PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets received a promising outing from a starting pitcher for the second consecutive day when Jacob deGrom tossed three strong innings in New York's 3-1 split-squad win Saturday against the Braves at Tradition Field.
DeGrom, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, allowed only two hits in his first start. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 27 pitches, 22 for strikes.
DeGrom's outing followed Matt Harvey's impressive first start in 18 months on Friday against the Tigers.
DeGrom breezed through the first two innings, retiring the side in order in both frames. Braves left fielder Eury Perez singled in the third after deGrom set down the first seven batters he faced. Perez scored on Eric Young Jr.'s groundout later in the inning to tie the game at 1.
Michael Conforto had a good day at the plate for the Mets. He delivered his second hit and third RBI of the game when he lined a two-run double to left-center in the bottom of the third to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Braves reliever Aaron Kurcz inherited a bases-loaded, second-inning jam with two outs from starter Mike Foltynewicz and struck out David Wright to end the threat after the Mets had grabbed a 1-0 lead on Conforto's first RBI of the game.
Up next: Cody Martin makes his first spring start on Sunday, replacing Mike Minor, as the Braves take on the Astros in Kissimmee. Minor was scratched earlier this week with tightness in his left shoulder. The scheduled starter for the Astros is Scott Feldman.
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.