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Final Score: Dodgers 9, Mets 2—Synderdud and bullpain

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Having been dogged by controversy for the past few days, Syndergaard responded with a mediocre start, and the bullpen was not any better as the Mets lose the series opener.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets’ series against the Dodgers got off to a disappointing start, as Noah Syndergaard and the bullpen were knocked around by the Los Angeles offense en route to a 9-2 loss.

The Amazins did get on the board first tonight, as J.D Davis hit his 19th homer of the year in the first inning. Kershaw quickly settled down after that, however, and the Mets were unable to do much damage against him for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Syndergaard held the Dodgers off the board until the top of the fourth. With one out in the inning, Cody Bellinger got the rally started with a ten-pitch walk. He was followed by back-to-back singles by Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock, respectively, with the latter hit tying the game. That tie score was short-lived, however, as rookie Gavin Lux socked a three-run homer to center field to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Syndergaard got the next two outs to end the frame and managed another inning before getting taken out, but his final line—five innings pitched with four runs, five hits, two walks, and four strikeouts—left much to be desired.

Things remained quiet for both teams for the next couple innings. Jeurys Familia replaced Syndergaard in the sixth and threw a 1-2-3 inning. He came back out for a second inning of work and got the first two outs, but then things quickly took a turn for the worse. Joc Pederson got a soft opposite field single against the shift, and Mickey Callaway brought in Luis Avilan to try to finish the inning. That did not go as planned, however, as Max Muncy greeted him with a walk to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Chris Taylor then followed with a line drive double down the left field line to score two more, and Bellinger subsequently scored another run with an opposite field single to make it 7-1.

The Mets added a meaningless run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Amed Rosario with the bases loaded, but they could not bring any additional runners home. The Dodgers, on the other hand, were able to answer with more runs of their own, as pinch hitter Edwin Rios knocked an opposite field two-run homer to left field against Walker Lockett in the top of the eighth inning to make it a 9-2 ballgame. The Mets offense went down quietly in the final two innings, and their four-game winning streak was snapped.

Full recap to follow.

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