Citi Field is nothing like the ballpark it was at its opening in 2009, when it was a pitcher’s park where baseballs died at the warning track.
On Saturday, the stadium played like a band box, with nine home runs flying over the fence throughout the game. The first three came in the bottom of the first, but the MLB-best Dodgers hit the next five to sink the Mets, 7-4, in Flushing.
Yasiel Puig hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh to put the Dodgers up 4-3. Justin Turner, who has turned into an All-Star after the Mets let him walk following the 2013 season, added a solo homer of his own in the eighth inning. Corey Seager iced the game with a two-run shot in the ninth.
Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson each hit solo homers off Rich Hill in the first. Seth Lugo didn’t allow a hit for 4 2/3 innings but then gave up three runs on two homers in the sixth and was pulled after 5 2/3 innings at 88 pitches, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Rene Rivera added an inconsequential homer in the ninth.
Amed Rosario went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers are now an astounding 78-32 this season. At 49-59, the Mets are 10 games under .500 which matches their worst mark for the season; they were 31-41 through June 22. They have lost eight of their last 10 games.
PLAY OF THE GAME
In the second inning, Curtis Granderson charged in and made a diving catch in right field to rob Logan Forsythe of a hit. The 36-year-old showed he still has some wheels, further displayed by his stolen base in the sixth inning.
Puig’s homer broke the tie, but the tide turned in the top of the sixth when the Dodgers plated three runs to make it 3-3. Chris Taylor led off the inning with a solo homer, and rookie Cody Bellinger crushed a two-run homer to level the score.
STAR OF THE GAME
Granderson. His home run was the 15th of his season, he drew a walk in the third before he was caught stealing, walked in the sixth before stealing a base and made the impressive catch in the second inning. His back-to-back jacks with Flores in the first marked the fifth time this season the Mets have hit back-to-back homers.
STAT OF THE GAME
23. That’s how many home runs the Dodgers have hit against the Mets this season in just six games, all Dodger wins. The Mets have been outscored 49-15 in those games.
Paul Sewald gave up the go-ahead home run to Puig in the seventh. Sewald was charged with two runs in 1 1/3 innings on two hits and a walk.
Conforto’s leadoff home run was his fifth this season, and overall he has 22 homers. Since the All-Star break, Conforto is hitting .322 with eight home runs and 16 RBI in 22 games (21 starts,) though he has 27 strikeouts during that stretch after going 1-for-4 with two Ks on Saturday.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
Seth Lugo on if the loss is demoralizing after the Mets’ great first few innings: “That’s the game. We play nine innings for a reason. You can’t just rely on one inning to get the job done. You’ve got to keep it going the whole game. I think we got a little complacent and they didn’t.”
Mets vs. Dodgers
Sunday, 8 p.m., at Citi Field
LHP Steven Matz (2-4, 5.50) vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 3.83)
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