No-hit duel into 7th, Mets’ deGrom tops SF’s Peavy
The Associated press | August 03,2014
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers to the plate during Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in New York.
NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom outpitched Jake Peavy in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday night before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.
Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.
Peavy was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged. The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and the rookie won win his fifth straight start.
Peavy (1-11) lost his 11th decision in a row, a streak that started with Boston.
This was the second time this season that a game didn’t have any hits until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang each had their no-hit bids broken up in the seventh on April 2.
Peavy had never taken a no-hit try past 5 1-3 innings, but the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was dealing in his second start for San Francisco.
Murphy’s double came soon after there was a brief delay when Sandoval ran into the third-base railing chasing a foul ball.
Morse took his first step in on Murphy’s line drive and couldn’t recover, setting off the Mets’ four-run inning. Travis d’Arnaud had a sacrifice fly, Juan Lagares hit an RBI single and Wilmer Flores added a two-run double.
Both deGrom and Peavy got some help in keeping the bases clear until Brandon Belt walked with two outs in the fifth.
The Mets backed their starter with fine glovework, while Peavy benefited from a replay call. DeGrom, batting eighth in the Mets’ lineup was initially safe for an infield hit in the third, but was the ruling was reversed.
DeGrom was pulled with one out in the eighth following pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa’s two-run single. In a career-high 7 1-3 innings, the lanky 26-year-old allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out seven in his 15th career start.
Jenrry Mejia put runners on the corners in the ninth but got former St. John’s star Joe Panik to ground out for his 16th save. Peavy allowed four runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.
Before the game, a fan injured his arm when he fell over a railing above the left-field wall and landed on the warning track.
Giants: Catcher Hector Sanchez, on the seven-day concussion list since July 26, went through a full workout. Manager Bruce Bochy says he’s not sure if Sanchez will need rehab games before he returns. Bochy said center fielder Angel Pagan (back) could play a rehab game for Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.
Mets: Right-hander Jeremy Hefner made his fifth minor league start since having Tommy John surgery Aug. 28. He allowed two runs and two hits over four innings for Class A St. Lucie.
Giants: Madison Bumgarner (12-8) takes a 2-0 record with a 1.80 ERA into his fourth career start against the Mets. Bumgarner can hit, too. He has two grand slams this year.