LOS ANGELES — Jacob deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in his
DeGrom (1-0) limited the Dodgers to five hits and walked one. The right-hander’s strikeouts tied the franchise playoff record set by Tom Seaver in Game 1 of the 1973 NL Championship Series.
Kershaw (0-1) endured his fifth straight
Three of those walks came in the seventh, before Mets captain David Wright had a two-out, two-run single off Pedro Baez that put New York up 3-0.
“It’s been nine years since I felt this,” Wright said.
Runs will likely again be at a premium when the Dodgers try to even the series Saturday night in Game 2. They start major league ERA leader Zack Greinke against Noah Syndergaard of the Mets.
With a game-time temperature of 92 degrees, both pitchers came out throwing heat. Kershaw, the major league strikeout leader with 301 in the regular season, retired six of his first nine batters. DeGrom, last year’s NL rookie of the year, struck out two batters in each of his first four innings.
DeGrom became the first Mets pitcher with 10 or more strikeouts in the playoffs since Dwight Gooden in Game 1 of the 1988 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. DeGrom retired his final 11 batters, subduing the white towel-waving crowd of 54,428.
Jeurys Familia got four outs to earn the save.
The Mets gave Terry Collins, who at 66 is the majors’ oldest manager, a victory in his
Murphy homered leading off the fourth to give New York a 1-0 lead before Kershaw retired the next three batters. Kershaw stumbled in the seventh, giving up three walks before being relieved by Baez, who served up Wright’s hit.
Wright’s hit whizzed past leaping second baseman Howie Kendrick and into
The Dodgers finally scored in the eighth on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out RBI single that left them trailing 3-1. He struck out in his first three at-bats.
Kershaw nearly helped himself in the fourth when the Dodgers trailed by one. With two runners on, he hit a long fly ball to
The left-hander threw 22 pitches in the first inning, including 12 on a walk to Wright. In the second, a ball hit by Duda went off Kershaw’s right foot, but he didn’t appear to be affected and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Los Angeles lost its third straight
Cespedes was hitless in four at-bats, including three strikeouts, just the second time this season he was fanned three times in a game. He was still playing for Detroit on June 24 at Cleveland when Carlos Carrasco struck him out twice and Cody Allen once.
Greinke (19-3, major league-best 1.66 ERA) starts for the Dodgers against Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24). Greinke beat the Mets 4-3 on July 4 at home in his only start against them this season. Syndergaard had a no-decision in the Mets’ 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium on July 3 in his only career start against Los Angeles.
Beth Harris, The Associated Press