If there was any moron still doubting that Jacob deGrom is a legitimate All-Star, it had to be erased Wednesday afternoon, even for those rocket scientists. deGrom threw eight shutout innings as the Mets beat the Giants and took the series in San Francisco.
Jake Peavy matched deGrom’s zeroes until the sixth. After Ruben Tejada singled, Daniel Murphy hit a tough grounder to short. Brandon Crawford made a nice play, but then he threw it away, allowing Tejada to score all the way from first. The hit and error gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Eric Campbell and deGrom both singled to lead off the seventh, with Campbell advancing to third. He would score on a Juan Lagares ground out to extend the Mets lead to 2-0.
Campbell hit a two-run home run in the ninth to give the Mets a nice cushion.
At 99 pitches, Terry Collins would not let deGrom go back out for the ninth, denying him a chance for his first career complete game and shutout. But he was masterful, allowing just two hits, striking out 10 Giants and walking one. He upped his record to 9-6 and lowered his ERA to 2.14. It’s still fifth best in the league.
Campbell’s homer took away a save opportunity, so Bobby Parnell came on instead of the warming Jeurys Familia for the ninth. But after Parnell allowed a run, the save opportunity was on again and Familia came in with one out and a runner in first. The should-be All-Star got one out, then allowed a single to bring the potential tying run to the plate. But he got Andrew Susac on a grounder up the middle for his 24th save of the season.
Mets win 4-1 as they go 4-2 on their road trip against two very good teams in the Dodgers and Giants.