Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dodgers Continue Dominance of Mets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dodgers Continue Dominance of Mets

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NEW YORK - There have been several example of the Mets' struggles this season, but perhaps none is more evident than the dominance they have endured at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With baseball's best record of 78-32 following Saturday's 7-4 win over New York, the Dodgers have fared well against most teams. Yet, they now hold a startling 49-15 advantage over the Mets to go with a 6-0 record this season.

"Most lineups, there's a couple of guys in there that you can [look at] and say 'Well that's an easy out," losing pitcher Seth Lugo said. "Everyone of [the Dodgers] you got to go out and make pitches. You see what happened when you mistakes."

Those mistakes translated into five home runs at Citi Field on Saturday, making that eight jacks in the first two games of the Dodgers' current three-game series with the Mets.

Lugo cruised early, carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning while possessing complete control of the plate. Yet, that all fell apart in the sixth inning. Corey Taylor homered over the left-field gap, and rookie sensation Cody Bellinger hit a two-run shot after a Justin Turner single.

Lugo would not make it out of the inning, finishing with four hits, three runs and two walks allowed in 5.2 innings. His downfall came when facing the Dodgers lineup for the third time around. Lugo credited Los Angeles' talented hitters and their adjustments for the turnaround.

"I think they made some slight adjustments," Lugo said. "I pitched inside to Bellinger all day and [his home run] was on the inner part of the plate. Taylor, he popped that pitch up in the first, so he had to make an adjustment to stay on that pitch."

Saturday's outing continues a tough stretch for Lugo, who was beat up for a 5.29 ERA over 32.1 innings in July. Mets manager Terry Collins felt Lugo pitched well on the afternoon, but his approach changed after the Dodgers notched their first hit. …

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