Mets ace deGrom tagged, NL East lead cut in 10-4 loss to A’s

Sep 24, 2022, 4:21 AM | Updated: 5:55 pm
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, left, stands on the mound as Oakland Athletics' Seth B...

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, left, stands on the mound as Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

              Oakland Athletics' Dermis Garcia hits a double to drive in two runs against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Shea Langeliers hits a double to drive in a run against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Dermis Garcia (76) scores a run on a double by Shea Langeliers against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              New York Mets' Jeff McNeil, left, slides into home plate to score a run on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              New York Mets' Mark Vientos looks up as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              New York Mets' Mark Vientos high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Oakland Athletics second baseman Jordan Diaz, top right, forces out New York Mets' Luis Guillorme, bottom right, as he throws to first base to turn a double play during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown, right, is congratulated by third base coach Darren Bush (51) as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown, right, looks up as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
            
              New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, left, stands on the mound as Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jacob deGrom called his rare, late September flop unacceptable.

The Mets ace got hit around and lasted a season-low four innings, and New York lost 10-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday to see its lead cut in the NL East race.

“It happens. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I’m extremely disappointed,” said deGrom, who couldn’t hold an early lead. “We go out and put up three in the first then to go give up four right away is unacceptable. Four walks, just all around unacceptable and a terrible job by me.”

DeGrom (5-3) was tagged for five runs and four walks — the worst start for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner since 2019. The right-hander had never faced the A’s.

In his last three starts, deGrom has allowed 11 earned runs in 15 innings. The four walks doubled his previous season total.

“I kept thinking I was going to make the adjustment, that was the goal, slow things down let’s make the adjustment. I wasn’t able to,” he said.

The Mets lost for only the second time in their last nine games. Their lead dropped to 1 1/2 games over reigning World Series champion Atlanta after the Braves won 6-3 at Philadelphia.

“He’s spoiled us with a high level of pitching like most of our guys,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I don’t think anybody ever took anything for granted. What he does over a long period in his career is very hard to do.”

Mark Vientos hit a solo home run in the Mets second to make it 4-all. Seth Brown’s leadoff homer in the third put the A’s ahead for good.

Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer, his 38th, in the Mets first. Staked to an immediate 3-0 lead, deGrom gave up four runs in the bottom half.

DeGrom had struck out eight or more with either one or no walks in eight straight starts, the longest such streak in major league history, but fanned a season-low five.

His last time out against Pittsburgh, deGrom became the only pitcher to strike out at least 13 batters with no walks in five innings.

Francisco Lindor added a sacrifice fly in the first off Ken Waldichuk (1-2) for his 100th RBI of the season.

Waldichuk earned his first major league victory in his fifth career start with five solid innings.

“It was awesome,” Waldichuk said. “I can’t think of a single guy that didn’t play a major role in today’s win.”

Rookie Dermis García hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first against deGrom, who surrendered Vimael Machin’s one-out single and then issued consecutive walks to Sean Murphy and Brown.

Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil tripped trying to track García’s hit and the ball got past him to the wall.

“He’s always so good. I didn’t help him out,” McNeil said of deGrom. “He’s so good. It’s tough to see him have one of these kind of days. He’s one of the best pitchers in the world so he’s going to come back next time and give us a big game.”

Conner Capel homered among his career-best three hits and drove in a career-high four runs. He had an RBI groundout and Shea Langeliers also doubled in a run in the A’s first.

Capel homered in the fifth and Brown added an RBI single in the sixth. The A’s kept adding on, with Nick Allen hitting an RBI single in the seventh.

Former A’s outfielder Mark Canha was hit by a pitch to start the third. He singled in the first and struck out twice.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: 2B Luis Guillome exited after being plunked in the fourth. A knot in his arm developed. … CF Brandon Nimmo was held out of the lineup as a precaution after he returned Friday from a left quadriceps injury. He left Wednesday’s game following the first inning hurt then an MRI showed no structural damage. Nimmo is scheduled to play Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Showalter didn’t want to take a chance with Nimmo with the quick turnaround after a night game Friday, and the training staff expects that with the off day Monday he should be full strength by Tuesday. … All-Star RF Starling Marte has been hopeful of returning for a key series with the Braves next week as he works back from a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger. He traveled back to New York on Saturday afternoon for further imaging tests. Also going back early were starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker.

Athletics: CF Ramón Laureano is recovering from a PRP injection in his right hip that he opted to have because he was already sidelined and expected to miss the remainder of the season with a right hamstring strain. He’s expected to have a normal offseason to be ready for spring training and will begin a rehab program this coming week rejoining the team.

ROSTER MOVE

Oakland designated infielder Sheldon Neuse for assignment to clear roster room for infielder Ernie Clement, claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Friday.

UP NEXT

RHP Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.15 ERA), coming off his 200th career win, faces the A’s for the first time since surrendering five earned runs over six innings in Oakland on May 27, 2014, while with Detroit. The A’s send LHP JP Sears (6-2, 3.58) to the mound to face the Mets for the first time after he beat the Mariners on Tuesday.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Lionel Messi lleva la pelota durante la práctica de Argentina antes del partido ante Holanda por l...
Associated Press

Messi resumes World Cup quest as Argentina plays Netherlands

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi up against Virgil van Dijk. The youngest coach at the World Cup taking on the oldest. South America versus Europe. A back catalog of famous meetings. The quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday has all the ingredients of a classic. And the possibility of it being […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Vinicius Junior, Danilo and Neymar dance with Lucas Paqueta, right, after he scored his si...
Associated Press

Brazil wants to keep dancing against Croatia at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil wants to keep the dancing going at the World Cup when it faces Croatia on Friday with a spot in the semifinals on the line. The Brazilians have made it clear they will not back from their goal celebrations in Qatar despite criticism by some. “It’s part of the Brazilian […]
1 day ago
FILE - WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom af...
Associated Press

A look at Brittney Griner’s career on, off basketball court

A timeline of key events in Brittney Griner’s career on and off the basketball court: Oct. 18, 1990: Brittney Griner was born in Houston. 2009: Led Nimitz High School to Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game where they lost. The 6-foot-7 star dunked 52 times as a senior, including seven times in one game […]
1 day ago
President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Was...
Associated Press

WNBA star Griner freed in swap for Russian arms dealer Bout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic prisoner exchange, as the U.S. released notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout but failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years. The swap, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, achieved […]
1 day ago
El volante inglés Jude Bellingham previo al partido contra Senegal por los octavos de final del Mu...
Associated Press

Which World Cup starlet can replace Messi and Ronaldo?

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not ready to say goodbye to the World Cup just yet. But the clock is ticking on their careers and Qatar could be the last time we see them on soccer’s biggest stage. With that in mind, thoughts naturally turn to a new generation and […]
1 day ago
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, stands with his teammates during the World Cup round of 16 so...
Associated Press

Portugal stepping out of Ronaldo’s long shadow at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — To Bruno Fernandes, World Cup teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous athlete in sports. Joao Felix has described Ronaldo as “irreplaceable.” Gonçalo Ramos, Portugal’s new 21-year-old star, has never known his national team without Ronaldo involved in it. A future without the country’s greatest ever player could be a daunting […]
1 day ago
Mets ace deGrom tagged, NL East lead cut in 10-4 loss to A’s