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NL West-leading Dodgers can't muster offense in 8-0 loss to Mets


LOS ANGELES — So much for Mike Bolsinger being dominant at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After winning his first four home starts with a 1.01 ERA, Bolsinger dropped his second straight in front of the home crowd in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

The right-hander (4-3) gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings, his fifth straight outing of less than six innings. Bolsinger struck out four and walked two while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. He has a combined 7.84 ERA in his past two losses.

"I didn't think it was that bad," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "A little unlucky. He hung in there. He wasn't getting squared up all over the yard. He kind of limited the damage."

Steven Matz allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and Wilmer Flores went 4 for 5 for the Mets, who took two of three from the NL West leaders.

"Early on we kind of chased out of the zone," Mattingly said. "The ball was taking off a little bit and as the game went on his command got better."

Matz (2-0) struck out eight and walked two in strongly following up a victory in his major league debut a week ago against Cincinnati. The left-hander had a run-scoring groundout in a three-run fourth that made it 4-0, giving him five RBIs in two games.

New York had 15 hits against the Dodgers' struggling pitching.

Flores had a career-high four hits while driving in three runs and finished the three-game series 10 for 12. His single to Kike Hernandez in the fourth resulted in the Dodgers shortstop rolling over on his head with his legs splayed in the air in a fruitless attempt to field the ball.

PHOTO: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Juan Lagares had a two-run triple and Ruben Tejada added an RBI single off reliever Juan Nicasio in the seventh when the Mets led 7-0. Yasiel Puig lost Lagares' hit in the sun and then overran it, stretching himself to the limit as the ball landed behind him in right field.

Michael Cuddyer was hitless in five at-bats in his return to the Mets' starting lineup after being out four games because of a knee injury, although he came off the bench in the past two.

The Dodgers mustered just three hits. After A.J. Ellis' leadoff single in the fifth, they had just two runners reach base the rest of the game.

Puig went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and rookie Joc Pederson was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.


The Dodgers notched their seventh shutout loss, their worst such defeat of the season. They equaled their largest margin of defeat, having lost 11-3 to San Diego on May 25.


Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez left after three innings with a bruised right hand. He was hit by a pitch from Matz, but Gonzalez said he expects to play Monday. ... RHP Carlos Frias went on the 15-day DL retroactive to Wednesday with lower back tightness, a problem he had in his previous two starts, going only five innings in both. An MRI showed no structural damage in his back.


Mets: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-8, 3.90 ERA) starts in the series opener at San Francisco. He hasn't earned a win in a career-high nine straight outings and has lost a career-high-tying six consecutive decisions.

Dodgers: They have not announced a starter to replace Frias in the opener of a four-game series against last-place Philadelphia. Left-hander Eric Surkamp was to be called up from the minors, but Mattingly wouldn't confirm that he would start.

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