Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and the visiting Dodgers beat the sinking Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood’s effective pitching.
Yasiel Puig added a solo home run in the ninth, and the defending National League champions won their 10th straight against the Mets, dating to May 2016. Los Angeles has outscored New York 75-20 in those games, winning each of the past eight by at least three runs — a first in Dodgers history against any opponent, according to STATS.
Wood (3-5), who allowed two runs and six hits in six innings to win his second consecutive start, outdueled Zack Wheeler. Wood struck out seven and walked one.
Jose Bautista hit his first home run for the Mets, a two-run shot off Wood in the sixth. An error by Max Muncy gave the Mets a chance in the eighth, but with runners at the corners Scott Alexander got Bautista to ground into an inning-ending double play on the next pitch.
Muncy made the turn after a nice play by the shortstop Enrique Hernandez.
Alexander tossed two shutout innings, and Kenley Jansen fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
The Mets wasted a dazzling catch by the center fielder Michael Conforto that saved a run in the third. After starting the season 11-1, the Mets (31-42) lost for the 21st time in 27 games to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500.
Wheeler (2-6) walked his first two batters in the sixth — though his full-count pitch to leadoff man Joc Pederson certainly appeared to be in the strike zone. One out later, Matt Kemp blooped a single to right field to load the bases.
Bellinger connected on an 0-2 delivery, launching a 96 m.p.h. fastball into the second deck in right for his second career slam. Bellinger, last season’s National League Rookie of the Year, began the night hitting .179 with runners in scoring position.
In the opener of a three-game series, Wheeler went seven innings. He threw 114 pitches, his most since returning to the mound last year after missing two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Noah Syndergaard, nursing a strained ligament in his right index finger, was scheduled to play catch. … Yoenis Cespedes (tightness in upper right quad) and Jay Bruce (strained right hip) will not resume baseball activities until they are free of symptoms. … David Wright (shoulder, back surgery) planned to hit in the indoor batting cage and go through other baseball activities on the field … The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor was out of the lineup because of a tight left hamstring. Enrique Hernandez started in place of Taylor, who exited Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. He was available off the bench — probably just to hit, according to Manager Dave Roberts. “We’ll give him today and we’ll see about tomorrow.
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