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LOS ANGELES — Much like Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Jacob deGrom battled adversity early but then clamped down to limit further damage, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings to earn a no-decision in the Mets' 3-2 loss...

Mets' Jacob deGrom once again shows off mettle vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Much like Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Jacob deGrom battled adversity early but then clamped down to limit further damage, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings to earn a no-decision in the Mets' 3-2 loss...

Mets' Jacob deGrom once again shows off mettle vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Much like Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Jacob deGrom battled adversity early but then clamped down to limit further damage, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings to earn a no-decision in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Taking the mound at Dodger Stadium for the first time since his thrilling victory in the deciding game of last fall's NLDS, deGrom surrendered two runs in the first inning on back-to-back doubles from Chase Utley and Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez's run-scoring sacrifice fly.

But deGrom held the Dodgers scoreless for the rest of his outing, despite falling into treacherous jams in the second and third innings. 

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"This night showed what Jake deGrom is made of," manager Terry Collins said. "We all talk about the plus stuff. He's fighting through some mechanical things right now, and this guys was in trouble for the first five innings. Yet looked up and he gave you seven innings. That tells me a lot about him."

DeGrom said he's still having trouble correcting a mechanical issue that also cropped up during his previous start against the San Diego Padres, when he gave up three runs over five innings. 

"You kind of realize that you don't have your best stuff," deGrom said. "My stuff was kind of flat in the zone. I tried to make an adjustment in the game to try to get my front side up. It's still a little low."

While deGrom called the outing a "mental battle," he retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced and managed to pitch a season-high seven innings. DeGrom is now 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five starts this year.

"This guy is usually pinpoint, and he hasn't been that," Collins said. "That's why he's been struggling. I'll tell you one thing, I like running him out there every fifth day."

Maria Guardado may be reached at mguardado@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @mi_guardado. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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