Jacob deGrom allowed two runs in seven innings, but the Mets' offense turned in its usual subpar performance with their ace on the mound during a 5-3 loss to the Marlins Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) DeGrom (8-9) set the Major League record by allowing three runs or less for the 26th consecutive start within the same season. The Cubs' Leslie "King" Cole held the previous mark of 25 in 1910. DeGrom surrendered two hits and two walks while striking out nine during his 106-pitch outing. He allowed a two-run double to Lewis Brinson in the fourth when Marlins collected all three hits against him. His Major League-best ERA inched up from 1.68 to 1.71.
2) Michael Conforto had two of the Mets' five hits, including a solo homer in the sixth to account for the club's only run. He also doubled. The outfielder has gone deep in a career-high three consecutive games and has six home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 12 contests. Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
3) Anthony Swarzak allowed an eighth-inning solo homer to J.T. Riddle in his first appearance since returning from the disabled list. The right-hander had not pitched since Aug. 3. Robert Gsellman surrendered two runs on three hits in the ninth, including a pair of extra-base hits.
4) Todd Frazier was ejected from the game after the bottom of the sixth for arguing balls and strikes.
News and notes...
The Mets have lost three of four games to the Marlins at Citi Field this season and are 5-8 since the start of 2017.
New York is hitting .215 and averaging 3.32 runs in 72 home games this season. They are batting .256 and scoring an average of 5.07 runs in 71 contests on the road.
DeGrom allowed two runs or fewer while pitching seven innings for the 14th time in 2018. That is the most by a Met since Ron Darling did it 15 times in 1988. He equaled his career high with 239 strikeouts for the second consecutive year and has whiffed 478 batters since the start of last year. That is the highest total by a Met in back-to-back seasons since Dwight Gooden fanned 544 in 1984 and 1985.
Conforto has 10 homers and 24 RBIs in his last 29 games and 13 roundtrippers in the second half. He homered 11 times in 287 at-bats prior to the All-Star break and has gone deep 13 times in 184 at-bats since.
The Mets (65-78) and Marlins (57-86) play a doubleheader Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. with the regularly-scheduled game starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1. Both contests will air on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (10-7, 3.39 ERA/3.28 FIP, 168 K's, 1.165 WHIP) and Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75 ERA/5.51 FIP, 63 K's, 1.595 WHIP) are scheduled to start during New York's fourth doubleheader of the season and second at Citi Field.
Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00 ERA/6.83 FIP, 2 K's, 2.667 WHIP) and Trevor Richards (3-8, 4.73 ERA/4.21 FIP, 105 K's, 1.451 WHIP), who have combined for 22 Major League starts -- 21 by Richards -- go for the Marlins.