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DeGrom leads Mets at plate and mound in win

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mets manager Terry Collins quickly changed out of his uniform and met the media in slacks and a purple polo shirt Sunday, in a hurry to make his All-Star break flight.

The way the Mets are playing, though, Collins and his team sounded as if the real rush was to get back to playing baseball.

Jacob deGrom had a tiebreaking single and again shut down the Marlins with seven impressive innings, David Wright doubled twice and drove in two runs, and New York completed a three-game sweep of Miami with a 9-1 victory.

Wright, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares each had RBI doubles, and Chris Young added a sacrifice fly for New York in its eighth win on a 10-game homestand heading into the four-day break.

"You hate to take a break when we're swinging the bats well, getting great pitching performances — our bullpen's been fantastic," Wright said. "We're kind of clicking on all cylinders, so hopefully we pick up right where we left off."

Wright has been on a tear since coming back July 5 after missing seven days with a bruised left rotator cuff. After this 2-for-4 day, he is 12 for 33 (.363) with seven RBIs in nine games. Despite his streak, Wright had a cortisone shot in the shoulder after the game.

"There are no issues with my shoulder," Wright said.

Wright, Young, Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker each drove in a run with the bases loaded in the eighth, a situation the Mets have struggled in all season. New York even benefited from a rare obstruction call for a run in the sixth inning as they jumped over the Marlins, losers of four straight, and into third place in the NL East at 45-50.

What makes this streak — the second-most wins in a 10-game homestand since Citi Field opened in 2009 — especially encouraging is that it followed a demoralizing trip in which the Mets lost six of seven.

"These guys just stepped it up," Collins said. "You can say it, you can think it, but when you actually do it and have success doing it, it changes things."

DeGrom (3-5) had little trouble in his 12th career start, striking out eight and allowing five hits and a run even though he didn't have his best stuff.

He also produced at the plate.

A .273 hitter (6 for 22) coming in who has batted eighth in the lineup, deGrom got his first big league RBI after Brad Hand (0-2) intentionally walked Ruben Tejada to face the lanky former college shortstop. DeGrom lined a single to center for a 2-1 lead.

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