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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 3

5/21/2014

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sluggers got the best of Jacob deGrom.

Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez all hit solo home runs off deGrom, and the New York Mets lost to the Dodgers, 4-3, Wednesday night at Citi Field.

The Mets (20-25) have lost three straight and six of their past seven, as they fell to a season-worst five games below .500.

DeGood: DeGrom (0-2), making just his second major league start, allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out four. In his first two starts, he has pitched to a more than respectable 2.77 ERA. DeGrom, who singled in the fifth, has both hits by Mets pitchers this season.

Manager Terry Collins said deGrom will make at least one more start for the Mets before a decision is made on his future in the rotation. Once Dillon Gee comes off the disabled list, he’ll take the spot of either deGrom or Rafael Montero.

Starring roles: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu worked in and out of trouble all night long. He scattered nine hits over six innings, while striking out nine.

Gonzalez launched a homer into the second deck in right leading off the second inning, while Puig and Ramirez produced back-to-back homers with one out in the sixth, staking the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead. Puig’s shot went to deep left-center, prompting him to flip his bat and watch it fly.

A first to remember: Eric Campbell, 27, blasted his first major league homer to left, a two-run shot with two outs in the sixth to bring New York within a run of Los Angeles. It snapped Ryu’s road scoreless streak at 33 innings.

LOLMets: The Dodgers got a much-needed insurance run in the eighth, however, because the Mets botched what should’ve been an easy inning-ending double play. With runners on the corners and one out, Ramirez hit a comebacker to Jeurys Familia. Familia should’ve fired to second immediately, but both Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy were near the base. Familia hesitated due to the confusion of his middle infielders, allowing Ramirez to beat the throw at first. It proved to be the difference.

Murphy’s RBI groundout in the ninth brought the Mets within 4-3.

Hitting stars: David Wright, Juan Lagares and Flores each had three hits. Wright recorded a double, his first extra-base hit since May 13. Lagares' and Flores’ three hits each tied career highs. Lagares had missed Tuesday night’s game due to the death of his aunt.

LOB: Curtis Granderson left the bases loaded when he struck out to end the third. Chris Young grounded out to third with runners on second and third to end the seventh.

The return of JT: Ex-Met Justin Turner started at third base and heard applause from the crowd when he went onto the field prior to the start of the game. Turner went hitless in four at-bats.

What’s next: The Mets and Dodgers wrap up their three-game series on Thursday night. Jonathon Niese (2-3, 2.54 ERA) opposes Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.