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Dodgers complete sweep of Mets with a 14-4 laugher

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Will Smith circles the bases after homering off of Carlos Carrasco in the first inning.
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Dodgers down the Mets for the third game in a row.

Dodgers remain four games behind the Giants in the NL West after routing the Mets.

Dodgers rout the Mets, 14-4

Dodgers: Right-hander Brandon Drury, a position player, pitching for the Mets. McKinney flied to right. Uceta grounded to short. T.Turner was hit by a pitch. Beaty hit a homer to DEEP right, estimated at 443 feet. J.Turner singled to right. Seager singled to right, Turner to second. Smith walked on eight pitches, loading the bases. Right-hander Kevin Pillar now pitching for the Mets. This is sort of a joke. Taylor flied to center.

Mets: Right-hander Connor Greene now pitching for the Dodgers. Conforto singled to short. Alonso flied to right. Smith flied to left. McNeil struck out swinging.

Final score: Dodgers 14, Mets 4

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We go to the ninth, 12-4 Dodgers

Dodgers: Uceta hit a slow roller to third and beat it out for a single. T.Turner flied to center. Muncy walked on five pitches. J.Turner flied to right, Uceta to third. Muncy walked, loading the bases. Smith singled to short, scoring Uceta. Bases still loaded. Taylor doubled to left, Seager and Smith scoring. Bellinger fouled to third.

Mets: Matt Beaty in at first. McCann struck out swinging. Brandon Drury, batting for the pitcher, flied to left. Nimmo struck out looking.

Score after eight: Dodgers 12, Mets 4

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Dodgers lead 9-4 after seven innings

Dodgers: Right-hander Geoff Hartlieb is now pitching for the Mets. Smith was hit by a pitch. Taylor struck out swinging. Bellinger struck out swinging. McKinney struck out swinging.

Mets: Left-hander Darien Nunez is now pitching for the Dodgers. Nimmo walked on five pitches. Conforto singled to right, Nimmo to second. Alonso flied to center. Smith walked on five pitches. That’s it for Nunez. Right-hander Edwin Uceta now pitching for the Dodgers. A wild pitch moved the runners up, scoring Nimmo. McNeil walked on seven pitches, loading the bases with one out. Davis flied to deep center, scoring Conforto. First and second, two out. Villar struck out looking.

Score after seven: Dodgers 9, Mets 4

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Max Muncy’s second homer gives Dodgers a 9-2 lead

Dodgers: Right-hander Yennsy Diaz now pitching for the Mets. Bellinger struck out swinging. McKinney hit a drive to right that Conforto had until he got a little skittish of the fence and missed to ball totally. McKinney ended up at third. Scherzer flied to center, scoring McKinney. T.Turner walked on six pitches. Turner stole second. Muncy homered to center, estimated at 408 feet. J.Turner walked on four pitches. Seager grounded to second.

Mets: Villar struck out swinging. McCann lined to right. Travis Blankenhorn, batting for the pitcher, struck out swinging.

Score after six: Dodgers 9, Mets 2

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It’s 6-2 Dodgers after five innings

Dodgers: J.Turner grounded to short. Seager singled to right. Smith flied to right. Taylor struck out swinging.

Mets: Smith struck out swinging. McNeil popped to short. Davis struck out swinging.

Score after five: Dodgers 6, Mets 2

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Dodgers 6, Mets 2 after four innings

Dodgers: McKinney lined to first. Scherzer struck out looking. T.Turner singled to center. Muncy homered to center.

Mets: Villar singled to second. McCann grounded to the pitcher, Villar to second. Reed grounded to short. Seager missed the tag on Villar and was late with the throw to first. Muncy then double clutched and was late throwing to third. First and third, one out. The Dodgers keep giving the Mets opportunities. Nimmo walked on seven pitches. Bases loaded, one out. Conforto grounded to first. runners moving up. Alonso struck out looking.

Score after four: Dodgers 6, Mets 2

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It’s 6-1 Dodgers after three

Dodgers: Right-hander and former Dodger Jake Reed now pitching for the Dodgers. Smith grounded to second. Taylor struck out swinging. Bellinger lined to left.

Mets: Conforto walked on five pitches. Alonso doubled to left, Conforto to third. Smith popped to second. McNeil grounded to second, Conforto scoring, Alonso to third. Davis struck out swinging.

