maikel Franco to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Jacob deGrom ended up going 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He took a no-decision.
But the Mets would not go away quietly. Lucas Duda walked to lead off the eighth against Ken Giles. Daniel Murphy doubled to put runners on second and third. Cuddyer struck out for the first out. Wilmer Flores hit a liner to center, deep enough for Duda to tag up and tie the game at four. Murphy moved to third. Darrell Ceciliani pinch hit and hit a little roller to third. Franco made a great play barehanded play and fine throw to nail him at first and keep the game tied.
Jeurys Familia came on for the ninth with the score tied. He walked Odubel Herrera to lead off the inning, and everyone smelled trouble. But Kevin Plawecki threw him out trying to steal second. Good thing because Carlos Ruiz singled up the middle. Old pal Jeff Francoeur grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The game went to extras. Familia pitched a scoreless tenth as well. Juan Lagares led off the bottom of the frame with a single. Duda followed with a walk. Murphy grounded into a double play, with Lagares moving to third. Cuddyer walked. Flores then singled over the shortstop to drive in the winning run.
Mets come back to win 5-4 in 10 innings.