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Mets' lack of hitting sets tone for losing weekend against Braves

NEW YORK -- It would have been such a nice story.

The New York Mets had Jacob deGrom pitching on his 28th birthday, and on his first Father's Day as a father. It would have been such a nice story, if only the Mets could have scored him a few runs.

They didn't, of course. They didn't score any runs.

They barely had a hit.

Their lost weekend against the Atlanta Braves reached its logical conclusion Sunday, when Michael Conforto’s third-inning single gave the Mets their only baserunner in a 6-0 loss to Julio Teheran.

It's not easy to lose three straight games to the Braves, but it can be done if you score only four runs in a three-game series. The Mets did it.

DeGrom wasn't great, allowing three runs in six innings and needing 98 pitches to do it. But just as in so many other Mets games this season, the real story was the complete lack of hitting.

This was the 17th time in 68 games that the Mets have been held to one run or none, and despite what deGrom must be thinking, it doesn't just happen in games he starts.

The Mets have scored one, one, none and none in his four starts this month, which is a pretty incredible streak. But they've actually had more of those awful offensive games this year when Matt Harvey is on the mound (five), and just as many when Noah Syndergaard starts (four).

It was also the second time this season the Mets have been held to one hit, with both games coming against the Braves.