Score after three: Dodgers 6, Mets 1

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Dodgers lead 6-0 in second inning

Dodgers: Cody Bellinger doubled to right-center. Billy McKinney struck out swinging. Max Scherzer grounded to short, Bellinger to third. T.Turner doubled to left-center, scoring Bellinger. Max Muncy homered to left-center, estimated at 420 feet. It is 6-0 Dodgers. J.Turner walked on six pitches. Seager struck out looking.

Mets: J.D. Davis struck out swinging. Jonathan Villar singled to center. James McCann grounded to third. J.Turner made a perfect throw to T.Turner, who dropped it for an error. First and second, one out. Carlos Carrasco sacrificed. Nimmo grounded to second.

Score after two: Dodgers 6, Mets 0

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Dodgers take quick 3-0 lead on homers by Justin Turner, Will Smith

Dodgers: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitching for the Mets. Trea Turner singled to right. Max Muncy grounded to third, Turner to second. Justin Turner homered to left-center, estimated at 397 feet. Corey Seager grounded to the pitcher. Will Smith homered to left, estimated at 386 feet. Chris Taylor struck out swinging.

Mets: Right-hander Max Scherzer pitching for the Dodgers. Brandon Nimmo singled to left. Michael Conforto hit a rocket to first. Muncy stopped it and tossed to Scherzer covering, Nimmo to second. Pete Alonso hit a ball in front of the plate. For some reason Smith decided to throw to third even though everyone was yelling to throw at first. The runner was safe easily. First and third, one out. Dominic Smith popped to third. Jeff McNeil flied to left.

Score after one: Dodgers 3, Mets 0

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A red-eye flight could produce some bleary eyed Dodgers for Monday’s game

NEW YORK—Sunday’s game-time switch from 1 p.m. EDT to 7 p.m. to accommodate ESPN will create a challenging travel schedule for the Dodgers, who will have to fly across the country all night Sunday, arrive in Los Angeles Monday morning and play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

“Obviously, it’s not ideal, but for me to be up in arms about it is not gonna change it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re not gonna put too much energy into something that can only affect the clubhouse in a negative way. We have to play it … and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Roberts said the Dodgers will go with a “bullpen game” Monday night in order to give veteran left-hander David Price an extra day of rest for Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates. Mitch White, who threw four innings in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, will start Wednesday night’s game.

Roberts said 25-year-old right-hander Andre Jackson, who is 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 17 games for double-A Tulsa and triple-A Oklahoma City, striking out 81 and walking 22 in 71 innings, is “part of the conversation” for Monday night’s start.

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Justin Turner returns to lineup for first time in a week as Dodgers look to sweep New York Mets

Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases.
Justin Turner
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NEW YORK—Justin Turner will return to the starting lineup for the first time in a week when the Dodgers play the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game series in Citi Field Sunday night. Game time is 4 p.m. PDT.

The third baseman sat out the first three games of this trip in Philadelphia and Friday night’s series opener against the Mets because of a left-groin injury.

He pinch-hit hit in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s 2-1 win and played third base for first two batters of the bottom of the 10th before being removed as part of a double switch.

Asked before Sunday night’s game if Turner can run the bases at even average speed, manager Dave Roberts said, “I think so. He’s very smart and in tune with his body, which is evident in him getting ahead of [the injury]. If I didn’t feel he could get through, I wouldn’t put him in there.”

Max Scherzer, whose Tuesday night start against the Phillies was shortened to 3 1/3 innings because of rain, will make his third start for the Dodgers since he and infielder Trea Turner were acquired from the Washington Nationals at the July 30 trade deadline.

The right-hander, who is 9-4 with a 2.67 ERA on the season, will oppose Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 6.75 ERA).

DODGERS LINEUP: 2B Trea Turner, 1B Max Muncy, 3B Justin Turner, SS Corey Seager, C Will Smith, LF Chris Taylor, CF Cody Bellinger, RF Billy McKinney, RHP Max Scherzer.

METS LINEUP: CF Brandon Nimmo, RF Michael Conforto, 1B Pete Alonso, LF Dominic Smith, 2B Jeff McNeil, 3B J.D. Davis, SS Jonathan Villar, C James McCann, RHP Carlos Carrasco.

