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5/21 Game Recap: Home Runs, LOB & Fundies Plague Mets in 4-3 loss to Dodgers

By Sam Maxwell

The Mets lost for the 3rd straight time tonight, falling to the Dodgers by a score of 4-3.

The Dodgers got all their runs off Jacob deGrom from the homer. Adrian Gonzalez absolutely crushed it to lead off the 2nd inning. The ball was a fastball tailing high, and A-Gon sent it halfway up the Pepsi porch 15-20 feet from the foul pole. deGrom sparkled till giving up back-to-back home runs to Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez in the top of the 6th, both to left-center field.

deGrom picked up his 2nd hit in as many games in the 5th (the only Mets pitcher with any hits).

The Mets offense kept sputtering until 2 out in the bottom of the 6th. David Wright led off the inning with a single, but Chris Young sharply grounded into a Justin Turnerstarted 5-4-3 double play. Curtis Granderson kept looking better at the plate by reaching for an outside breaking pitch that would have been a ball, dropping it into left field for a single. Eric Campbell, getting the start against the left-handed Hyun-Jin Ryu, got all of it, crushing the ball to just below where the original stands jut up to 16 feet down the left field line for his 1st home run as a Major Leaguer. It got the score to 3-2 Dodgers.

After shutting LA down in the top of the 7th, Juan Lagares got a bunt single after the pinch-hitting Eric Young, Jr. grounded out with Brandon League now on the mound. Daniel Murphy grounded into a force out, bringing up David Wright with 2 out. He hit it in front of Yasiel Puig, who dove much like EYJ in the Yankees series, with the ball rolling behind him as well. With Kemp backing Puig up, Lagares could only get to 3rd. The radio crew was speculating earlier in the inning that Chris Young may be pinch-hit for with him struggling so mightily. Alas, he was not, and he grounded it to Turner at 3rd for the final out of the inning.

The Mets got a chance to get out of a jam with runners on the corners and 1 out in the top of the 8th. Jeurys Familia got Hanley Ramirez to chop the ball back to him. With the double play in full order, both Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy got to the bag. Daniel Murphy then held up, calling Familia to throw the ball, who was clearly tripped up by the confusion at 2nd. He threw the ball, but the force out was all they could get. Chone Figgins, who led off with a loud double after an 8-pitch AB, scored from 3rd for the 4th Dodger run. Terry Collins then brought in Scott Rice to face Gonzalez, who luckily got him to chop it back for the final out of the inning.

Wilmer Flores got a 2-out single for his 3rd hit of the night in the 8th, but Anthony Recker grounded into a force-out.

Jenrry Mejia got the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the 9th.

In the bottom half against closer Kenley Jansen, Juan Lagares hit it over Matt Kemp in center field and stretched it to a triple with 1 out. Daniel Murphy then grounded out to 2nd base, scoring Juan but emptying the bases with 2 out. David Wright came up, and struck out swinging to end the ballgame.

The Mets outhit the Dodgers 13 to 5 tonight.

Up Next:

The Mets will wrap up their series with the Dodgers tomorrow night at 7:10PM. RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03 ERA) will take on LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54 ERA).