Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing behind Chase Utley in the third inning and the second baseman responded with a pair of home runs and 5 RBIs to lead the Dodgers past the Mets, 9-1, on Saturday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Utley broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer leading off the top of the sixth inning. He hit a grand slam in the seventh to give him 38 career home runs against the Mets, his most against any opponent. Utley has driven in nine runs in the first two games of the series.
- Syndergaard was ejected with one out in the top of the third when he threw a first-pitch fastball behind Utley's back. Terry Collins was also ejected after arguing forcefully with home plate umpire Adam Hamari.
- Logan Verrett replaced Syndergaard and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before surrendering Utley's leadoff home run in the sixth and a two-out, RBI single to Yasiel Puig later in the inning. He was charged with two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 frames.
- Hansel Robles allowed three home runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief, including Utley's grand slam. The Dodgers hit five home runs in the last four innings against New York's bullpen.
- Juan Lagares hit his second home run in as many nights, a solo blast in the eighth inning. It was the eighth consecutive game the Mets have gone deep, the team's longest stretch since they homered in nine straight from Aug. 31-Sep. 9 of last year.
- Syndergaard on his pitch and ejection: "Tonight was a warm one out there. I got a little sweaty and that one that got away from me … I was a little shocked yeah, knowing our past with the Dodgers, he might have thought different. It was just a pitch that got away from me … I think a warning might have sufficed before a total ejection but not much I can do about it now … I really don't see why I'd be facing a suspension for letting a ball get away from me … I do everything in my power to go out and compete for as many innings as I could, but unfortunately the umpire had different plans for me."
- Umpire and crew chief Tom Hallion on the ejection: "The ruling was that he intentionally threw at the batter, and with that, we have a judgement on whether we thought it was intentional, and if it was, we can either warn or eject. And with what happened in that situation, we felt the ejection was warranted."
News and notes…
- With the rubber game set for Sunday, New York will look for their first series win over Los Angeles at Citi Field since 2011.
- The Mets bullpen has allowed 13 runs in 8 2/3 innings in this series after surrendering nine on Saturday. Their collective ERA rose from 2.29 to 3.04 in the last two games.
- Lagares' home run in the eighth was New York's only hit after Michael Conforto's two-out single in the first.
- David Wright missed the game with neck soreness that the club has labeled unrelated to his back woes.
- The Mets held a pregame ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World Series championship team. A majority of living members of that club were on hand for the festivities.
The Mets (28-20) and Dodgers (26-24) square off in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field at 8:08 p.m. ET on ESPN. Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44 ERA) gets the start for New York in its second consecutive nationally televised game. He will face Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) who has never lost to New York in the regular season.