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Mets get successful return from Jacob deGrom, beat Rockies 3-1

All it took for the Mets to rediscover their winning ways was the return of baseball’s best pitcher.

In his first start back from the injured list, Jacob deGrom delivered five strong innings on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over the Rockies at Citi Field. Treading carefully with their ace, who has battled right-side tightness for most of the last month, the Mets limited deGrom to five innings and 63 pitches.

For a team trying to snap a three-game losing streak, that was plenty. deGrom allowed his only run on a Ryan McMahon homer in the second inning, which stuck him with a no-decision. But catcher Tomás Nido later lifted the Mets with a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the sixth.

Hitting 100 mph with his first pitch of the night, deGrom reached 101 on the radar gun and averaged 99 mph with his four-seam fastball. deGrom threw that pitch 71 percent of the time in striking out nine Rockies batters without a walk. He allowed only two hits aside from McMahon’s homer — two singles to Brendan Rodgers.

deGrom had been on the IL since May 10 due to right-side tightness, which had affected him as far back as April. His Major League-leading ERA now sits at 0.80.