Rapid Reaction: Brewers 3, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- The wait goes on for Jacob deGrom.

The frustration builds for the New York Mets, who have lost seven of their last eight after falling 3-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday night at Citi Field.

DeGrom (5 2/3 innings, nine hits, three runs) remains winless as a major leaguer, despite yet another start that he could have won with a little help from his teammates. He's 0-3 through six starts but has a 3.44 ERA that more accurately reflects the way he has pitched.

The ERA also provides a stark contrast with Chris Schwinden, the only other pitcher in Mets history who went winless in six starts to begin his major league career. Through those six starts in 2011-12, Schwinden's ERA was 6.52.

Two years later, Schwinden still hasn't made another major league start. He's been claimed on waivers four times and released once, and he's now in Triple-A with the Texas Rangers.

DeGrom will remain in the Mets rotation -- and rightfully so. While he allowed a career-high nine hits Wednesday, he didn't allow many hard-hit balls, and got little support from his defense or from his hitters, who had five hits and scored only on Lucas Duda's second-inning sacrifice fly.

He's winless through six starts, but that's not always a career-killer.

The Dodgers had a rookie in 2008 who didn't win any of his first nine big league starts. His name? Clayton Kershaw.

Collins goes (but just for the game): Mets manager Terry Collins has for the most part been able to contain his frustration, but not on Wednesday. After replay officials turned down Collins' bid to get an out at first base overturned in the fifth inning, Collins went straight out to argue with plate umpire Gary Cederstrom, basically begging to be thrown out of the game.

Eventually, Cederstrom did exactly that, giving Collins his first ejection of the season.

On the play in question, Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds bobbled a Taylor Teagarden ground ball, and his throw reached pitcher Wily Peralta just as Teagarden reached first base. First-base umpire Angel Hernandez signaled out. Replays suggested Teagarden might have been safe but were ruled to be inconclusive, so the call stood.

It was the 13th time Collins has used the replay system to challenge a call, and the eighth time he has been turned down.

Fans don't show: For the second night in a row, the Mets announced their smallest home attendance of the season, with Wednesday's 20,170 coming in a little shy of Tuesday's 20,206.

It was the fifth-smallest announced crowd in Citi Field's six-year history, and the Mets' smallest home crowd in June since 2004.

No help: DeGrom gave up more hits than he had in any of his first five starts, but his teammates shared the blame.

A Duda dropped foul popup prolonged an at-bat that ended with a Jonathan Lucroy single, and a fly ball dropped in front of Bobby Abreu for a soft single. Neither of those led to a run, but when Curtis Granderson dived awkwardly after an Aramis Ramirez fly ball, Ramirez ended up with a leadoff double in the fourth inning (and eventually scored).

K-Rod saves: Francisco Rodriguez, who had 83 saves in 2 1/2 seasons with the Mets and told reporters Wednesday that he wouldn't mind returning someday, pitched the ninth inning for the Brewers for his 20th save of the season.

It was Rodriguez's third career save against the Mets, with one coming for the Angels before he came to New York and the last two coming for the Brewers.

What's next: The Mets and Brewers wrap up their series with a 7:10 p.m. game Thursday night. Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.68) starts for the Mets. Right-hander Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.27), the Brewers' best starter so far this season, will be on the mound for Milwaukee.