08/17 21:31 CDT Mets beat Royals 4-1 behind deGrom, Alonso
Mets beat Royals 4-1 behind deGrom, Alonso
By KOLLIN MILLER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) --- Jacob deGrom pitched seven sharp innings and Pete
Alonso put the New York Mets ahead with a two-run single in a 4-1 victory over
the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
Alonso got three hits and snapped a 1-all tie with two outs in the seventh when
he rolled a bases-loaded grounder up the middle. Juan Lagares, who also had
three hits, added an RBI triple in the eighth.
The bottom three batters in New York's lineup went 5 for 11 and combined to
score all four runs.
Last year's NL Cy Young Award winner, deGrom (8-7) gave up one run and three
hits while striking out five. Since the All-Star break, he has permitted just
five earned runs in 45 innings for a 1.00 ERA.
Royals starter Jakob Junis (8-11) allowed a one-out single to Lagares in the
seventh and hit No. 9 batter Aaron Altherr with a pitch. Kansas City manager
Ned Yost brought in Jake Newberry, who walked Amed Rosario to load the bases.
Yost again went to his bullpen, this time to submarine left-hander Tim Hill. He
struck out pinch-hitter J.D. Davis on three pitches, but couldn't finish off
Alonso. The rookie slugger narrowly missed a grand slam down the right field
line when a crew chief review determined the ball sliced just foul, upholding
the initial call on the field.
With the runners going on a full-count pitch, Alonso then fisted a grounder up
the middle to drive in Lagares and Altherr for a 3-1 lead. Second baseman Whit
Merrifield made a sliding stop in shallow center and fired home to try to get
Altherr, but Hill cut off the throw.
In the bottom half, deGrom got out of trouble with the help of a double-play
ball. Lagares' triple in the eighth drove in Luis Guillorme.
Justin Wilson threw a scoreless inning and Seth Lugo worked a perfect ninth for
his third save.
Junis dealt with traffic on the basepaths all night, but managed to work around
seven hits, all singles, a walk and two hit batters to allow just three runs in
6 1/3 innings. His defense turned two double plays behind him to help him out
of jams in the second and fifth, but the Royals' bullpen couldn't finish off
the seventh inning for him.
Hunter Dozier had two of Kansas City's three hits, his second straight multihit
STATS AND STREAKS
Mets catcher Wilson Ramos singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 12
games, tied with Cincinnati's Jose Iglesias for the longest active streak in
the majors. During the streak, Ramos is batting .477 with three home runs and
11 RBIs. ... It was the 16th consecutive start in which deGrom allowed three
runs or fewer, dating to May 22. He has a 1.92 ERA in that span, but the Mets
are just 7-9 in those games.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (left hamstring strain) will throw a four-inning
simulated game Tuesday and, if all goes well, could be activated from the
injured list next weekend.
Mets: Placed reliever Robert Gsellman on the 10-day injured list, retroactive
to Wednesday, with tightness in his right triceps. RHP Walker Lockett was
recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Lockett has started four games for the Mets
this season, going 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA. ... Davis was out of the starting
lineup after leaving Friday night's game with calf tightness. He said he felt
fine and it was just a precautionary measure.
Glenn Sparkman (3-8) faces Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7) in the finale of the
three-game interleague series Sunday.
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