Jacob deGrom labored through five innings and the Mets could not complete the four-game sweep of the Marlins, dropping the finale, 6-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field.
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- Despite an extra three days of rest, deGrom (7-8) struggled for the third straight outing. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks with six strikeouts in five innings to lose his third consecutive start.
- The Mets trailed by two runs in the seventh but in his second inning of work, Josh Smoker surrendered a three-run jack to Christian Yelich. The Marlins outfielder went 6-for-14 with seven RBIs in the series and homered in each of the last three games.
- Jay Bruce's RBI single in the eighth cut the deficit to 6-2 as the Mets loaded the bases with nobody out. But in his first game back from Triple-A Las Vegas, Michael Conforto grounded into a 1-2-3 double play and Yoenis Cespedes struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the rally.
- Bruce's 28th home run of the season got the Mets on the board in the sixth. He went 2-for-4 for the second straight game and drove in two runs.
- Asdrubal Cabrera and Cespedes were both held out of the starting lineup. Cabrera hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth, his 18th of the season.
- Obtained in a trade on Wednesday from the Angels, Fernando Salas made his Mets debut and allowed one hit and no runs after taking over for Smoker in the seventh.
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Terry Collins on deGrom: "It's a little troubling for me. That's not Jake, and that's the thing that we've been watching. His command is not what it has been, and that's the big issue. … Jake deGrom is a huge piece. You can't lose three-fifths of your rotation, coming out of Spring Training, arguably as good as there was in the Major Leagues. You can't lose three-fifths and still be in good shape."
DeGrom on his start: "I didn't feel great out there today. I walked four guys. I can't put the ball where I want right now. I've got to figure that out. … I think it's mechanical. Like I said, I feel fine. I got tired toward the end. And I've been falling off so hard to the first-base side. If you look back at film from last year, I could throw the ball and almost stand there on my landing leg. There's no even close to doing that this year."
DeGrom on if he's hurting: "Everything's fine. I was frustrated with how I pitched. I didn't feel great out there tonight. I just wanted to talk to Ray. ... I'm fine."
News and notes…
- New York's three-game winning streak was snapped as they dropped to 5-2 on their homestand with three remaining against the Nationals. The Mets trail the idle Cardinals by two games for the final N.L. Wild Card spot.
- New York has hit 94 home runs at home this season, just two shy of the club record set in 2006 at Shea Stadium. This year's club holds the Citi Field record, besting last year's 85 long balls.
- Of the 60 runs the Mets have scored against the Marlins this season, 31 have come against the bullpen.
- Bruce's homer was his first as a Met at Citi Field and first since Aug. 6, a span of 78 at-bats.
- Cabrera has four doubles and five home runs in 43 at-bats since returning from the disabled list.
- DeGrom has a 9.82 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 16 runs on 31 hits and seven walks in 14 2/3 innings. He entered the start with a 1.89 ERA in 76 innings at Citi Field this season.
- Prior to the game, the Mets recalled Kevin Plawecki, Ty Kelly, Gabriel Ynoa and Conforto from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (69-65) continue their Wild Card push as they face the Nationals (78-55) in the first of three on Friday night at Citi Field beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) opens the series against Washington looking for his fourth consecutive win. Rookie A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97 ERA) takes the mound for Washington in his fourth Major League start.