Anderson extends shutout streak, Dodgers defeat Mets 6-1

LOS ANGELES – Tyler Anderson was a pleasant surprise for a Los Angeles Dodgers rotation that saw Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney absent through injury.

The undefeated Anderson extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings and became the National League’s first pitcher with seven wins as the Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 6-1 on Friday night.

“He was just so consistent again. He pitched when he had to and kept the boys off balance. Just another outstanding outing,” said manager Dave Roberts.

Cody Bellinger, Zach McKinstry and Chris Taylor scored for the Dodgers, who won New York in the first two games of this four-game series between the NL’s top two teams.

Pete Alonso went deep for the Mets, who had amassed 49 runs on a 6-0 homestand before arriving at Dodger Stadium.

Anderson has been with his fifth team since 2019. The 32-year-old left-hander started the season with a career record of 34-38 and a 4.53 ERA but has found his footing with the Dodgers.

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He only allowed three hits and has made three starts in a row without giving up a run. The last time he was hit was the first inning against Arizona on May 17.

Anderson (7-0) had five strikes, with 57 of his 81 pitches being strikes, including 14 swings and misses. He lowered his ERA to 2.59, which is seventh in the NL.

Anderson said the biggest improvement this season has been with his move. He threw 24 against the Mets, with 16 strikes. Of those 16, New York hitters sniffed at 10.

The only thing Anderson tries not to pay attention to is the shutout streak. It’s the second longest in the majors, behind Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader, who is at 37 innings.

“I’m just trying to keep throwing the pitches that I need and just trying to win a few ball games,” Anderson said. “I’m feeling pretty good right now and we’re doing a good job moving forward in the game plan.”

Justin Turner led the Dodgers away in second with a base hit before Bellinger drove a Chris Bassitt (4-3) cutter over the wall in right field. It was Bellinger’s sixth home run of the season and first since May 12.

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McKinstry, called up by the minors on Thursday after Kevin Pillar was put on the injured list with a fractured left shoulder, hit in the fourth with a two-run shot to the right to extend the lead to 4-0.

Taylor delivered a solo shot to make it 6-1 in the eighth round. The left fielder is batting .349 (15 to 43) with seven extra base hits, including three homers, in his last 11 games.

Alonso saved the Mets from being shut out for a second straight night as he headed the seventh inning by driving Yency Almonte’s inside sinker well over the left-center wall.

It was Alonso’s 14th homer, tied second in the NL and fourth in the majors. According to Baseball Reference, Alonso is the eighth player with at least five homers in his first ten career games at Dodger Stadium. Ryan Howard, Fernando Tatis and Lance Berkman lead with six.

Bassitt pitched 110 pitches, a season-high for a Mets pitcher, and conceded four runs (three earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.

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“We’re getting very competitive games from him, it only gets amplified when you don’t get runs,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Trea Turner had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 26 games. His seventh-place infield single drove into Mookie Betts to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1.

Since the start of last season, Turner has had two of the longest hitting streaks in baseball — 27 and 26 games. Angels infielder David Fletcher also had a 26-game streak last season.

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Francisco Lindor returned to the lineup, albeit with a fracture at the tip of his right middle finger after slamming it into a hotel door on Wednesday night, but went 0 for 4 when his 10-game RBI streak was cut short.

Lindor came in with runners in first and second in the eighth but landed to end the inning.

“I’m really proud that he got through that and hopefully it gets better from there,” Showalter said. “He’s a competitive young man and another reminder of why he’s widely respected in our clubhouse.”

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TRAINING ROOM

Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (right biceps tendonitis) will make his first stop in rehab Sunday at the Double-A Binghamton.

Dodgers: INF Edwin Ríos was placed on the injured list after he tore his right hamstring trying to hit a double-play ball Thursday night. Roberts said Ríos will be out “a couple of weeks.” INF Eddy Alvarez was called up to take Ríos’ place.

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Mets: LHP David Peterson (2-0, 3.03 ERA) allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings in his last start on Monday against Washington.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (6-1, 3.22) is 1-0 in four career starts against the Mets.

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