The Mets' bullpen allowed six runs in the sixth inning and their late rally fell short as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Monday at Dodger Stadium. >> Box score
Six things to know about Monday's game
1) After Jacob deGrom was taken out of the game through five innings at 105 pitches, Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora combined to give up six runs and six hits in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 lead into an 8-3 deficit, the big blow a Kiké Hernandez three-run homer off Zamora that gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.
2) The Mets were thrown out on the basepaths three times, each time costing them a run. In the first inning, Cody Bellinger threw out Michael Conforto at the plate when he tried to score from second on a Todd Frazier single. In the fifth, Tomas Nido was thrown out trying to score from first base on Amed Rosario's one-out double. And with the bases loaded in the eighth, Carlos Gomez was thrown out trying to advance to third on a would-be sac fly that ended the inning.
3) Adeiny Hechavarria's two-run homer in the eighth inning brought the Mets within three, and they had the go-ahead run at the plate and the bases loaded. Kenley Jensen got J.D. Davis, who homered earlier, to fly out to right field. Bellinger, instead of throwing home to get Nido, threw out Gomez before Nido touched the plate to keep the deficit at three and end the inning.
4) In a battle of former National League Cy Young Award winners, neither was particularly dominant. DeGrom received a no-decision, as he allowed two runs, seven hits and one walk in five innings. His counterpart, Clayton Kershaw, gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings.
5) Davis' two-run homer off Kershaw in the fifth inning turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead, but Bashlor gave up the game-tying solo homer to Chris Taylor in the sixth inning.
6) New York scored in the first inning on a Pete Alonso RBI single, but the Dodgers tied it in the bottom half of the inning on Corey Seager's run-scoring fielder's choice. Bellinger homered in the third to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Steven Matz (3-3, 3.63 ERA) faces Rich Hill (1-1, 2.67 ERA) in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.