NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom didn't get much help from his teammates — or the umpires, for that matter. And that's what led to an early exit for manager Terry Collins.
Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning to send the Milwaukee Brewers past the slumping New York Mets 3-1 Wednesday night.
Still looking for his first career win, deGrom (0-3) was lifted in the sixth after throwing 80 of his 107 pitches for strikes. The shaggy-haired rookie has a 3.44 ERA following six mostly solid starts.
"One of these days we are going to get that big hit for him and he'll get that win," Collins said after his team's seventh loss in eight games.
Collins made it halfway through the latest defeat, ejected in the fifth for arguing a replay ruling. The attendance of 20,170 marked the smallest crowd at Citi Field this season — for the second consecutive night.
With the Mets trailing by two, Taylor Teagarden was called out on a bang-bang play at first base to open the bottom of the fifth. Collins challenged, and the crowd cheered when replays appeared to show Teagarden was safe by a hair.
But the call stood upon review, bringing a confounded Collins out of the dugout again. He gestured toward the big video board in center field and was given some leeway during the discussion before getting tossed by plate umpire Gary Cederstrom.
"Too hard for (them) to overturn, I guess," Teagarden said.
It was Collins' first ejection this season. Managers are not allowed to argue replay rulings.
"I knew when I left the dugout what was going to happen," Collins said. "Sometimes you have to have an answer."
Collins said umpires have suggested he visit Major League Baseball's replay center in Manhattan, and he said "now I think I will."
"I've seen closer plays than this one tonight overruled," he said. "I think the system works and it's been outstanding. Tonight, for whatever reason, whatever they say that I didn't see, it didn't get changed."
Lucroy doubled twice and drove in a run, raising his batting average to .341. Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura each had an RBI as the NL Central leaders wore down deGrom.
"They were really aggressive in that first inning," deGrom said. "Three bloop hits and to get out of that was good, but whenever you start out like that, in the back of your mind, you're like, it's going to be a rough night."
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