Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Robert Gsellman became the second straight Mets starter to allow four runs in the first inning. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger connected on two-run homers off Gsellman (5-5), who surrendered eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
2) Seager joined Washington's Anthony Rendon as players to homer three times in one game against New York this season. He finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Bellinger went deep for the third time in two games and Yasmani Grandal also homered for the Dodgers, who have hit 13 roundtrippers in their last three games.
3) Jay Bruce, T.J. Rivera, Rene Rivera and Gavin Cecchini had the only hits for New York -- all singles -- which was shut out for the second time this season.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
In a season that is not even half over and has seemingly featured a number of "rock-bottom moments," Tuesday night might have topped them all. The Dodgers flexed their muscles for a second straight game against the Mets, homering five times -- three by Seager -- after going deep four times in Monday's series opener.
After a string of solid starts, Gsellman was pounded for the second consecutive outing as his ERA spiked back up over six for the season. What can be said that hasn't already been in regards to the Mets' pitching? It's a complete and total train wreck, and despite a brief surge one time through the rotation 10 days ago, has shown nothing to indicate it will get better.
New York has been outscored 22-6 in the first two games of this series and have lost five of six overall, erasing whatever good feeling and momentum they had prior to the Nationals' series. The Mets are not only losing, but losing U-G-L-Y. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets matched their low-water mark at eight games below .500 (31-39) for the third time this season.
In its last turn through the rotation, New York's starters have an 8.13 ERA, allowing 28 earned runs in 31 innings. Zack Wheeler and Gsellman combined to surrender 21 of those runs.
Gsellman has a 13.50 ERA after surrendering 14 earned runs on 20 hits -- including six home runs -- in his last two starts spanning 9 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old served up a career-high four homers on Tuesday.
Of the 48 runs Gsellman has allowed in his 12 starts this season, 17 have come in the first inning.
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on the Mets' woes: "When you're down 4-0 before you got an out, that starts to take a little starch out of you. ... We'll rally, get some rest and come back tomorrow to get ready to play."
Gsellman on his start: "I'm getting my butt kicked out there."
The Mets (31-39) try to stop the steamrolling Dodgers (46-26) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. on SNY.
Tyler Pill (0-2, 3.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) returns to the Mets to make his third career start against his hometown team. The right-hander allowed six runs -- four earned -- over 10 2/3 innings in his first two big league starts. He has never faced Los Angeles.
Rich Hill (3-3, 5.14 ERA 1.57 WHIP) looks to rebound from his worst start of the season last Thursday against the Indians. The 37-year-old surrendered season-highs of seven runs and eight hits over four innings of a 12-5 loss. Hill, who has not pitched more than five innings in any of his eight starts this season, is 0-2 in four career appearances -- two starts -- with a 13.50 ERA against the Mets. He has not faced New York since 2013.