Mets’ Jacob deGrom dominates as Rockies fall to 18-40 on the road – The Denver Post


Foregone conclusions: The Alabama Crimson Tide rolling over Utah State on Sept. 3; ubiquitous negative political ads on TV this fall; a wooden performance from actor Keanu Reeves.

And, oh yes, the Rockies losing to Mets right-hander Jabob deGrom at Citi Field.

He was superb again Thursday night in the Mets’ 3-1 victory over Colorado, giving up just three hits and striking out nine over six innings. He also walked a batter, just his second free pass of the season.

In 10 career starts vs. the Rockies, he’s 6-1 with a 1.20 ERA. At Citi Field, deGrom is 4-1 with an 0.96 ERA in seven starts.

Still, deGrom wasn’t quite perfect and that left the door slightly open for Colorado to have a chance to win. But, as so often happens on the road, the Rockies couldn’t convert in the clutch and fell to 18-40 away from Coors Field. The Rockies were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and struck out 14 times.

Ryan McMahon, who’s having a solid August, plastered a 1-0, 97.7 mph fastball off deGrom with one out in the sixth. The home run came off McMahon’s bat at 108 mph and traveled 436 feet, the longest homer off deGrom in more than two years. It was also the first career home run for McMahon hitting from the leadoff spot.

McMahon, however, failed to deliver in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. Right-hander Seth Lugo struck him out with a 3-2 fastball. In the eighth, C.J. Cron drew a two-out walk off of Edwin Diaz and Jose Iglesias followed with a single, but Diaz struck out Randal Grichuk.

“deGrom obviously is who he is,” McMahon told  AT&T SportsNet. “Everybody knows how good he is and he came at us tonight. We knew we would have to fight for everything we could get.

“We had some chances, we put some runners in scoring position, especially late, but we just couldn’t get the big knock.”

Former Rockie Adam Ottavino closed out the game for the Mets with a spotless ninth inning to get his first save of the season.

deGrom was perfect for 4 1/3 innings before Jose Iglesias singled off the glove of shortstop Francisco Lindor and Grichuk followed up with a double down the left-field line. But deGrom struck out Sam Hilliard and got Brian Serven to fly out to right to quash the mini-rally.

Rockies starter Ryan Feltner pitched well enough to give his team a chance — against just about anybody but deGrom — giving up three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.


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