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Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Mets with a 8-0 shutout victory on Sunday night at Citi Field.
Two baseballs were leaving the ballpark today as almost every player on the Dodgers squad wanted to be a part of the home run barrage against the New York Mets this season.
In seven total games, those vagabond Boys in Blue hit 25 long balls against Mets pitching.
Hyun-Jin Ryu woke up in the city that never sleeps and quickly became the king of the hill, the top of the heap, as he threw seven shutout innings for the second consecutive start on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Ryu gave the Mets the little town blues as he spun a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the game.
It wasn't a brand new start of it, but in his last five starts, Ryu is 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts. In his last five starts against the Mets, the Korean left-hander is a perfect 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
Los Angeles started the game with three runs in the first inning of Mets' starter Steven Matz.
After a single to Corey Seager and a walk to Cody Bellinger, Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single up the middle and Austin Barnes followed with an RBI double.
Justin Turner continued to torch his former team as he hit a two-run homer off Matz in the top of the third inning.
Turner also doubled in the game and stole two bases, joining Chris Taylor as the only other Dodger on the team to have two stolen bases and a home run in the same game.
Turner was famously released by the Mets after the 2013 season and signed with the Dodgers. This season, the former Met leads the National League in batting average (.349) and on-base percentage (.442).
Cody Bellinger contributed a two-run bomb of his own in the top of the eighth inning as he hit his team-leading 32nd home run of the season, a 447-foot rocket that put the Dodgers up 7-0.
Chris Taylor added an RBI triple in the top of the ninth to outscore the Mets 57-15 in their seven game sweep against New York this season.
Overall, the Dodgers have won nine consecutive games against New York dating back to last season, and have never swept the season series against the Mets before Sunday.
The eight runs posted on the scoreboard increased the team's MLB-best run differential to +204 on the season. The first team to surpass the 200 plateau this year.
The sweep over the Mets was the Dodgers MLB-best 15th sweep of the season, tied with the 1976 team for the most in franchise history.
Needless to say, if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.
The Dodgers will be off on Monday as they travel to Phoenix where they will face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Kenta Maeda will start opposite Zack Godley at 6:40PM PST.
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