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Ahead of protective order hearing, Trevor Bauer plays the bully card

Trevor Bauer looks on during a game against the Nationals one night before he was placed on paid administrative leave.
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In March, an Arizona mother posted on Twitter that her son had been bullied and asked the internet to deliver him birthday wishes. Trevor Bauer saw the post, invited the family to a Dodgers spring training game, and presented the son with an autographed jersey. Bauer said he could relate to the bullied boy.

“That is a story I identify with,” Bauer said that day. “That was my entire childhood.”

It is particularly unfortunate, then, that Bauer and his representatives have used bullying tactics in responding to sexual assault allegations against him.

On Saturday, after the Washington Post reported that an Ohio woman had obtained a temporary order of protection against him last year, Bauer complained on Twitter that the Post had “spent the last six weeks digging into my life … in an effort to create a false narrative.”

In a hearing that begins Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will consider whether to keep in place a temporary restraining order against Bauer, this one obtained by a California woman.

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ICYMI: Dodgers extend extra-inning win streak to two

Walker Buehler (21) pitched seven strong innings in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over New York in 10 innings.
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NEW YORK__ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t have many levers to pull as Saturday night’s game against the New York Mets barreled toward extra innings.

Closer Kenley Jansen, setup man Blake Treinen and short reliever Brusdar Graterol were down because of excessive workloads in recent days, leaving Alex Vesia, Phil Bickford and Corey Knebel as the team’s best high-leverage options.

The Dodgers were in good hands.

Starter Walker Buehler burnished his Cy Young Award resume with another dominant start, giving up one run and four hits, striking out 10 and walking three in seven innings, and Vesia, Bickford and Knebel nailed down the final nine outs of a 2-1, 10-inning victory before a crowd of 38,669 in Citi Field.

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Dodgers win another extra-inning game, 2-1

Dodgers: Right-hander Yennsy Diaz now pitching for the Mets. Brandon Drury in at third. Seager the runner at second. Taylor struck out looking. Bellinger doubled down the right-field line. It’s 2-1 Dodgers. McKinney grounded into the shift, Bellinger to third. Justin Turner, batting for McKinstry, struck out swinging.

Mets: Turner at third. Taylor to left. Villar the runner at second. James McCann, batting for Nido, struck out swinging. Drury struck out swinging. Right-hander Corey Knebel now pitching for the Dodgers. Muncy to third base. Albert Pujols in at first base. Nimmo grounded to first.

Final score: Dodgers 2, Mets 1

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We go to extra innings

Dodgers: Right-hander Seth Lugo now pitching for the Mets. Muncy hit a slow roller to third and beat it out for a single. Smith lined to center. Seager grounded to second, forcing Muncy. Pollock grounded to short, forcing Seager.

Mets: Conforto flied to center. And that’s it for Vesia. Right-hander Phil Bickford now pitching for the Dodgers. Zach McKinstry in left field. Davis popped to first. Villar flied to left.

Score after nine: Dodgers 1, Mets 1

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We go to the ninth, 1-1

Dodgers: Right-hander Miguel Castro now pitching for the Mets. McKinney struck out swinging. Matt Beaty, batting for Buehler, struck out looking. T.Turner grounded to first.

Mets: Left-hander Alex Vesia now pitching for the Dodgers. McNeil flied to left. Alonso struck out swinging. Smith field to left.

Score after eight: Dodgers 1, Mets 1

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Dodgers tie it on Will Smith’s home run

Dodgers: Muncy flied to center. Smith homered to deep left-center, estimated at 444 feet. There goes the no-hitter, shutout and lead. Seager doubled to left. Pollock struck out swinging. Seager took third on a wild pitch. Taylor walked on six pitches. Left-hander Aaron Loup now pitching for the Mets. Bellinger struck out swinging.

Mets: Davis singled off of Buehler’s foot and into center. Villar walked on six pitches. Nido struck out swinging. Travis Blakenhorn, batting for Loup, struck out looking. Nimmo fouled to the catcher.

Score after seven: Dodgers 1, Mets 1

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Dodgers have no hits through six innings

Dodgers: McKinney struck out swinging. Buehler walked on six pitches. T.Turner grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

Mets: McNeil struck out swinging. Alonso flied to right. Smith singled to left. Conforto struck out swinging.

Score after six: Mets 1, Dodgers 0

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Dodgers have no hits through five innings, trail 1-0

Dodgers: Pollock struck out swinging. Taylor grounded to third. Bellinger flied to right.

Mets: Villar singled to right-center. Nido struck out swinging. Walker struck out swinging. Villar stole second. Nimmo flied to center.

