MIAMI -- For all the talk about being sent to the bullpen, the Miami Marlins made a case for why the New York Mets should leave Jacob deGrom as a starter.
DeGrom, who was winless with a 7.80 earned run average this month, became the latest hurler to have a solid outing against the Marlins. This time, he went seven innings with seven strikeouts and five hits leading the Mets to a 4-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday at Marlins Park.
According to a report in the New York Post, deGrom could be sent to the bullpen once starter Dillon Gee returns from injury.
DeGrom shook off any speculation by not allowing a hit until the third inning. The hits he did give up were practically inconsequential with deGrom always getting out of trouble.
The second inning was the start of a refrain for the Marlins in which they got runners on base yet failed to capitalize.
DeGrom gave up a walk in the second to Casey McGehee but got three straight outs. Ed Lucas, who replaced an injured Adeiny Hechavarria, drilled a single to center to lead off the third. Lucas, who went 2-for-4, was later the first out in a Rafael Furcal double play.
Furcal pulled up grabbing his left hamstring while running down the first base line. He is listed as day-to-day with a left hamstring cramp.
The fourth, fifth and sixth innings were no different. The Marlins would get someone on but deGrom threw the right pitch to either force a double play or a fly ball right at an outfielder.
In all the Marlins stranded seven runners.
And while the Marlins left quite a few men on base, the Mets took advantage of their chances.
What may be lost was Tom Koehler's outing. He took a no-hitter into the fourth until Chris Young hit a single to center scoring David Wright for a 1-0 lead.
Koehler was moving along until the sixth inning, which has been his undoing of late, came around. He surrendered two walks and with Eric Young Jr. stealing second, it gave the Mets runners at the corners with no outs.
Wright, with one out, lifted a single to shallow right scoring Young Jr. and moved Granderson to third for a 2-0 lead. The inning ended when Lucas Duda grounded out to second.
Duda atoned for his groundout when he crushed a two-run home run to right for a 4-0 lead in the top of the ninth.
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