The New York Mets lost their third straight game Wednesday night, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 at Citi Field. It was also New York’s sixth loss in seven games, and 14th loss in the month of May, winning only five this month so far.
The Mets overall record fell to 20-25. In his first start back from the disabled list, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu dazzled. The Korean veteran picked up the win improving to 4-2. Ryu pitched 6 strong innings, scattering 9 hits, but only 2 runs, tallying 9 strikeouts. Rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom took the loss for the Mets dropping to 0-2.
The Dodgers were retired in order in the top of the first and the Mets failed to score in the bottom of the first. In the top of second Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez launched a solo shot to the Pepsi Porch, the overhang in right field, to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. From there Jacob deGrom settled down, getting centerfielder Matt Kemp to fly out to right, left fielder Carl Crawford to strike out swinging, and third baseman Justin Turner to pop out to first in foul ground to retire the side. Both teams did not score in their next at bats.
In the bottom of the third, deGrom led off with a strike out swinging. Centerfielder Juan Lagares followed with a bloop single to center. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then lined a shot but Justin Turner leaped and grabbed the ball for the second out. Third baseman David Wright singled to right and left fielder Chris Young walked to load the bases. Right fielder Curtis Granderson then struck out swinging to end the inning. The Dodgers were held scoreless in the top of the fourth and the Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the fourth.
Matt Kemp started the top of the fifth by lining a shot to left. The ball fell in but Chris Young failed to cut the ball off and it rolled to the wall and Kemp held up at second with a double. Carl Crawford then grounded out to third. Justin Turner followed with a groundout to shortstop. Catcher AJ Ellis was intentionally walked to face Hyun-jin Ryu. Ryu lined a ball towards left, but David Wright dove and caught it to retire the side.
Leading off the bottom of the fifth Jacob deGrom singled up the middle. deGrom has both hits for Mets pitchers this season. Juan Lagares followed by hitting a scorching groundball down the first base line, but Adrian Gonzalez snagged it, stepped on first base for the first out and threw the ball to second to complete the double play. Daniel Murphy then grounded out to second to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth second baseman Dee Gordon struck out looking to lead off. Right fielder Yasiel Puig then crushed a ball to left center that hit off the fencing above the wall for a home run, making it 2-0 Dodgers. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez then lined a shot over the left filed wall extending Los Angeles’ lead to 3-0. Gonzalez followed with a strikeout looking and Matt Kemp grounded out to third to retire the side.
David Wright led off the bottom half of the sixth with a single up the middle. Chris Young then grounded a ball to third, Wright was forced out at second and Young was thrown out at first for a double play. Curtis Granderson then hit a ball off the end of his bat into left field for a bloop single. First baseman Eric Campbell then pulled a ball down the left field line, and over the fence for a two run home run, cutting the lead to 3-2. Shortstop Wilmer Flores then lined a single to right, but catcher Anthony Recker struck out looking to end the inning. The Dodgers were retired in order in the top of the seventh.
Brandon League came in to pitch for Hyun-jin Ryu in the bottom of the seventh. Outfielder Eric Young Jr pinch-hit for Carlos Torres who pitched replaced Jacob deGrom in the top of the seventh. Young Jr. grounded weakly to second base for the first out. Juan Lagares then laid a bunt down the third base line for a base hit. Daniel Murphy then grounded into a fielder’s choice and Lagares was forced out at second. David Wright then blooped a ball to right. Yasiel Puig dove and came up empty. The ball hit Puig’s glove keeping it from rolling to the wall. Wright landed on second with a double and Murphy was at third. Chris Young then grounded out to third for the final out.
Jeurys Familia relieved Torres in the top of the eighth. Infielder Chone Figgins pinch-hit for Brandon League and roped a double to center. Dee Gordon hit a dribbler up the first base line, Anthony Recker grabbed the ball and threw to first for the out, but Figgins advanced to third on the play. Yasiel Puig walked and Hanley Ramirez then grounded a ball back to Familia for what looked like a sure-fire double play. Both Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy ran towards the second base bag, causing Familia to hesitate. Famila threw to second forcing Puig out, but Ramirez was safe at first. Figgins scored making it 4-2 Dodgers.
Mets manager then pulled Familia and lefty specialist Scott Rice entered the game. Adrian Gonzalez then grounded back to Rice to retire the side. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the eighth thanks to Brian Wilson and the Dodgers went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth outfielder Bobby Abreu pinch-hit for closer Jenrry Mejia who pitched a scoreless ninth for the Mets. Abreu lined a shot but right at Hanley Ramirez for the first out. Juan Lagares then blasted a pitch to deep center off Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, and Lagares safely slid into third for a triple. Daniel Murphy followed with a ground out to second, but Lagares scored bringing the Mets to within a run, 4-3 Los Angeles. David Wright then struck out swinging to end the game.
The Mets look to avoid the sweep tomorrow night when lefty veteran Jonathon Niese faces off against Dodgers ace Zach Greinke.
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