Beltre out of Rangers' lineup again after spraining ankle

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A bloated ERA is attached to Jacob deGrom's name here in the first week of June in what has become yet another worrisome development for the Mets. Perhaps more concerning is that their ace doesn't have the answers for why he is struggling. "They gave me a lead and I gave it back". In his 88 starts in the big leagues, Jacob deGrom had never put together two bad starts in a row. In Tuesday's game, Andrus went 1-for-5, while Mazara lit it up with four hits, a homer and two RBI.

"Bad outing", deGrom said after getting punished for leaving pitches down the middle. "I have got to be better than that".

DeGrom has been one of the game's premier pitchers since his 2014 debut, and he is the lone remaining in the Mets' once-vaunted rotation in Noah Syndergaard's absence.

Gee came up as a long reliever at the end of last month and made two appearances out of the bullpen, totaling 6 2/3 innings. In his previous outing, he yielded seven runs to snap the team's three-game winning streak. DeGrom and catcher Travis d'Arnaud both said his issues stemmed from his inability to locate his pitches. With Lagares picking up his career-high tying fourth hit of the night in the ninth and Conforto drawing a walk with no outs in the ninth, the Mets brought Cabrera, the go-ahead run, to the plate. Joey Gallo's two-run homer in the third regained the lead (for good) 5-4 in the third. Wheeler is just 3-3 despite allowing three runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts. Physically, he insists he feels fine, only adding to the frustration of the results. "I just look at it as any other start".

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While the Mets' hitters gave deGrom four early runs to work with, they failed to break the game open against ex-Met Dillon Gee despite numerous chances. The Mets were 2-15 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base to the Rangers' 8. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out eight and walked just one, but he needed 104 pitches to get through five innings. Only Jared Hoying reaching above the center-field fence to rob Jay Bruce deprived the Mets of three consecutive homers in the inning.

Darvish took the loss Friday against the Astros after giving up three runs in five innings. His blast gave the Rangers the lead and deGrom wouldn't make it out of the fourth inning. He now has a 10-game hitting streak and is hitting.305 overall with seven homers this season.

"You tell me that Jake deGrom is going to start a game and we're going to score eight runs, I figure the game is over", Collins said.

On a day manager Terry Collins was discussing the possibility of a six-man rotation, one could only wonder if the Mets even have more than two or three starters worth sending to the mound.

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