On Sunday, the Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning against Mets starter Steven Matz, and in the third, Justin Turner, the Mets outcast who has become a Dodgers star, hit his 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot that just cleared the right-field fence for a 5-0 lead. Cody Bellinger added a two-run blast, his 32nd homer of the season, in the eighth.
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Before the game, Collins said that Matz, who started this season on the disabled list, needed to learn that his body would not always feel pristine after each start.
“I think with his history, sometimes that bothers him, that he doesn’t feel great,” Collins said.
There was no immediate sign that Matz had incurred any physical damage when he was pulled after allowing five runs on six hits in five and one-third innings. It would be understandable, though, if his confidence needed a boost — the last win by Matz (2-5) came on June 28 in Miami.
Offensively, the Mets could do nothing to buoy their beleaguered starter. Their only hit was a third-inning single by Travis d’Arnaud off Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu, who improved his record to 4-6 with seven innings against the Mets. Brandon Nimmo, who walked with one out in the ninth, was the only other Mets base runner.
For the second straight game, the Mets lineup was without its top slugger this season, as Jay Bruce sat with what Collins described as a stiff neck.
Bruce first felt the pain Thursday on the Mets’ flight back from Denver, but he said he was “very confident” he would be back in the lineup Tuesday, when the Mets host the Texas Rangers.
Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session Sunday afternoon and is expected to toss batting practice on Tuesday, according to Terry Collins.