Steven Matz bombs, bats silent as Mets blown out by Dodgers 8-0

The only solace the Mets can take after losing Sunday night was they won’t have to face the Dodgers again until next season.

Steven Matz’s rough season continued and the Mets scratched out just two baserunners, a third-inning single and ninth-inning walk as they fell to the MLB-best Dodgers, 8-0. The Mets (49-60) are 11 games under .500 for the first time this season. They’ve lost four in a row, seven of their last eight and nine of their last 11.

Los Angeles (79-32) won all seven games this season against the Mets, outscoring them 57-15 in those games. It was only two years ago that the Mets ousted the Dodgers in the NLDS, but currently the gap between the teams couldn’t be much wider.

Matz gave up three runs in the first and two in the third. He managed to retire the last eight batters he faced to last 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts on 102 pitches.

Justin Turner smiles after scoring a run during the first inning of the Dodgers’ win over the Mets Sunday.

Justin Turner smiles after scoring a run during the first inning of the Dodgers’ win over the Mets Sunday.

(Michael Noble Jr./AP)

The lefty hadn’t gone more than five innings in each of his previous five starts. His ERA for the season went up to 5.77. He’s now given up at least five runs in four of his last six starts.

Travis d’Arnaud provided the Mets’ only hit as they had no answers for Hyun-Jin Ryu, the southpaw who pitched seven shutout innings while striking out eight.

PLAY OF THE GAME

A bright spot for the Mets has been top prospect Amed Rosario’s defense at shortstop. He made a number of difficult plays appear routine, including a Kike Hernandez grounder in the seventh inning. Rosario smoothly backhanded the ball on the outfield grass and fired a throw to first to record the out.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu quieted the Mets’ bats Sunday night.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu quieted the Mets’ bats Sunday night.

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TURNING POINT

Matz nearly got through the first facing the minimum as ex-Met Justin Turner was ruled out on a caught stealing after he hit into a fielder’s choice. The Dodgers’ challenge was successful, Turner was ruled safe, and Matz gave up three runs. After Cody Bellinger walked, Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single and then Austin Barnes double Forsythe in.

STAR OF THE GAME

Ryu, who the Mets could barely touch all evening. He retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced. In five career starts against the Mets, Ryu is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 32 innings.

STAT OF THE GAME

25. The Dodgers got two more home runs on Sunday, a Turner two-run shot in the third, and a Bellinger two-run blast in the eighth, giving Los Angeles 25 homers against the Mets in seven games this season after they crushed five of them on Saturday.

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Amed Rosario fields the ball for an out in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 8-0 loss to the Dodgers.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

MIA

The entire Mets offense, which had one measly hit the entire game. The top six hitters in their order all went hitless.

UNSUNG HERO

D’Arnaud had the team’s only hit and continues to hit lefties. This season he is 19-for-56 (.339)

NEXT GAME

Mets vs. Rangers

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7:10 p.m. TV: SNY

RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 12.00) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (7-8, 3.36)

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