Mets cruise past Phillies, 10-0
By AARON BRACY
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom got a scare when he was hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, but the New York Mets ace was so relieved to have escaped serious injury that he could even joke about what happened.
DeGrom pitched brilliantly until he was forced to exit in the seventh inning, and the Mets homered four times to rout the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 on Thursday night.
DeGrom (13-5) was nailed in the back of the right arm, just above the elbow, by Nick Williams’ liner. X-rays were negative, and the team said deGrom had a bruised triceps.
DeGrom sported a huge lump on the back of his right arm. The right-hander ended his postgame interview by joking that at least he now has a triceps.
“It didn’t feel good when it hit me, but it’s all right now,” he said. “I was fortunate enough that it didn’t hit me in the elbow.”
The 29-year-old deGrom initially smiled when manager Terry Collins went out to check on him. But deGrom never threw a warmup pitch and didn’t protest Collins’ decision to take him out.
“Just a contusion, so we’re very lucky,” Collins said.
The manager said he is “hoping” deGrom will be able to make his next start.
DeGrom gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine without a walk. He improved to 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his last 11 starts while upping his career mark against Philadelphia to 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 starts.
“I was able to locate pretty well,” deGrom said. “I had a pretty good feel for my slider and changeup. So I was getting ahead strike one and going from there.”
The injury-ravaged Mets already are without starters Noah Snydergaard (right lat tear), Matt Harvey (stress injury to right shoulder) and Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm), depleting their highly touted starting rotation.
It had been a feel-good night to that point for the Mets, who avoided falling 12 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season with just their second win in the last seven games.
Wilmer Flores finished a triple shy of the cycle, Neil Walker had four hits including a homer, and Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson also went deep as the Mets continued their power surge at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets have hit 51 homers in their last 23 games in Philadelphia.
Flores hit a three-run shot to straightaway center in the first off Vince Velasquez (2-7). Velasquez didn’t return after his shaky 32-pitch first inning due to numbness on the tip of his right middle finger. The right-hander was making his fifth start after being sidelined for 1 ¢ months due to a right elbow flexor strain.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Velasquez will be evaluated further today.
“It’s not affecting my elbow and it’s not affecting my shoulder; it’s just that one specific spot,” Velasquez said.
Mark Leiter Jr. replaced Velasquez and gave up a solo shot to Walker in the third before settling down to strike out seven in five strong innings of relief.
Conforto stayed hot and blew the game open in the seventh with an opposite-field, three-run homer off the foul pole in left. The home run extended Conforto’s career high to 24 on the season while giving him 11 in his last 13 games.
Granderson hit a two-run drive in the ninth.
Odubel Herrera extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 consecutive games with a seventh-inning single for the Phillies.