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Mets waste another Jacob deGrom gem, getting shut out by Marlins

Robert Aitken Jr., NorthJersey.com
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NEW YORK — For the 47th time in his Mets career, Jacob deGrom struck out at least 10 batters in a game. Just like too many other times, the Mets were unable to turn that effort into a win.

The Mets mustered just three hits on Saturday in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins that saw their ace tie a career high with 14 strikeouts.

The 14 strikeouts matched a mark deGrom hit three other times. The double-digit strikeout start for deGrom allowed the ace to pass Dwight Gooden for the second-most starts with at least 10 strikeouts in Mets history. Only Tom Seaver (60) has more starts with that many strikeouts in team history.

In those 47 starts where deGrom has struck out at least 10 batters, the Mets are 25-22 as a team. It's the ninth time in deGrom's career in which he has struck out that many batters and came away with a loss.

There was a pitchers' duel as deGrom was matched by Miami starter Trevor Rogers. Rogers tossed six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start at Citi Field in front of fans. Rogers made his Major League debut last season and pitched twice at Citi Field.

The lone blemish between the two starters was made by deGrom, who allowed a solo home run to Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the second inning. Chisholm drove an 0-2 pitch to right field for the first home run allowed by deGrom in his career on an 0-2 count.

Jacob deGrom walks off the mound in the eighth inning.
Jacob deGrom walks off the mound in the eighth inning.

The Mets offense could not help deGrom yet again as Mets hitters struck out a combined 13 times. A double by Brandon Nimmo led off the Mets' half of the first inning, but Nimmo never made it further than third after a sacrifice and two strikeouts. The Mets wouldn't get another baserunner until the fifth via a Dominic Smith leadoff single, but that was negated by a double play off the bat of James McCann. Jeff McNeil walked after that, but was stranded after a Jonathan Villar strikeout.

Not even deGrom helping his own effort was enough. An infield single by deGrom in the sixth and a Nimmo walk that followed went nowhere after a fly out and two more strikeouts. The Mets were retired in order for the final three innings.

Edwin Diaz entered in the ninth inning to try and keep the game close, but surrendered three hits and a walk and gave up his first two runs allowed this season.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Mets waste another Jacob deGrom gem with loss to Marlins