Puig, Grandal power Dodgers past Mets 8-2 and into 1st place

Posted June 23, 2017

The heat took away the heaviness in the air. Between innings, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes, two Mets players with unimpugnable character, stopped Puig and talked to him about home-run trot.

Tough to argue that, especially with the way they're swinging the bats.

The homer-happy Los Angeles Dodgers blasted three more Thursday night and ran their winning streak to a season-high seven games as they finished a four-game sweep of the New York Mets 6-3. Bellinger, who hit two on Monday, hit his 22nd of the season Tuesday — all in just 52 games. It is also the most the Mets have allowed in a four-game series.

"You got to be able to realize that you still have to pull together and you still have to make sure everybody is one the same page and these kind of things happen", Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's a stunning number". He has been inconsistent in 2017 (3-6, 4.35 ERA), losing his first four starts and rarely going deep. He flied out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

"I've just been getting my butt kicked out there", Gsellman said. They have allowed 71 runs in their past nine games - 30 to the Dodgers in the past three. Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) had two singles and an RBI while playing seven innings at shortstop for Class A St. Lucie. It was his sixth four-out save of the season.

"We're just doing whatever we can to win games", Bellinger said.

NY shortstop Jose Reyes and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes-Puig's fellow Cuban native-had a talk with Puig between innings.

This is great, because Flores openly admitted what the issue was: The Mets are mad about playing terribly, and Puig checking out how far he could hit a homer off Mets pitching only magnified the level of their awfulness. "And that's what we want to try to do every night".

Mets starter Robert Gsellman served up four of the Dodgers' long balls, a season high for the right-hander.

Matz worked around baserunners in the next three innings, but held the Dodgers off, giving the Mets a chance to rally.

Yasmani Grandal launches his second home run of the game over the center-field wall, padding the Dodgers' lead to 7-1!

Dodgers: Struggling LHP Rich Hill (3-3) will attempt to get his season back on track Wednesday.

In truth, Puig did stare at his home run. It was the second homer in the series for the ex-Mets infielder, who continues to torment his former team.

Seager hit his second home run in the fourth on a full count for a 5-0 Dodgers edge.

Jamie McCourt, who along with her then-husband Frank were forced by Major League Baseball to sell the team after it faced bankruptcy, has been nominated as the ambassador to Belgium by President Donald Trump. "I told him it wasn't permanent", Roberts said. Lugo missed the start of the season with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

Any West Coast baseball fan scanning the summer schedule would not have isolated the three-game series starting Friday between the visiting Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers as must-see MLB.