Jacob deGrom strengthens Cy Young case and actually gets a win, too

WASHINGTON — Jacob deGrom’s season and Cy Young Award chase now consists of one last start that could remove some of the stigma surrounding his candidacy.

Based on Friday’s result — a 4-2 victory over the Nationals in which deGrom received his first win in more than a month — the Mets’ ace will be shooting for a winning record when he faces the Braves next week at Citi Field.

DeGrom (9-9) received rare run support and turned in a 28th straight start in which he allowed three runs or fewer, extending his major league single-season record.

Over seven innings he allowed one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. DeGrom watched his major league-leading ERA drop from 1.78 to 1.77. Aaron Nola (2.44) and Max Scherzer (2.57) are next on the NL list. Scherzer’s 290 strikeouts lead the NL, with deGrom next at 259.

DeGrom allowed his only run in the second, after walking Anthony Rendon leading off the inning. Juan Soto’s single put runners on the corners and Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly to tie it 1-1.

Robert Gsellman navigated the ninth for the save, but not before allowing an RBI single to Anthony Rendon that sliced the Mets’ lead to 4-2.

The Mets provided deGrom with the support he needed by scoring three runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead against Joe Ross.

Jay Bruce, Dominic Smith and Devin Mesoraco all had run-scoring hits in the inning following Michael Conforto’s leadoff double. Bruce also delivered an RBI single in the first that gave the Mets their initial run, after Amed Rosario led off the game with a double.

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