Score after five: Mets 1, Dodgers 0

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Mets take 1-0 lead on Michael Conforto’s home run

Dodgers: Muncy grounded to second. Smith struck out swinging. Seager grounded to second.

Mets: Alonso grounded to third. Smith struck out swinging. Conforto homered to right. Davis flied to left.

Score after four: Mets 1, Dodgers 0

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Dodgers 0, Mets 0 after three

Dodgers: Cody Bellinger grounded to second. Billy McKinney walked on five pitches. Walker Buehler struck out looking. T.Turner flied to left.

Mets: Taijuan Walker struck out swinging. Nimmo grounded to first. McNeil grounded to first.

Score after three: Dodgers 0, Mets 0

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No score after two innings

Dodgers: Corey Seager struck out swinging, 10-pitch at-bat. AJ Pollock flied to right. Chris Taylor struck out looking.

Mets: Michael Conforto struck out swinging. J.D. Davis struck out swinging. Jonathan Villar walked on seven pitches. Tomas Nido flied to center.

Score after two: Dodgers 0, Mets 0

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No score after one inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Taijuan Walker pitching for the Mets. Trea Turner struck out swinging. Max Muncy popped to short. Will Smith grounded to short.

Mets: Right-hander Walker Buehler pitching for the Dodgers. Brandon Nimmo walked on five pitches. Jeff McNeil grounded into the shift, Seager threw him out at first. Nimmo to second. Pete Alonso grounded to short. Domonic Smith grounded to second.

Score after one: Dodgers 0, Mets 0

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Julio Urias put on 10-day injured list; Zach McKinstry activated

Julio Urias
Julio Urias
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NEW YORK—Julio Urias became the 14th Dodgers pitcher to be placed on the injured list this season, the left-hander suffering a left-calf bruise when he was hit by a pitch while squaring to bunt in Friday night’s 6-5, 10-inning win over the New York Mets.

Utility man Zach McKinstry, who was with the team on the taxi squad, was activated for Saturday night’s game. Urias threw five shutout innings Friday night. He is 13-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 149 and walking 30 in 139 2/3 innings.

Though the injury will put another dent in a rotation that has lost Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin to injury and Trevor Bauer to a domestic violence investigation, it will allow Urias, who sailed past his career-high of 79 2/3 innings pitched on June 15, to give his arm a break.

Urias should be able to return for a three-game series at San Diego on Aug. 24-26.

The Dodgers bullpen will be short-handed for Saturday night’s game, manager Dave Roberts saying that closer Kenley Jansen, setup men Blake Treinen and middle relievers Brusdar Graterol and Justin Bruihl will be down.

Jansen has pitched in two straight games and threw two hitless innings Friday night to earn the victory. Treinen threw 1 1/3 innings Friday night and has pitched in three of the past four games. Graterol has thrown in three of four games.

Roberts said Corey Knebel, Phil Bickford and left-hander Alex Vesia will be summoned to protect late-inning leads behind starter Walker Buehler, who will oppose Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker in the 4 p.m. PDT game.

DODGERS LINEUP: 2B Trea Turner, 1B Max Muncy, C Will Smith, SS Corey Seager, LF AJ Pollock, 3B Chris Taylor, CF Cody Bellinger, RF Billy McKinny, RHP Walker Buehler.

METS LINEUP: CF Brandon Nimmo, 2B Jeff McNeil, 1B Pete Alonso, LF Dominic Smith, RF Michael Conforto, 3B J.D. Davis, SS Jonathan Villar, C Toma Nido, RHP Taijuan Walker.

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Trevor Bauer denies another sexual assault allegation

In his first public statement since being accused of sexual assault in a temporary restraining order filed in June, Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer denied another sexual assault allegation that surfaced in a story published by the Washington Post on Saturday.

The investigation by the Post outlines that an Ohio woman filed a temporary order of protection in June 2020 when Bauer pitched for the Cincinnati Reds. The Post reported that it obtained photos showing facial injuries that the woman’s attorney said Bauer caused by punching and choking her during sex without consent. The article also reports that the woman attempted to show police officers photos of her injuries in an incident at Bauer’s apartment in 2017.

“This is a continuation by the woman and her attorneys to make good on their threats to harm me by perpetuating false narrative,” Bauer said in a post on social media. “This has been a game to her from the beginning but my life is not a game and I won’t stand by idly and allow this conduct to continue.”

