The first sign it was going to be a good night for Jacob deGrom was when he struck out the side in the first inning, all looking, on 10 pitches.
The right-hander won his eighth straight start with eight strong innings and the New York Mets held on when pinch-hitter Jabari Blash's bid for a game-winning home run was barely foul, beating the San Diego Padres 5-3 Monday night.
DeGrom (12-3) gave up two runs and struck out eight. The last Mets pitcher to win eight straight starts was Bobby Jones in 1997.
"The thing that stands out the most is his competitiveness," manager Terry Collins said. "This guy just doesn't give in. Tonight, early in the game, his...