Mets' deGrom outduels Jimmy Nelson
MILWAUKEE—Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, rookie Jacob deGrom pitched well into the seventh, and the New York Mets split a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Sunday.
Duda sent an 0-2 slider in the sixth from rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-2) into the second deck above right field to break a scoreless pitcher’s duel. It was Duda’s third homer in four days in Milwaukee.
The Brewers mounted a ninth-inning rally against Jenrry Mejia with two outs after Jean Segura’s single put runners on first and second. Mejia got Lyle Overbay to ground out for his 15th save.
DeGrom (5-5) held the Brewers to four hits and two walks, exiting with one out in the seventh after allowing two singles. Vic Black got out of that jam.
New York finished its post-All Star game road trip at 5-5 despite the nervous moments in the ninth. Khris Davis reached first on an infield single with one out on a play that stood following a replay review.
After Overbay grounded out, the animated Mejia pumped his arms in front of him and stomped to one knee as he yelled toward the outfield.
The rookie starters dominated early. Nelson allowed four doubles and got into a little trouble in missing high with his sinker, but finished with six strikeouts in seven innings.
At least Nelson got to smile after singling up the middle in the third for his first career hit in 66 at-bats as a professional, dating back to the minor leagues.
DeGrom won his fourth straight start, each time getting into the seventh. The most worrisome pitch for the righty came when Mark Reynolds hit a towering fly ball to left that appeared to hit the heavy wires that support Miller Park’s retractable roof.
The ball caromed back into fair territory, and Davis, at first, was racing around third when he was held up after the umpires ruled the play foul. DeGrom then struck out Reynolds looking.
The right-hander with curly brown hair flowing out from under his blue cap had hitters swinging through fastballs that peaked in the mid-90s. He finished with four strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.81.
NOTES: The Mets improved to 22-13 in day games. … 3B Aramis Ramirez, who was 2 for 24 on the seven-game homestand, had a day off before popping out in the seventh as a pinch hitter. … Manager Ron Roenicke indicated 2B Scooter Gennett could return to action full time when the Brewers open a three-game series Monday in Tampa … Bartolo Colon (9-8) starts when the Mets return to the Citi Field for the first time since the All-Star break to play the Phillies on Monday. … Kyle Lohse (11-4) opens the three-game series against the Rays for Milwaukee.