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You won’t believe it: Dodgers win in extra innings

Dodgers: Right-hander Jeurys Familia now pitching for the Mets. Muncy is the runner at second. Smith homered to left. It’s 6-4 Dodgers. Seager walked on eight pitches. Pollock grounded into a 4-3 double play. Taylor flied to left.

Mets: Jansen is still pitching. Alonso the runner at second. McNeil flied to center, Alonso to third. Davis walked on five pitches. Villar grounded to third, Alonso scoring, Davis to second. McCann was walked intentionally. Tomas Nido, batting for the pitcher, flied to left.

Final score: Dodgers 6, Mets 5

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Uh oh, Dodgers-Mets goes to extra innings

Dodgers: Right-hander Edwin Diaz now pitching for the Mets. McKinney walked on six pitches. Austin Barnes, batting for the pitcher, attempted to bunt but popped to the pitcher. T.Turner struck out looking. With an 0-2 count, some “fan” in the stands shined a laser in Muncy’s eyes. Game was delayed while the fan was found. Muncy then struck out swinging.

Mets: Right-hander Kenley Jansen now pitching for the Dodgers. Smith lined to short. Nimmo flied to left. Alonso struck out swinging. We go to extra innings.

Score after nine: Dodgers 4, Mets 4

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We go to the ninth, 4-4

Dodgers: Conforto in right. Right-hander Miguel Castro now pitching. Seager struck out looking. Pollock struck out looking. Taylor singled to left. Bellinger grounded to third.

Mets: McCann struck out swinging. Travis Blankenhorn, batting for the pitcher, singled to right. Conforto flied to center. With Smith at the plate, Blankenhorn was picked off first.

Score after eight: Dodgers 4, Mets 4

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Mets storm back against Dodger bullpen to tie score in seventh

Dodgers: McNeil at second. Right-hander Yennsy Diaz now pitching for the Mets. T.Turner popped to second. Muncy struck out swinging. Smith grounded to short.

Mets: Right-hander Brusdar Graterol now pitching. McCann struck out looking. Pillar struck out swinging. Michael Conforto, hitting for the pitcher, doubled right. Left-hander Justin Bruihl replaced Graterol. Smith singled to center, scoring Conforto. Nimmo walked on six pitches. The runners moved up on a wild pitch. Alonso as walked intentionally, loading the bases with two out. McNeil singled to center, scoring Smith and Nimmo, Alonso to third. It’s now 4-3 Dodgers. Right-hander Blake Treinen now pitching for the Dodgers. With a 1-1 count on Davis, Smith gave up a passed ball. It’s 4-4, runner on second, two out. All of this has come with two out. Davis walked on five pitches. Villar flied to left.

Score after seven: Dodgers 4, Mets 4

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It’s 4-0 Dodgers after six

Dodgers: Pillar to right field. Smith to left field. Right-hander Drew Smith now pitching. Taylor doubled to center. Bellinger struck out swinging. The catcher made a bad throw back to the pitcher and Taylor alertly took third. McKinney flied to center, scoring Taylor. Matt Beaty, batting for Urías, walked on seven pitches. Beaty was thrown out attempting to steal second with a 2-2 count on T.Turner.

Mets: Right-hander Corey Knebel now pitching for the Dodgers. Alonso singled to right. Jeff McNeil, batting for Drury, struck out looking. Davis struck out swinging. Villar lined to left.

Score after six: Dodgers 4, Mets 0

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Dodgers lead 3-0 after five

Dodgers: Smith flied to center. Seager flied to center. Pollock flied to left.

Mets: McCann singled to right. Pillar flied to right. Almora walked on 10 pitches. Dominic Smith, batting for the pitcher, struck out swinging. Nimmo flied to left.

Score after five: Dodgers 3, Mets 0

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Dodgers extend lead to 3-0 after four

Dodgers: Taylor struck out swinging. Bellinger singled to center. McKinney walked on five pitches. Urías hit by a pitch. He was squared up to bunt and got hit in the left calf. He limped to first but will stay in the game. T.Turner flied to center, scoring Bellinger, McKinney to third. Muncy grounded to short.

Mets: Drury struck out swinging. Davis struck out looking. Villar flied to left.

