DeGrom Lowers E.R.A. to 0.62 in Win Over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom kept up his dominance of major league hitters, striking out 11 over seven innings and pitching the Mets past th...

SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom kept up his dominance of major league hitters, striking out 11 over seven innings and pitching the Mets past the high-powered San Diego Padres, 4-0, Saturday night.

Francisco Lindor homered and doubled to back the latest brilliant performance by deGrom (5-2). The Mets ended San Diego’s team-record 12-game home winning streak that began a month ago on May 5.

In complete charge throughout, deGrom allowed just three hits and walked one. The two-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner has given up just four earned runs in 58 innings and has a 0.62 E.R.A.

“Honestly, I try not to think about it,” deGrom said. “I try and go out there and put us in a position to win.”

In all nine of his starts this season, deGrom has not permitted more than one earned run. This was the 50th time in his career he struck out 10 or more in a game.

“It’s impressive, I have never seen anything like it,” Mets Manager Luis Rojas said of deGrom’s run this season. “You know you are watching something special.”

The Padres had a prime opportunity for a big inning against deGrom in the fourth but couldn’t cash in. A single, walk and an error by Lindor at shortstop loaded the bases with one out, but deGrom buckled down and struck out Will Myers and Tucupita Marcano to escape and keep the game scoreless.

“I was just able to locate. I had a good feel for the fastball,” deGrom said. “I felt good most of the night, except for those last couple of innings. I could tell my arm was starting to drag a little bit.”

After the Padres won the first two of the four-game series matching two of the N.L.’s best teams, the Mets bounced back deGrom and solo homers by Lindor and Jose Peraza in the fifth off Joe Musgrove (4-5).

“He ended up missing his slider and I was able to take advantage of it,” Peraza said of his home run against Musgrove.

Musgrove, who threw the season’s first no-hitter and had yielded only one earned run in his previous three outings, struck out 10 in five-plus innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits as his E.R.A. inched up to 2.33.

“Aside from those two pitches I felt really good,” Musgrove said of the home runs. “In the fifth inning, I didn’t feel like I had the same stuff as early on.”

With the Mets up by 2-0, Kevin Pillar and Tomas Nido singled to begin the sixth, chasing Musgrove in favor of reliever Tim Hill. Jonathan Villar singled in a run before Hill worked out of the inning.

The Mets added a run in the ninth when Lindor doubled and scored on a single by Pillar.

San Diego’s Jurickson Profar was ejected in the eighth inning after slamming his bat on the ground after a called third strike. It was Profar’s first career ejection in his eight years in the majors.

Punchless during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Boston Red Sox have come back ready to fight.

“That’s what we preach,” Kiké Hernandez said. “Battling from the first pitch until the last.”

Hernandez snapped an 0-for-27 skid with a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Red Sox completed their major league-best 20th come-from-behind victory, beating the Yankees, 7-3, Saturday night.

Hernandez got his first R.B.I. since May 20 by roping a two-out, two-strike fastball from Chad Green (0-4) to the wall in left, scoring Rafael Devers from first.

“Nobody wants to go on a skid like I did,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know how many at-bats it was, but it felt like it was a lot more. Felt really good to finally get on the board.”

Christian Vazquez scored Hernandez a batter later with a grounder that skipped over the first-base bag, and Bobby Dalbec followed with a two-run homer estimated at 453 feet.

Boston had 10 comeback wins while finishing last in the A.L. East during last year’s coronavirus-shortened 60-game season. They’ve doubled that total through 58 games this year, helping them tie for the second-best record in the American League.

The Yankees dropped behind Toronto into fourth in the A.L. East. They are 3-9 in their past 12 games, averaging just 2.4 runs, and fell to 14-21 against division foes.

“That’s not good,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “If we’re gonna be the club we expect to be, we need to improve that and turn that around.”

Former Yankees minor leaguer Garrett Whitlock (1-1) faced his old team for the first time after Boston selected him in last year’s winter meeting draft. He allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth but wasn’t charged with a run over one and two-thirds innings. He was credited with his first major league win.

“I was definitely hoping to get in there today,” the right-hander said.

Another former Yankee, Adam Ottavino, pitched a perfect eighth in his return to the Bronx. Left fielder Alex Verdugo made a diving catch in the ninth before Brandon Workman walked two with two outs, prompting manager Alex Cora to call on closer Matt Barnes.

Barnes struck out Kyle Higashioka for his 14th save.

After going 9-1 against Boston in 2020, the Yankees have dropped the first two of 19 against the second-place Red Sox this year, this one in front of 20,019, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since the pandemic.

“We’re taking our lumps right now,” Boone said. “We’ve got an opportunity to turn it around and at least salvage the series tomorrow.”

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