The Mets failed to take advantage of opportunities on offense and Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in relief in an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jacob deGrom turned in a quality start, but allowed three runs for the first time since April 16. He allowed a first-inning home run to Max Muncy and then gave up a two-run double to Chris Taylor in the fourth. He struck out six batters while throwing 112 pitches in six innings of work.
2) Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but returned for the eighth and immediately struggled. He allowed a pair of leadoff hits and intentionally walked a batter before Enrique Hernandez drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt. Matt Kemp hit a grand slam to left field later in the inning to give the Dodgers an 8-2 lead at the time.
3) Jose Bautista led the Mets on offense, giving his team their first run the second inning with an RBI double before going deep in the eighth inning for his first home run as a Met. Wilmer Flores drove in the Mets' second run in the third inning with an RBI single.
4) Michael Conforto hit a double, Brandon Nimmo tripled, and Todd Frazier had two hits on a night when the Mets otherwise failed to capitalize on their opportunities. New York went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position one night after they went 0-for-6. Clayton Kershaw wasn't his best in his return from the DL, but the Dodgers' bullpen kept the Mets at bay.
5) RHP Drew Smith, who was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, made his major league debut and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out one batter and walked two while throwing 22 pitches.
News and Notes...
The Mets have lost five straight games and 17 of their last 21... New York has dipped to a season-low 12 games under .500. The Mets have scored four or fewer runs in 15 straight games at home and are 1-12 in their lat 13 games at Citi Field.
The Mets have lost 11 straight games against the Dodgers, which is tied for the longest streak in history between the two teams.
Michael Conforto's double extended his hitting streak to six games and he is hitting .375 during that timespan... Brandon Nimmo is hitting .395 in his last eight games... Jose Bautista has reached base safely in nine straight games.
The Mets and Dodgers will conclude their series on Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. matchup at Citi Field. Rich Hill will pitch for Los Angeles, while the Mets do not currently have a starter.