Jacob deGrom has great outing to collect his first major-league win

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws to the Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws to the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a game in Miami, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / J Pat Carter

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MIAMI - Finally, Jacob deGrom got a little bit of help.

Pitching in front of a large contingent of friends and family, the righthander beat the Marlins, 4-0, Saturday by tossing seven shutout innings in recording his first major-league win.

"It feels good to have one," said a smiling deGrom, whose first victory came in his eighth start.

David Wright continued climbing out of his own slump with an RBI and his first three-hit game since May 24. Lucas Duda smacked a two-run homer to give the Mets a pair of insurance runs in the ninth.

DeGrom (1-4) delivered perhaps his strongest effort since his big-league debut, scattering five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

It was the second time in three games that the Mets blanked the Marlins.

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"He certainly deserved to win some of the games he pitched and hasn't gotten a win," said manager Terry Collins, whose team has taken three of four.

DeGrom, who turned 26 Thursday, pitched to a 7.80 ERA in his previous three starts. But in his first four, he had a 2.42 ERA in four quality starts.

A lack of run support helped keep him from his first win to this point, and for awhile, it appeared he might face a familiar fate Saturday. The Mets had two chances to put some distance between themselves and the Marlins but each time came away with just a single run.

In the fourth, with two down and runners on first and second, Chris Young put the Mets ahead 1-0 when he ripped a single to centerfield. But Duda got caught between second and third, a baserunning mistake that ended the inning.

In the sixth, the Mets put runners on first and second with nobody out, but came out of it with just one run on Wright's RBI single. Duda ended the rally with a double play.

Duda found redemption with a single swing in the ninth, doubling the Mets' lead with a two-run blast that sailed so far over the fence that rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton didn't bother to move.

Tom Koehler, who pitched at Stony Brook University, took the loss. Though the righthander left trailing 2-0, he allowed only four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts in an outing that might have been good enough for a win had it not been for deGrom.

The righthander picked a good time to bounce back. With Dillon Gee coming off the disabled list in a few weeks, the Mets likely will choose between deGrom and veteran righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been solid in a return to the rotation.

DeGrom delivered his longest start since also going seven innings in his major-league debut May 15, a 1-0 loss to the Yankees. Against the Marlins, he allowed baserunners in all but the first inning, though he wiggled out of all trouble.

Said deGrom: "In those innings, I made a couple big pitches to get some big outs there."

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Collins said the biggest difference proved to be deGrom's secondary pitches and the ability to throw them for strikes.

"He made some real, real good pitches with his slider today that he hasn't been making," Collins said.

It all added up to a milestone victory for deGrom, who grew up in Daytona, Florida. A large group of family and friends made the four-hour trek to Marlins Park.

Said Wright: "Very impressive to rebound like that after a couple of rough ones."

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