Score after four: Dodgers 3, Mets 0

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Dodgers lead the Mets 2-0 after three

Dodgers: T.Turner singled to third. Muncy grounded a single to left-center, Turner to third. Smith flied to left, scoring Turner. Seager struck out swinging. Pollock flied to right.

Mets: Albert Almora Jr. grounded to second. Tylor Megill struck out looking. Nimmo singled to left-center. Alonso struck out swinging.

Score after three: Dodgers 2, Mets 0

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Dodgers lead 1-0 after two innings

Dodgers: Chris Taylor singled to left. Cody Bellinger struck out swinging. Billy McKinney popped to third. Julio Urías struck out swinging.

Mets: J.D. Davis walked on five pitches. Jonathan Villar fouled to first. James McCann flied to right. Kevin Pillar flied to center.

Score after two: Dodgers 1, Mets 0

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Dodgers take 1-0 lead in first inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Tylor Megill pitching for the Mets. Trea Turner grounded to third. Max Muncy doubled to right. Will Smith struck out swinging. Corey Seager doubled to deep center, scoring Muncy. AJ Pollock struck out swinging.

Mets: Left-hander Julio Urías pitching for the Dodgers. Brandon Nimmo lined to third. Pete Alonso flied to right. Brandon Drury flied to left.

Score after one: Dodgers 1, Mets 0

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Rob Manfred could face a decision on Trevor Bauer soon

The Dodgers' Trevor Bauer pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2021.
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The commissioner’s office and the players’ union agreed Friday to extend Trevor Bauer’s leave from the Dodgers through Aug. 20. By that date, a judge could have issued a ruling in the only legal proceeding currently facing Bauer. That could force Manfred to decide whether to suspend Bauer for alleged sexual assault before the Los Angeles County district attorney‘s office decides whether to charge him with a crime.

In a hearing scheduled to start Monday and last up to four days, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is set to decide whether the temporary restraining order against Bauer should remain in place. That sets up this dynamic: Bauer likely would not testify at the hearing because anything he says could be used in a potential criminal case against him, but the district attorney might not decide whether to charge him until considering what evidence might emerge at the hearing, including how the woman who has accused Bauer fares on the witness stand.

“I would certainly imagine that it would be beneficial to see how the civil case proceeds before deciding whether to file charges,” said Chloe Wolman, a Los Angeles family law attorney.

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Mookie Betts’ hip pain is caused by a bone spur

Mookie Betts
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NEW YORK — Doctors finally solved the mystery of the right-hip injury that has plagued Mookie Betts for weeks and sent the Dodgers right fielder to the injured list twice in the past month.

Medical tests revealed that Betts has a bone spur in the hip, manager Dave Roberts said before Friday night’s game against the New York Mets, a condition that usually requires surgery.

But Betts received a cortisone injection to ease the pain, and he will try to finish out the season before undergoing any type of medical procedure to shave down or remove the spur.

“It’s a short-term solution,” Roberts said of the injection. “Right now, where we’re at, we’re trying to figure out what’s the best way to get him back with us and through the season. Once we get to the offseason, we’ll address that.”

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Dodgers are running out of time to catch Giants

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Austin Barnes
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Tick … tick … tick.

The clock is running. The calendar is moving. The San Francisco Giants are fortifying. The Dodgers are teetering.

Tick … tick … tick.

The race for what would be the most important of the Dodgers’ nine consecutive division championships is in full sprint now, 47 games left, the season’s biggest moment for baseball’s best roster, yet every time the Dodgers appear to find their footing, they lose their balance.

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ICYMI: Another one-run loss for the Dodgers

PHILADELPHIA — The excessive heat warnings in Citizens Bank Park, where the combination of mid-90s temperatures and 60% humidity created a heat index of 104 degrees, did not extend to the Dodgers’ bat rack.

An offense that produced 13 runs and 24 hits, including four homers, in the first two games of the series went cold in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies before a sweaty crowd of 26,122 on Thursday.

The Dodgers mustered only three hits off Phillies starter Ranger Suarez and four relievers, two of them infield singles, and went hitless after Austin Barnes’ one-out single in the fifth, their four-game win streak coming to an end.

Spot-starter Mitch White gave up two runs and three hits in four innings, and relievers Alex Vesia, Phil Bickford, Justin Bruihl and Kenley Jansen each threw scoreless innings, capping a superb series in which the bullpen combined for 14 2/3 scoreless innings. The Phillies managed only four hits themselves on Thursday.

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