PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s bid for a Cy Young Award three-peat took a double hit Wednesday night.
First, the Mets ace — with some shaky defense as a culprit — allowed three earned runs against the Phillies over two innings. Then he departed the game with what the team called a right hamstring spasm.
Through it all the Mets rallied, overcoming an early four-run deficit to snap a three-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park to help their thin postseason chances.
In two innings, deGrom allowed three earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. He began the night as the NL leader with a 1.69 ERA, but that number had jumped to 2.09 by his departure. The beneficiaries included the Reds’ Trevor Bauer, who assumed the NL lead with a 1.71 ERA. The Cubs’ Yu Darvish is behind him at 1.86. DeGrom is attempting to join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitcher to win as many as three straight Cy Young awards.
Andres Gimenez delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the ninth after Robinson Cano had singled leading off the inning and pinch-runner Amed Rosario was balked to second by Hector Neris.
J.D. Davis had a breakout game for the Mets, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Davis smashed a two-out RBI double in the eighth that tied it 4-4 against Adam Morgan and ensured a no-decision for deGrom.
Michael Wacha gave the Mets a shot at the comeback by allowing only one run on five hits over four innings after deGrom was removed. Justin Wilson, Miguel Castro and Edwin Diaz combined for three scoreless innings to finish it.
Andrew Knapp’s shot off Dominic Smith’s glove for an RBI double sparked the Phillies’ big inning against deGrom. In the inning, Andrew McCutchen’s RBI fielder’s choice brought in a final run as Wilson Ramos dropped Gimenez’s throw attempting to apply a quick tag on Scott Kingery at the plate. Adam Haseley’s sacrifice fly had given the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
DeGrom’s final two scheduled starts of the season are Monday against the Rays and a week from Saturday against the Nationals. Whether he will make those starts is unclear.
Zack Wheeler, in his second appearance against his former team in 1 ½ weeks, allowed three earned runs on seven hits over 7 ¹/₃ innings in the no-decision. The right-hander was pitching for the first time since tearing a fingernail last week while putting on his pants, causing him to miss a start.
Davis blasted a two-run homer in the sixth that pulled the Mets within 4-3. The Mets’ first run came on Cano’s RBI ground out following Davis’ double in the fourth.