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Mets: Jacob deGrom exits game due to lateral problem

NEW YORK – New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom abandoned his Sunday start after hitting two warm-up pitches before the sixth inning.

DeGrom was pitching for the first time since he missed an opening due to discomfort on his right back.

The two-time National League Cy Young winner threw 68 pitches in five innings against Arizona, allowing one run, but called a coach when he felt uncomfortable trying to get loose before the sixth. He left with the coach and went straight to the clubhouse, and it was not immediately announced what prompted him to leave.

DeGrom struck out six and allowed one hit. He was perfect for four innings before struggling in the fifth, when he allowed one run.

The right-hander walked three times at the entrance, just the second time in his career that he has done so. His previous three-ticket entry was on May 13, 2018 in Philadelphia. He was pulled after one inning in that game, his first return from the disabled list.

New York led 2-1 when it came out Sunday, with deGrom scoring the second run after hitting a perfectly placed bunt in the third inning.

He was replaced by right-hander Miguel Castro.

DeGrom started the day with a 2-2 record despite a 0.51 ERA.

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