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Jacob deGrom’s return from the injured list at least provided a sense of normalcy to the Mets rotation Tuesday.
A lineup besieged by injuries is another story altogether, but the Mets have their ace and a solid bullpen behind him. That represents a decent starting point for a team still clinging to the NL East lead.
Over five innings, deGrom resembled his usual self and the Mets eked out enough offense to snap a three-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Rockies at Citi Field.
DeGrom, back from the right side tightness that cost him two starts, returned to the mound throwing 100 mph and allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over five innings, departing after 63 pitches. The right-hander threw 41 pitches over three innings in a rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie last Thursday.
On this night he became the first pitcher in Mets history with seven consecutive starts to begin the season in which he allowed one earned run or less.
Miguel Castro followed with two shutout innings before Trevor May and Edwin Diaz got to the finish line with a scoreless frame apiece. Diaz earned his eighth save in as many chances this season.
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