The Miami Marlins scored!
Seriously, the Marlins scored for the first time in 27 innings, and it happened with Jacob deGrom on the mound as Miami’s bats came alive against deGrom for seven runs and snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 8-6.
DeGrom won his first Cy Young Award last season by his incredibly dominant 1.70 ERA, a 0.912 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
That did not matter on Friday night, as deGrom (3-5) gave up nine hits, and the run total against him was a season high. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner’s ERA rose from 3.26 to 3.98.
“Tonight’s on me. I did a terrible job out there,” deGrom said. “I let it get out of hand.”
The Mets needed a strong performance from deGrom after losing their second straight game on Thursday, falling 7-6 at Washington.
The Marlins entered Friday’s game as the worst team in the majors. Moreover, they entered the game last place in hits, runs, home runs, and slugging percentage. Trevor Richards (1-5) came to the rescue with the better pitching performance. And Sergio Romo sealed their 11th win.
Richards (1-5) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his first victory in nine starts this year. Sergio Romo stranded two runners in the eighth and another in the ninth for the first two-inning save of his 658-game career.
“A pretty emotional win for us,” Romo said. “We just beat one of the best pitchers in the world. That’s pretty good.”
Entering the game, the Marlins, have been shut out nine times this season.
Garrett Cooper’s two-run single in the third brought home Miami’s first runs since Saturday — also against deGrom.
The sky is the limit from there.
Jorge Alfaro hit a 456-foot home run, only the Marlins’ second homer since May 6 of the month (271 at-bats during the drought), and drove in three. Brian Anderson doubled twice and scored twice.
“It is nice to see our guys get on the board and have some fun with the bats,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
The Marlins ended a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Mets.
The beat goes on.
For the Mets LHP Steven Matz (forearm irritation) is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the first time since May 3. He’s 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA and beat Miami on April 1.
The home Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (2-5, 5.93) gave up a career-high ten runs in his most recent outing, which came against the Mets on May 10. He lasted only three innings.