Clayton Kershaw mystified Mets hitters on Friday night, but his superb outing was overshadowed by a super human performance by Jacob deGrom.
The Amazin's hurler tossed 7 scoreless innings while surrending five hits, one walk and striking out 13 Dodgers. The Mets ace was in rare form, besting Kershaw's pitching line of: 6 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, four walks, while striking out 11 Mets. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year set a new postseason record by striking out the most batters ever in a playoff debut.
Daniel Murphy opened the scoring for the Amazin's blasting a solo shot in the fourth inning over the right field wall to jumpstart the offense. DeGrom danced in and out of trouble and overcome some shoddy fielding from 36-year-old outfielder Michael Cuddyer who misplayed two fly balls in left field.
Despite a lackluster defensive effort by the lumbering veteran, deGrom cruised through seven innings and struck out Dodgers cleanup batter Adrian Gonzalez three times.
In the top of the seventh inniing, David Wright stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, two-outs and a chance to extend the Mets slim one-run lead. New York's captain made it happen by rocketing a single to center field to drive in two-runs and extended the team's lead to 3-0.
Set-up man Tyler Clippard surrendered a double to Howie Kendrick and Gonzalez pounded a single to left field to narrow the margin to 3-1 with two-outs in the eighth inning. Terry Collins didn't hesitate to turn to his closer Jeurys Familia for the four-out save as Andre Eithier lined out to Murphy at first base to end the Dodgers threat in the eighth.
Familia turned away Los Angeles' bid for a comeback in the ninth by retiring A.J. Ellis, Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson in order to end the game.
The Mets captured a 1-0 series lead and will face the Dodgers in Game 2 at 9:07pm ET on Saturday.