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Rookie deGrom has rare blemish

Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press

Jacob deGrom allowed three runs in six innings in a no-decision Thursday.

WASHINGTON -- Jacob deGrom ended up with a quality start and a no-decision. Still, the rookie-right-hander could not be pleased with his outing.

DeGrom allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings. The reigning NL Rookie of the Month for July had won his previous five starts.

“My offspeed wasn’t very good. I kind of struggled with my command,” deGrom said after the 5-3, 13-inning loss to the Washington Nationals. “I was throwing strikes, but I wasn’t really locating as well as I wanted to. So it was kind of a mental battle today. I kept us in the ballgame and we tied it up and we just couldn’t win it in the end.”

DeGrom went 67 1/3 innings without allowing a homer before Ian Desmond's two-run shot in the second inning opened the game’s scoring.

“I was trying to go two-seamer in, but I left it up a little bit,” deGrom said. “He just got to it.”

DeGrom now has a 2.87 ERA this season.

“I thought he was fine. I really did,” Terry Collins said. “His ball was up in the zone more than it has been, but he’s shown everything that we’ve talked about -- that competitiveness, the hanging in there.”