Rapid Reaction: Matz Struggles Again, Mets Held To One Hit In 8-0 Loss

The New York Mets (49-60) were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers (79-32) tonight at Citi Field by a score of 8-0.

Pitching

Steven Matz took the mound for the Mets and struggled yet again in his 11th start of the year. He gave up three first inning runs and labored through the rest of the night. Justin Turner put the Dodgers further out ahead against of his old team with a two-run shot to left in the third inning that gave Los Angeles a five-run lead.

Matz, who hasn’t made it past the sixth inning since June 3, left after 5.1 frames, in which he allowed five runs on six hits and two walks. While he struck out seven, he needed 102 pitches. Matz has allowed five runs or more in four of his last six starts and now has a 5.77 ERA on the season.

Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles combined for 1.2 scoreless, hitless innings after Matz was removed with one out in the sixth.

The Dodgers piled on against Josh Smoker, as Cody Bellinger hit his 32nd home run of the year — a two-run shot– to give LA a 7-0 advantage. Smoker now has a 7.32 ERA on the season.

In the ninth, AJ Ramos allowed a run-scoring triple from Chris Taylor to make it 8-0, which would be the final score.

Hitting

Offensively, there was absolutely nothing to speak of. Hyun-Jin Ryu was spectacular, holding the Mets scoreless over seven innings. He allowed just one hit — a Travis d’Arnaud single — while not walking a single batter and striking out eight.

Every player in the Mets starting lineup struck out at least once.Amed Rosario was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

On Deck

The Mets have off tomorrow before starting a brief two-game series against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field. Chris Flexen (2 GS, 6 IP, 9 ER) will face off against Andrew Cashner (7-8, 3.36 ERA). The first pitch is at 7:10.

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