By JIM HOEHN Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) _ One timely hit by Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson, combined with a defensive lapse by the New York Mets, was enough to end Jacob deGrom’s winning streak.
Yovani Gallardo took a shutout into the sixth inning, Dyson delivered a key two-run single and the Mariners beat the Mets 3-2 on Saturday, ending deGrom’s eight-start winning streak.
“We didn’t tear the cover off the ball by any means, but we got key hits in key spots and continued to grind it out,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Gallardo (5-7), banished to the bullpen in mid-June, allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second outing since returning to the rotation. He struck out two and walked two, flashing back to the form when he won 72 games over five seasons with Milwaukee.
Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 19th save, despite allowing an RBI single by Michael Conforto.
“I just stayed away from the extra-base hits,” said Gallardo, who gave up three solo homers to the Yankees in his last start. “They got some base hit, singles and what not, but the key thing is just try and limit those extra base hits. It’s something to build off.”
DeGrom (12-4), bidding to become the first Mets pitcher to win nine consecutive starts in a single season, allowed three runs and five hits in six innings while throwing 109 pitches. He struck out 10 and walked one in his first loss since June 6, when he gave up eight runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 10-8 defeat against Texas.
De Grom gave up a bases-loaded single to Dyson in the second and an unearned run in the third.
Dyson’s bases-loaded single capped a wild second inning. Nelson Cruz scorched a single that glanced off deGroom’s foot and caromed into right field. Kyle Seager followed with a double to right-center. After Danny Valencia struck out, Mitch Haniger was hit in the face by a 95 mph fastball from deGrom. Haniger left the field under his own power with what the Mariners later announced as a mouth contusion.
Guillermo Heredia ran for Haniger to load the bases. Dyson then blooped a singled into shallow right center. DeGrom escaped by striking out Mike Zunino and Jean Segura.
“I got myself in trouble in the second inning,” deGromsaid. “My stuff was good, I just wasn’t able to get out of that bases-loaded jam.”
DeGrom said he was rattled after hitting Haniger.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “You never want to hit anybody in the face. It’s not easy to pitch after you do that. I was trying to go inside there and it just sailed on him. I definitely feel bad about it. It was not easy to stay out there and re-concentrate.”
A two-base throwing error by second baseman Neil Walker led to the unearned run in the third. Ben Gamel singled to open, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Robinson Cano bounced to Walker, whose throw to force Gamel at second sailed into left field. Gamel continued to third and Cano to second. Gamel scored on Cruz’s sacrifice fly to left. Left fielder Michael Conforto prevented at least one more run with a sensational, fully extended, diving grab going back on Seager’s drive into the gap in left-center for the second out.
The Mets capitalized on wildness by reliever Tony Zych to pull to 3-1 in the sixth. Gallardo exited after consecutive two-out singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Walker. Zych walked Curtis Granderson on four pitches and then walked Wilmer Flores to force in a run. Jose Reyes flied to center to leave the bases loaded.
Conforto also prevented a run in the eighth, throwing Seager out at home when he tried to score from second on Valencia’s single.
“We had enough offensively,” Servais said. “Going into it, you kind of know it’s going to be a low-scoring game and you’ve got to outpitch them. And, we outpitched them today.”
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