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Pitching solid as Braves, Mets battle to 3-3 tie
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jacob deGrom pitched six-plus strong innings and drove in a run as the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves played to a 10-inning 3-3 tie Saturday.

In his longest start of spring training, deGrom struck out five and allowed a walk and two earned runs on three hits.

After retiring the first nine batters, he allowed back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fourth before Adonis Garcia grounded into a run-scoring double play.

"It was a little hot out there today, but it felt good, the slider felt good," deGrom said. "Last year (playing into the World Series) was a long year. That was the most I'd thrown, so taking a little more time in the offseason helped me prepare to use spring training to build into the year and get a little more to get ready."

In the top of the fifth, deGrom drove in a run when Marc Krauss scored on a groundout to first.

"I would've liked to have a hit there, but (Braves first baseman) Freddie (Freeman) got in the way," deGrom said. "An RBI, I'll take it, because I actually pulled the ball, which is strange (for me)."

Braves starter Bud Norris allowed two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked three.

"The last couple (of starts in spring training) are really important just to get deeper into games and fine tune everything," Norris said. "It was nice to pitch deep into a game since it was hotter than you know what out there, but it felt great to go six."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez enjoyed Saturday's pitching matchup that was briskly played through the first three innings with Norris and deGrom combining to retire 17 of the 18 batters.

"Bud did a great job and, so did deGrom — those two guys matched up well with each other, I'm sure that's a matchup we'll see again probably a lot later this season," Gonzalez said.

In the sixth, Michael Borne pinch hit for Norris and hit a triple, the Braves 12th this spring, which leads the Grapefruit League.