PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s bid for a Cy Young Award three-peat took a double hit Wednesday night.
First, the Mets ace — with some shaky defense as a culprit — allowed three earned runs against the Phillies over two innings. Then he departed the game with what the team called a right hamstring spasm.
Through it all the Mets rallied, overcoming an early four-run deficit to snap a three-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park to help their thin postseason chances.
In two innings, deGrom allowed three earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. He began the night as the NL leader with a 1.69 ERA, but that number had jumped to 2.09 by his departure. The beneficiaries included the Reds’ Trevor Bauer, who assumed the NL lead with a 1.71 ERA. The Cubs’ Yu Darvish is behind him at 1.86. DeGrom is attempting to join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitcher to win as many as three straight Cy Young awards.
Andres Gimenez delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the ninth after Robinson Cano had singled leading off the inning and pinch-runner Amed Rosario was balked to second by Hector Neris.