Things you should know about today's game...
1) Blanked through five innings, the Dodgers homered four times in their next three turns at bat and five times overall. Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig hit solo homers for the second straight game. Justin Turner also hit a solo homer and Cody Bellinger launched a two-run shot, his 31st of the season that tied the game, 3-3, in the sixth.
2) Seth Lugo held the Dodgers hitless through 4 2/3 innings but collapsed in the sixth. Holding a 3-0 lead, the right-hander yielded two home runs in a three-batter span and was lifted after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3.
3) Michael Conforto led off the Mets' first with his 22nd homer and Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson went back-to-back later in the frame to give the Mets a quick, 3-0, lead. New York put the first two batters on in the second but did not score. Rene Rivera hit a solo shot in the ninth for the Mets' fourth solo home run of the game.
4) Paul Sewald allowed Puig's go-ahead homer leading off the seventh and Turner's solo blast in the eighth. Corey Seager slugged a two-run shot off Fernando Salas in the ninth.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
The stats back it up, but all you need is your two eyes to see how truly awful the Mets' pitching is. Granted, Los Angeles isn't exactly a good matchup for any staff, but New York continues to threaten the 1962 club for the worst team ERA in franchise history. After Saturday's five-homer barrage by the Dodgers, the Mets have allowed 155 roundtrippers to go along with a 4.94 ERA through 108 games.
Things looked good early after New York gave Los Angeles a taste of their own medicine with three first-inning home runs. Lugo looked strong early, holding the Dodgers out of the hit column until there were two outs in the fifth before the roof caved in. It's been a consistent pattern with Lugo this year. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .250 average the first two turns through the lineup. That number spikes to .368 in the third and fourth turns at bat against Lugo, who has an 11.90 ERA in the sixth inning of his starts this season.
Just an overall moribund performance against a team that is beyond hot. The Dodgers are 43-7 in their last 50 games and 6-0 against the Mets, who they've toyed with. There couldn't be a more crystal-clear dichotomy between two teams than what we're seeing this weekend at Citi Field... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets have lost seven straight to the Dodgers dating back to May 28, 2016. It's the longest losing streak against Los Angeles since 1965 when New York also lost seven straight.
The Dodgers have homered at least three times in all six games against the Mets this season.
Amed Rosario went hitless for the first time in five games as a Major Leaguer.
Conforto extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games. His fifth leadoff home run of the season was his eighth long ball since the All-Star break.
Neil Walker played first base for the first time in his Major League career. He moved from second during a double-switch.
The Mets (49-59) try and avoid the sweep by the Dodgers (78-32) at Citi Field on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Steven Matz (2-4, 5.50 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) takes the mound hoping to reverse a tailspin that includes an 11.78 ERA in his last five starts. The left-hander pitched five scoreless innings against the Rockies on Tuesday before allowing three runs and four straight hits to begin the sixth. Matz surrendered three runs and struck out a season-high eight in six frames during a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 22.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 3.83 ERA 1.37 WHIP) closes the series for Los Angeles looking for his second win in nine starts despite a 3.43 ERA. The southpaw blanked the Giants over seven innings last Sunday but took a no-decision in a 3-2 win. Ryu faced Matz in Los Angeles and allowed two runs over five frames in a 6-3 win.