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Today’s 7-2 loss to the Mets ends a nine-game winning streak and a six-game winning streak against the Mets. The Dodgers have, however, still won five consecutive series, which is nice.

Quite frankly, they just got beat today. It happens. Well, at least there was this funny Cody Bellinger story regarding the NFL fantasy league draft.

He's saving this for October. Copium. pic.twitter.com/br1YeABcQt

David Price started for the Dodgers, having been solid but very unspectacular this year, and it was kinda fitting that the Dodgers RISP luck came back to bite them with him on the mound.

Price gave up a lead-off walk, a Javier Baez double scored a run which wasn’t helped by AJ Pollock attempting to play left, a J.D. Davis single scored another, and a Jonathan Villar bloop single plated a third run to make it 3-0 early. Thankfully Price did end up rebounding nicely, getting a scoreless 2nd and then getting clean frames in the 3rd and 4th.

On the other side was Marcus Stroman, who has been excellent for the Mets this year. His peripherals aren’t quite as good, but him and his pitchability are off the charts.

After getting their first baserunner in the 2nd on a walk and their first hit in the 3rd (from David Price!), the Dodgers finally got a rally going in the 4th. A one-out single from Corey Seager started things, and a two-out infield single put runners on the corners. Stroman then pitched around AJ Pollock for a walk to load the bases, and Cody Bellinger actually took advantage of the chance, pounding a single into right to score two and cut the deficit to 3-2.

Unfortunately, some kind of botched play then followed as Cody went for second, stopped in the middle as if to allow Pollock time to score. However, AJ didn’t go and Cody was easily tagged for the final out. That just burned Billy McKinney for nothing.

Bellinger comes up with a big hit with the bags packed. pic.twitter.com/dEtCdKYWOn

Stroman rebounded to cruise through perfect 5th and 6th frames

In relief of Price, Brusdar Graterol entered and he had to escape two jams. In the 5th, things were relatively simple, back-to-back singles with one out were erased by a double play. However, a hit by pitch and double started the 6th, the latter of which only didn’t cost a run due to Bellinger getting to the ball quickly. Dave Roberts surprisingly let Graterol continue on, and he responded with a strikeout, a ground out into the drawn-in infield, an intentional walk to load the bases and then getting Stroman to ground back to him.

Phil Bickford got the first two outs of the 7th, but then gave up a double to Baez that should’ve been an out if Pollock made a throw online. Instead, JD Davis stepped up and smashed a two-run homer to make it 5-2. Neftali Feliz was next out in the 8th to make his debut as a Dodger, and it went as smooth as possible with a 1-2-3 frame that included a strikeout.

Shane Greene then made his own Dodger debut, which didn’t go nearly as well, as he followed up getting an out by hitting the next two batters to load things up and then walking a run in to make it 6-2. Victor Gonzalez followed and got a double play ball, but didn’t get a double play and that led to another run charged to Greene. 7-2.

In relief of Stroman, Jeurys Familia entered and got a scoreless inning in the 7th despite giving up a double. Trevor May got a flawless 8th, and Edwin Diaz closed things out in the 9th.

The Dodgers fall to 78-47 on the year and 2.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West.

After a day off tomorrow to travel to San Diego, they’ll play three against the Padres starting at 4:00 PM HT/7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM ET. The two teams haven’t named starters yet and dual pen games are a possibility, but it looks like Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers at least.

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At Dodger Stadium, New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis clobbered a two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Phil Bickford with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Mets a three-run lead. In Oakland, Donovan Solano clubbed a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning to put the Giants ahead 2-1 against the Athletics, their adversaries from across the bay.

The two swings produced another one in the standings once the scores held up for the rival clubs with the two best records in the major leagues. The Dodgers’ 7-2 loss snapped their nine-game winning streak and dropped them 2 ½ games behind the Giants in the National League West with 37 games remaining.

Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer sailed through 4 2/3 innings on 78 pitches yet needed 25 to get the final out in the fifth in his team’s 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

“We still have to take care of business and win ballgames,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Our fate is still in our own hands.”

The Dodgers (78-47) found themselves in a recently unfamiliar situation from the jump Sunday: trailing. The Mets (61-63) scored three runs in the first inning against David Price to take their first lead of the four-game series. It was the first deficit the Dodgers faced since rallying to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

“Leading off the game with a walk is never good,” said Price, who rebounded to toss three scoreless innings to finish his outing. “Starting the game in that fashion, that’s how runs get scored.”

Cody Bellinger pulled the Dodgers within a run with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning. The Dodgers were in position to add more with runners on the corners, but Bellinger got caught in a rundown on a botched double-steal attempt to terminate the threat. The Dodgers had one baserunner for the remaining five innings.

The Dodgers’ extended their winning streak to eight with a 3-2 over the New York Mets on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

Three innings later, after the Mets fumbled a chance to score with the bases loaded in the sixth, Davis supplied a cushion for the reeling Mets, who had lost eight of their previous nine games. The Dodgers finished the season series 6-1 and are 22-5 against the Mets since 2017.

The Dodgers next head to San Diego to begin a three-game series against the third-place Padres on Tuesday. They expect a significant reinforcement for the series finale.

Mookie Betts took another step toward returning to the Dodgers’ lineup Sunday morning, completing a wide-ranging workout at Dodger Stadium.

The outfielder took batting practice, did agility drills, took groundballs at third base, tracked down flyballs in right field, executed baserunning drills and finished with long toss. Most important, he emerged without pain in his right hip. Roberts said Betts is scheduled to come off the injured list Thursday.

“Really encouraged,” Roberts said. “I think with a player who’s going through some things, you can tell from their disposition, their demeanor, and he’s in such a good place emotionally right now, which speaks to how his body feels.”

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Before he returns, Betts will play in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Tuesday and take Wednesday off. Right-hander Evan Phillips, who was placed on the injured list Saturday, will pitch to Betts in Monday’s simulated game.

Betts on Friday reported right hip pain had hindered him since the first week of the regular season. It forced him to decide not to play in the All-Star Game. A week after the break, he landed on the injured list for the first time. A cortisone shot was administered, and he was back in the lineup after two weeks, but the unbearable pain surfaced again 10 days later.

The Dodgers were in Philadelphia when Betts was sent to Los Angeles for tests. A bone spur in the hip was discovered. He received a second injection.

Betts said the second shot was far more effective than the first. He said he felt normal for the first time since spring training and doesn’t expect to need another injection. He said he’s confident he can finish the season without missing more time because of the hip. Roberts echoed Betts’ optimism Sunday.

The right-hip injury that sent Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts to the injured list for a second time is a bone spur. He will delay surgery until the offseason.

“I think the pain has subsided,” Roberts said. “I think I’ll be very mindful of giving him off days at certain points. But he’s in great shape, he feels good, and I see no reason why he’s not going to finish the season. I expect that, and he expects that.”

Barring a setback or another injury to another regular, Thursday would be just the second time that the Dodgers will have their full assortment of position players since acquiring Trea Turner at the trade deadline.

It’s arguably, on paper, the deepest, most explosive lineup in the majors. Without it, they’ve managed to stay on the Giants’ heels. With it, they hope to finally surpass them, win their ninth division title and avoid that precarious win-or-go-home wild-card game. Two game-changing home runs hundreds of miles apart didn’t help the Dodgers’ cause Sunday.

Julio Urías is expected to come off the injured list to start Tuesday against the Padres. The left-hander was placed on the IL with a left calf contusion Aug. 14. … Roberts said Joe Kelly is also expected to be activated his week when the Dodgers are in San Diego. Kelly was placed on the injured list Aug. 10 without an official injury designation from the Dodgers. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the right-hander had tested positive for COVID-19.

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