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Mets Use Big Fourth to Stomp on Blue Jays

The Mets opened up their series in Buffalo with a laugher. They defeated the Blue Jays by a score of 18-1, with most of the damage coming during a 10-run fourth inning. The Mets are now 21-24 on the season but still trail by two games for the last NL playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays fell to 24-20 on the season, however, they still hold onto the sixth place spot in the AL postseason picture.

Never-ending rally ices the game

Source: Yahoo! Sports

The Mets fell behind in the first inning after a Vlad Guerrero Jr. RBI single. However, the Mets’ offense responded, with Michael Conforto smacking a three-run homer and Jeff McNeil hitting a lights-aided RBI double. In the fourth inning, the Mets scored five runs before recording an out. The sequence was capped off by Dominic Smith hitting his first career grand slam. After the Jays finally retired a batter, the Mets loaded the bases again, before Wilson Ramos cracked a three-run double to completely blow the doors off the game. Ramos would continue his big night later in the game with a solo homer.

Conforto and J.D. Davis contributed RBI hits to run the rally to 10 runs, just two shy of the franchise record for runs in a single inning. Conforto and Smith continue to put up MVP-like numbers, as they rank at or near the top of the NL in many different offensive categories.

deGrom on point once again

Source: Toronto Star

After allowing a first-inning run, Jacob deGrom was once again brilliant on the mound. He finished the night with nine strikeouts and only allowed three hits, two walks, and one run in six innings. His performance lowered his ERA to an NL-best 1.67 on the season. Additionally, he leads the NL in strikeouts and FIP. As the season nears the finish line, deGrom appears to be the front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award for the third straight season.

Up next

The Mets will send Seth Lugo to the mound on Saturday against Robbie Ray. Lugo was strong in his last start, earning his second win of the season. He pitched five innings and allowed one run, four hits, and two walks while striking out eight. Meanwhile, Ray continued to struggle in his last outing. He allowed six hits, three walks, and four runs in four innings. Additionally, that outing raised Ray’s ERA up to an unsightly 7.51 on the season, and he has now walked a Major League-worst 35 batters in 38.1 innings. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:37 P.M. EST.

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