The Dodgers have won 13 of their last 14, 24 of 27 since July 4 and 44 of 51 since June 7. They have won 14 consecutive series and have 15 series sweeps. They are 47 games above .500 for the first time since 1962 and on pace to win 115 games, one shy of the all-time record. To win 100, they need to finish just 21-30.
The Dodgers got the jump on Mets starter Steven Matz in a three-run first inning, with three stolen bases setting up a two-run, seeing-eye single up the middle by Logan Forsythe and an RBI double by Austin Barnes.
Turner, a former Mets infielder, slugged a two-run homer in the third inning and doubled in the eighth. In the eighth inning, Bellinger’s 32nd home run was estimated by Statcast™ at 447 feet, the longest of his young career.
Matz is 2-5 on the season and 0-4 with a 7.34 ERA over his last six starts.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Watch the runners: With two outs and runners on first and second in the first inning, Matz ignored baserunners Turner and Bellinger and they pulled off a double-steal without a throw. Both soon scored on Forsythe’s bouncer up the middle. Before Bellinger had reached via walk, Turner stole second when a challenge overturned an out call that would have ended the inning with the score still 0-0. Instead, the Dodgers rallied to an early 3-0 lead.
Seager gets it started: It seemed harmless enough at the time, but Corey Seager got the Dodgers’ three-run first inning started with a single to center on an 0-2 pitch. Seager came into the game only 4-for-23 on 0-2 pitches. Seager went 2-for-4 and hit .500 (13-for-26) against the Mets this year.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Dodgers outscored the Mets, 57-15, in the seven-game season sweep.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Dodgers challenged an out call on Turner when he attempted to steal second base with two outs in the first inning. The call was overturned and Turner was credited with a stolen base, opening the door for the Dodgers’ three-run rally.
Dodgers: After a travel day on Monday, the Dodgers resume their road trip in Phoenix on Tuesday, with Kenta Maeda making the 6:40 p.m. PT start vs. the D-backs. Maeda has a four-game win streak and is 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts.
Mets: After an off-day Monday, the Mets will welcome the Rangers for a two-game series at 7:10 ET on Tuesday night. Chris Flexen (0-1, 12.00 ERA) will make his third Major League start and his first at Citi Field.
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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.
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