SEATTLE — Jacob deGrom pitched six solid innings Saturday, but his streak of wins came to an end as the Mets lost to the Mariners 3-2 at Safeco Field.
DeGrom took his first loss since June 6. The righthander allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out 10.
“The worst pitch he threw was a hanging slider to (Jarrod) Dyson. Then he comes off, gets himself ready and doesn’t do it again,” Terry Collins said. “He doesn’t get too down about it, kept us in the game. We had a lot of opportunities, but we just didn’t score any runs.”
The Mets lost their third in four games because their offense could not get going. They left eight runners on base, stranding a combined six in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings alone. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets’ first run came on a bases-loaded walk and they didn’t get their second until Michael Conforto singled on a ground ball past Robinson Cano to drive in Wilmer Flores with two-outs in the top of the ninth.
That’s a shame, because deGrom had won eight straight starts, dating back to June 12, becoming the first Mets pitcher to win eight consecutive starts in a single season. Frank Viola had won nine straight over two seasons.
His strikeout of Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning was deGrom’s 10th of the day, making it his eighth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He’s the first to do that since David Cone in 1992.
He got into trouble with back-to-back hits to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. After striking out Danny Valencia, he hit Mitch Haniger in the mouth with a 95-mile an hour fastball to load the bases.
DeGrom then gave up the two-run single to Dyson.
In the third, Ben Gamel took third when Walker’s throw to second sailed into left field; Gamel then scored on Cruz’s sacrifice fly.
The Mets scored their first run in the sixth inning when Yoenis Cespedes and Walker hit back-to-back, two-out singles to chase Yovani Gallardo. Edwin Diaz (below) earned his 19th save for Seattle.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Michael Conforto ran deep into the gap between left and center field and laid out to catch Kyle Seager’s line drive to left in the third inning.
Jarrod Dyson’s two-run, bases-loaded single in the second inning proved to be the game-winner.
STAR OF THE GAME
Jacob deGrom struck out 10 and notched his eighth double-digit strikeout game of the season, the fourth most in the major leagues.
STAT OF THE DAY
8. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double Saturday and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games.
Michael Conforto usually makes the difference with his bat, but his defense was outstanding. Not only did he make the diving catch of Seager’s line drive in the third, he fired a bullet to nab Seager at the plate in the eighth.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 and grounded into a rally-killing double play in the seventh.
Sunday at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
RHP Seth Lugo (5-2, 4.10) vs. LHP James Paxton (10-3, 2.84)
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