Joe Musgrove silences Mets, Padres advance to NLDS

NEW YORK — Joe Musgrove tossed seven innings of scoreless, one-hit ball and retired six of the final seven batters he faced after being checked for illegal substances Sunday night as the visiting San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets 6-0 in the decisive third game of their National League wild-card series.The Padres, the fifth seed in the NL, advance to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers in an NL Division Series scheduled to begin Tuesday. The Dodgers finished 22 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West this season.The Mets, who won 101 regular season games and spent 175 days in first place in the NL East this year, head into an uncertain offseason in which Jacob deGrom is expected to opt out of his contract and closer Edwin Diaz and leadoff hitter Brandon Nimmo are headed for free agency.After his ears, hat and glove were checked for illegal substances, Musgrove threw a perfect sixth inning and appeared to shout at the Mets’ dugout on his way off the field.Musgrove (1-0) struck out five and walked one. Robert Suarez struck out two in a perfect eighth before Josh Hader tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the 15th one-hitter in postseason history and the first since the Washington Nationals blanked the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 11, 2019.

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