Jacob deGrom exits start after four innings with hyperextended right elbow

Mets bats fail to pick up shaky Syndergaard in loss to Braves

Modal Trigger Jay Bruce lines out during the Mets 3-2 loss Tuesday night. Anthony J. Causi

Another is that with Wednesday's loss, the Mets fell out of first place.

But the biggest news of the day for the Mets will nearly certainly have nothing to do with how Vargas performs.

DeGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb and beat NY 7-0 Wednesday night. He'll undergo an MRI, and results will be available Thursday.

The Mets are 9-5 in games started by deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who have combined to post a 2.46 ERA.

Obviously, the Mets rotation would take a big hit if the right-hander were to miss any substantial period of time.

The game was scoreless when deGrom exited the game, but the Mets wound up losing 7-0 after going to their bullpen early.

"Whatever happens (with deGrom), we can sit here and worry about it, cry about it, whatever. We lost fair and square", Frazier said. Jose Quintana and Aaron Nola - 12 times in the first 29 games. However, he immediately departed for the clubhouse once the inning ended and was never seen again.

But alas, New York's divisional lead was merely a placeholder for Atlanta (winners of four straight) and its band of young power brokers.

Should Atlanta beat NY on this suddenly sour night, sole-possession of first place in the division officially changes hands.

Freeman and Nick Markakis each had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta. He left because of tightness in his right upper trapezius but felt fine while throwing this week. He carried a 3-0 record with a 2.06 ERA into Wednesday's start. The 27-year-old has a 2.45 ERA over his previous four starts after allowing nine runs over eight frames in his first two outings this year.

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