Mets flop with runners in scoring position again in loss to Dodgers


LOS ANGELES — Opportunity knocked, and the Mets dozed on the couch without answering the door.

In the Mets’ painful attempt to score runs, there is a spin-the-wheel list of reasons for their repeated failure. On Saturday, the wheel landed on “awful with runners in scoring position,” sending the Mets to their eighth loss in nine games, 4-3 to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

The Mets went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on a day when they matched the Dodgers in hits (with eight) and managed to hit two homers. The loss was the third in four games since team owner Steve Cohen sent a tweet of frustration Wednesday fuming about his “unproductive” hitters.

On this day, there wasn’t a larger missed opportunity than in the fifth, when J.D. Davis struck out with the bases loaded against Max Scherzer. But the Mets also had scoring chances in the first, fourth and ninth innings that went unanswered.

In their final attempt, against Kenley Jansen in the ninth, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso struck out in succession with the potential tying run at second base.

J.D. Davis reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the Mets loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Alonso’s third homer of the road trip, a two-run shot in the seventh, got the Mets within 4-3. McNeil drew a two-out walk — a second straight time on base in the game for the slumping second baseman — before Alonso just cleared the left-field fence for homer No. 28 this season.

Brandon Nimmo’s two-out homer in the fifth gave the Mets their first run. That was followed, however, by a wasted opportunity against Scherzer: After the Mets loaded the bases, Davis struck out on Scherzer’s 103rd and final pitch of the day, a 96-mph fastball. It was the second straight letdown with the bases loaded for Davis, who was caught looking at strike three in the eighth inning Friday night in a one-run loss.

Rich Hill gave the Mets five innings, in which he allowed three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. In six appearances since arriving from the Rays at the trade deadline, the left-hander has pitched to a 6.23 ERA. He has not recorded an out beyond the fifth inning since June 29, while still pitching for Tampa Bay.

Hill, facing the team for which he pitched from 2016-19, allowed solo homers in the first to Trea Turner and Albert Pujols to put the Mets in a 2-0 hole. In the fourth, Chris Taylor went deep with two outs for the Dodgers’ third solo homer of the game.

The Dodgers got a run in the sixth against Miguel Castro, who walked three straight batters in the inning, including Chris Taylor with the bases loaded. Jeurys Familia got three outs in the inning without another run scoring.

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