New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom lost his third straight start after he allowed three runs and five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Citi Field.
"I'm more frustrated with myself about today," deGrom (3-4) said. "I didn't put us in a very good position to win. I want to go deeper in ballgames, and it doesn't help when you are [around] 100 pitches after six innings."
Since winning his first three starts of the season, deGrom is winless in his last nine starts, having gone 0-4 with a 3.58 ERA. DeGrom has only allowed more than three runs just once this season, but New York's offense has scored two runs in his last four starts combined.
"It's disappointing, but we are going to go through these rough times, and that is part of the sport," Michael Conforto said.
DeGrom struggled early, needing 62 pitches to get through the first three innings. He attributed his high pitch count to the Braves being able to work the count full, which they did four times within the first two innings.
"I haven't been able to put people away when I want to," he said, "so I think there is still some work to be done."
Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis both hit two-out RBI singles in the third inning to give the Braves a 2-0 lead, and Markakis added a solo home run in the sixth inning. Atlanta scored three runs off the Mets' bullpen.
"I couldn't make a pitch to get the third out," deGrom said. "It's just one of those days."