Hyun-Jin Ryu almost flawless for seven in Dodgers win

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Hyun-Jin Ryu almost flawless for seven in Dodgers win

National TV is a necessary evil (ESPN is paying MLB $1.4 billion a year for three games a week, including Sunday Night Baseball), but it's not always the most fan friendly experience.

Rookie Cody Bellinger hit his 32nd homer, a 447-foot, two-run drive off Hansel Robles in the eighth.

Tony Cingrani and Kenley Jansen completed the gem, with Jansen issuing a one-out walk to pinch hitter Brandon Nimmo in the ninth.

Manager Dave Roberts is having the best second season of any manager in recent memory, but his job now is to punctuate a superb regular season with at least a pennant-something the Dodgers haven't won since 1988-and a World Series win. Edwin Jackson (2-2) allowed four runs, five hits and struck out eight.

The Dodgers will be off on Monday as they travel to Phoenix where they will face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The New York Mets have been a part of the postseason in each of the past two seasons, but it looks like that streak will be coming to an end this year. Or was it the reversed call of Turner getting caught at second and Matz not getting out of an inning, hence losing his composure on the mound?

Pitching coach Dan Warthen previously said Matz has been trying too hard during his starts, and his mechanics have not been in line.

Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the resilient Dodgers went deep five times, rallying past the New York Mets 7-4 on Saturday to extend their incredible surge.

Austin Barnes followed with an RBI double, and Turner made it 5-0 in the third with a two-run, opposite-field drive to right-center off Matz (2-5).

The Dodgers executed a double steal after a walk, putting Turner and Cody Bellinger in position to score on a soft single up the middle.

Cardinals 4, Reds 1: Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and Lance Lynn allowed one run on three hits through six innings to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati. As the Dodgers recently brought in Yu Darvish through a trade with the Texas Rangers, the competition for a spot in the team's starting rotation has become has become much tougher. "We understand at any point in the game we can go off", Taylor said.

Justin Turner smiles after scoring a run during the first inning of the Dodgers' win over the Mets Sunday. Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal (back) didn't play.

For the season, Matz has yielded 66 hits in 52⅓ innings.

"I think with his history sometimes that bothers him when he doesn't feel great", Collins said.

Their astounding 78-32 record - eight wins more than the next best Houston Astros - puts them at 46 games above.500 for the first time since 1962.

Mets: RF-1B Jay Bruce missed his second straight games with a sore neck.

The back of the Dodgers' rotation has already turned into a series of "Survivor" episodes with each start an immunity challenge for pitchers such as Ryu and Kenta Maeda.

Offensively, the Mets could do nothing to buoy their beleaguered starter.

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