deGrom silences Padres as Mets take series

So devilish was Jacob deGrom’s slider on Thursday that when he bent one toward the inside corner in the second inning, Padres catcher Francisco Mejía hacked at it, lost his balance and fell to the dirt, his helmet spinning to rest beside him.

“That was probably my best slider of the day,” said deGrom, who had plenty to choose from. San Diego had no answer all afternoon for deGrom’s slider, which he threw a career-high 56 times in leading the Mets to a series victory with a 4-0 win at Citi Field.

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