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NYM@PHI: deGrom strikes out 11 over 6 1/3 frames

Jacob deGrom's last outing was a blemish on an otherwise eye-opening start to his Major League career with the Mets.

After rattling off four quality starts during the month of May to kick start his career in the Majors, deGrom allowed four earned runs on five hits in five innings in his last trip to the mound.

"You know, my stuff was good, I just struggled with command," deGrom said. "I fell behind a lot of people, had to pitch to them. That's pretty much sums it up."

The 25-year-old rookie will attempt to get back on track against the Brewers and Wily Peralta on Wednesday in New York. Peralta has had issues of his own at times in his last two outings.

The right-hander got the win in his last start, allowing four runs in five innings, coming off a start in which he went 5 2/3 innings while surrendering six runs. Nonetheless, his manager wasn't totally pleased with the performance in the win after Peralta had left a ball up in the zone for a grand slam in the third inning and walked three.

"Wily, as much as we like his stuff and his arm, he was all over again -- up in the zone," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We need him to somehow get it down back in the zone and get some easy outs. He works really hard on every single batter, and you can't keep doing that."

Peralta needed 101 pitches to get through five innings in that start. He has quality starts in eight of his 12 outings this season, but has allowed 10 runs in his last 10 2/3 innings while walking five.

"I was trying to get it to the sixth," Peralta said of his last outing. "I was trying to work ahead in the count, pitching for contact, and I was able to make it at least to the fifth."

Meanwhile, deGrom will still be searching for his first win in the Majors despite becoming the fifth pitcher in Mets history to earn a quality start in each of his first four starts. The only other Mets pitcher to have four quality starts in his first four career games only to come away with no wins is Ron Darling in 1983.

Brewers: Crew set for heavy schedule
Tuesday's matchup against the Mets marked the first of 20 games in 20 days for Milwaukee, a stretch that will bring it to June 30.

"I think the guys, they understand what it is," Roenicke said. "We have enough veterans here that will go out every day and know how to get prepared. They know it's an important time. It's a lot of road games also -- it's not just a long stretch."

The Brewers have had a remarkably even schedule so far -- 32 games at home, 32 on the road entering Tuesday -- and that will continue during this stretch as they split the rest of the month 10 home, 10 away.

Mets: Tejada serves as leading man
Despite some hesitation to move Ruben Tejada out of his comfortable perch lower down in the lineup, Mets manager Terry Collins on Tuesday shifted Tejada to leadoff for the first time this season.

Tejada entered Tuesday batting .341 (14-for-41) with six RBIs over his last 12 games, then walked and scored with two outs in the third inning of Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Brewers. The Mets had mostly used Matt den Dekker as their leadoff hitter with both Eric Young and Juan Lagares on the disabled list.

"We put Ruben there today because he's been doing a great job getting on base in the last 10 games," Collins said of Tejada, who had led off 99 times in prior seasons. "We thought since that's the case, let's just see if it works, because in the past he's led off and gotten on base and we've been successful. So we're going to try it again."

Worth noting
• Only four Mets players have ever faced Peralta. The hitters are a combined 0-for-12 against the right-hander.

• The Mets scored first in Tuesday's win against the Brewers. New York has scored first in 13 of its last 15 games and is 21-19 this season when scoring first. Comments