NEW YORK -- Brandon Nimmo saved Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets with a breathtaking catch at the center-field fence, and Edwin Diaz entered to Timmy Trumpet's live horn at Citi Field before closing out the Los Angeles Dodgers for a scintillating 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
Starling Marte hit a two-run home run off All-Star lefty Tyler Anderson (13-3) as the Mets evened the three-game showdown between the top two teams in the National League.
Mookie Betts connected off deGrom (4-1) for his 32nd home run, but it wasn't enough for the Dodgers in a tight pitching duel with a playoff feel that took only 2 hours, 19 minutes.
Making his sixth start of the season after returning from injury, deGrom hit 102 mph on the radar gun and struck out nine in seven innings. He allowed three hits and walked one.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was nursing a 2-1 lead when ex-Met Justin Turner sent a drive to deep center in the seventh.
Knowing it might tie the game, deGrom turned around and went into a worried crouch on the mound. Nimmo, however, raced back and plucked the ball right off the top of the wall to rob Turner of a home run with a sensational leaping grab.
A fired-up Nimmo landed on his feet, pumped his fist hard and screamed in excitement as deGrom held both arms high.
BRAVES 3, ROCKIES 2 Kyle Wright pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his major league-leading 17th victory, Austin Riley and Ronald Acuna Jr. homered, and Atlanta beat Colorado. The defending World Series champion Braves avoided their first four-game losing streak since Sept. 14-18, 2021.
BREWERS 6, PIRATES 1 Keston Hiura and Luis Urias each hit an RBI single during Milwaukee's four-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat Pittsburgh. Willy Adames had a run-scoring double as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games. Freddy Peralta pitched five effective innings, and Taylor Rogers (3-6) got four outs for the win.
CARDINALS 5, REDS 3 (13) Albert Pujols broke a tie with a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and Lars Nootbaar connected on a two-run home run later in the inning to give St. Louis a victory over Cincinnati.
PADRES 5, GIANTS 4 Joe Musgrove (9-6) had a season-high 11 strikeouts, Manny Machado drove in three runs and San Diego completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco.
ANGELS 3, YANKEES 2 Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Los Angeles held off New York.
ASTROS 5, RANGERS 3 Jose Altuve drove in two runs and scored two more for AL-best Houston in a win over Texas. The reigning AL champion Astros will enter September at 84-47, matching their best record through 131 games. The Rangers' Marcus Semien had a steal for his first career 20-20 season.
MARINERS 5, TIGERS 3 Abraham Toro hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning and Seattle beat Detroit for its fifth win in six games.
ORIOLES 4, GUARDIANS 0 Gunnar Henderson homered in his major league debut, losing his batting helmet after connecting on a drive that traveled an estimated 429 feet, and Baltimore beat Cleveland.
RED SOX 6, TWINS 5 Xander Bogaerts hit a home run and drove in five runs as Boston edged Minnesota.
WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 2 Elvis Andrus and A.J. Pollock each hit home runs as Chicago defeated Kansas City.
CUBS 7, BLUE JAYS 5 Franmil Reyes homered, Nico Hoerner drove in a pair of runs and Chicago beat Toronto to avoid a three-game sweep.
NATIONALS 5, ATHLETICS 1 Anibal Sanchez earned his first victory in nearly two years, Luke Voit hit a two-run home run and Washington beat Oakland.
RAYS 2, MARLINS 1 (10) Manuel Margot singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and prevented a run by tracking down a flyball to deep center in the bottom half, leading Tampa Bay past Miami. The Marlins intentionally walked Yandy Diaz before Margot's line-drive single to right field drove in automatic runner Yu Chang from second.
Milwaukee 6, Pittsburgh 1
San Diego 5, San Francisco 4
NY Mets 2, LA Dodgers 1
Atlanta 3, Colorado 2
St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 3, (13)
Philadelphia at Arizona, (n)
Houston 5, Texas 3
Baltimore 4, Cleveland 0
Seattle 5, Detroit 3
Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 2
Boston 6, Minnesota 5
LA Angels 3, NY Yankees 2
Tampa Bay 2, Miami 1 (10)
Washington 5, Oakland 1
Chicago Cubs 7, Toronto 5