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Amid trade buzz, tough-luck deGrom takes loss

Slowly, JT Riddle’s ground ball dribbled down the first-base line, freezing Wilmer Flores where he stood. As Flores stared at the baseball, Riddle ran past him, sprinting into first base with a go-ahead RBI single on Saturday in the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Marlins.

No one had a better vantage point of the play than Jacob deGrom, who had seen this type of thing before. The Mets all have. Coming out of Spring Training with October aspirations, the Mets concluded the third-worst month in franchise history, winning just five games in June to fall to the National League’s worst record. Their inability to win deGrom’s starts has baffled them; their inability to win, period, has exasperated them.

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