deGrom shined, striking out 13 Dodgers and allowing just five hits and an intentional walk over seven innings. The 13 Ks tied Tom Seaver for the most in Mets postseason history.
Clayton Kershaw got the nod for the Dodgers, and struck out 11 before leaving with the bases loaded after 6 2/3 innings. Pedro Baez came on in relief and allowed a two-run single to Mets third baseman David Wright, making the score 3–0. Both runs were charged to Kershaw, bringing his total to three for the night.
The Dodgers didn’t go away, scoring a run in the eighth off Mets setup man Tyler Clippard. Jeurys Familia entered with two out in the eighth and recorded a four-out save to secure the victory.
The game was the first in postseason history to have two pitchers with at least 11 strikeouts each.
Game 2 between the Mets and Dodgers is set for 9 p.m. ET Saturday in Los Angeles.
- Kenny Ducey