Mets get 13 hits but lose to Dodgers again, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets got 13 hits and another encouraging outing from rookie Jacob deGrom. That still wasn't enough to overcome the homer-happy Dodgers.

Adrian Gonzalez went deep for the third straight game, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back shots and Los Angeles defeated New York 4-3 Wednesday night to hand the sputtering Mets their sixth loss in seven games.

"DeGrom was real good tonight," manager Terry Collins said. "The home run balls hurt him. But he changed speeds and used his breaking ball and went back and got a little more when he needed it."

Pitching in place of injured Dillon Gee, deGrom (0-2) wasn't quite as effective as last Thursday, when he threw seven impressive innings in a 1-0 loss to the New York Yankees. The shaggy-haired righty gave up three solo homers over six innings this time in his second major league start.

"I felt good. I located the ball well but just had a couple of mistakes," deGrom said.

Eric Campbell hit his first major league homer for the Mets, who fell to 5-14 in May. David Wright, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores each had three hits.

Los Angeles managed only five — but all of them went for extra bases.

"Who needs singles, right?" catcher A.J. Ellis said.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2) came off the disabled list and pitched the Dodgers to their 11th victory in 12 meetings with the Mets dating to July 1, 2012. Ramirez drove in two runs and Los Angeles enjoyed most of the vocal support from the 23,721 fans at Citi Field, many of whom turned out to cheer Ryu.

The lefty from South Korea, sidelined since late April with shoulder inflammation, went six innings and improved to 4-0 in five starts away from home this season.

"Like he was never on the DL at all," Ellis said. "He was in razor form."

Lagares tripled in the ninth and scored as second baseman Dee Gordon made a nice play on Daniel Murphy's groundout. Kenley Jansen struck out Wright to end it.

Campbell hit a two-run shot in the sixth, when the Mets finally got to Ryu with four hits. Chris Young's double-play grounder prevented what could have been a much bigger inning.

Ryu had thrown 33 straight shutout innings on the road since Sept. 24, 2013, at San Francisco.

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