Bassitt quickly works past Mets with wife in labor

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NEW YORK — Chris Bassitt took the mound after a 91-minute rain delay, ready to rush back to Toronto as his wife went into labor, and shut down his former team on three hits to lead the Blue Jays over the New York Mets 3-0 on Friday.

Bassitt’s wife Jessica was due to give birth to their second child after daughter Landry.

The game was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. but began at 8:41 p.m. and didn’t end until shortly after 11 p.m. George Springer started the night by homering on Justin Verlander‘s second pitch.

Bassitt (6-4) tied his season high with eight strikeouts and walked none, throwing 101 pitches. He began his big league career with Oakland, was traded to the Mets ahead of the 2022 season and left for a $63 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays.

He had not been to Citi Field since losing the decisive Game 3 of an NL wild card series against San Diego last October.

The 34-year-old right-hander escaped a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the third, retiring Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil on popups around a called third strike to Francisco Lindor. That inning began a streak of 14 straight batters retired for Bassitt.

Tim Mayza relieved with two outs and none on the eighth, and struck out Nimmo when the batter was called for a pitch clock violation with a 2-2 count.

Jordan Romano finished the four-hitter for his 14th save in 15 chances, the Blue Jays’ major league-high ninth shutout. New York has been blanked eight times, matching the Mets’ total last year.

Springer hit his 54th leadoff homer, tying Alfonso Soriano for second behind Rickey Henderson’s 81. New York has been outscored 46-13 in the first inning this season.

Daulton Varsho added a two-run homer in the eighth off Jeff Brigham.

Verlander (2-3) gave up five hits and struck out out eight over six innings. He threw 117 pitches, the most by a big leaguer this season and the most for Verlander since 2019, before he had Tommy John surgery.

New York dropped to 16-1 when a starter lasts at least six innings.

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