Jacob deGrom rises for opportunity for New York Mets in wild card elimination

NEW YORK – Talk about the height of the occasion.

With the Mets eyeing the elimination barrel in the Wild Card round, Jacob of Grom stepped up one night, in which he didn’t have his best stuff.

DeGrom gave the Mets six two-run innings in a 7-3 Game 2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Overall, the two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out eight batters, allowed five hits, walked two and two runs.

After a 1-2-3 opening round, where he landed two punches, things got tough for deGrom. In the top of the fifth, the Padres tied the game at 2-2 and finished first and third with one out. But deGrom fought to scratch Josh Bell and Manny Machado to escape trouble and keep the score tied.

At 90 pitches, deGrom came back for the sixth, with the Mets now leading thanks to a Pete Alonso home run and endured his best inning since the first, striking out all three batters he faced on a total of nine pitches to wrap up his night.

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On offense, the Mets bats finally woke up. Alonso and Francois Lindor both stricken, while Jeff McNeil, Eduardo Escobar and Daniel Vogelbach led a bottom four run of the seventh inning. That was all the Mets would need to secure a win.

With the series tied 1-1, the Mets and Padres will face off Sunday in a win-or-go game for both teams. The winner will travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLDS.

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