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Mets drop series opener to Dodgers

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, in the series opener on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Taijuan Walker started on the mound for New York and allowed three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out five.

The Mets bullpen did a solid job, except for Joely Rodríguez, who gave up what would be the winning run.

New York opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Starling Marte laid down a bunt and Brandon Nimmo scored from first after Dodgers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney threw the ball up the first-base line.

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The Dodgers answered in the top of the third to take the lead. Joey Gallo was hit by a pitch to put Los Angeles on the board. Then, Gavin Lux smoked to a two-run single to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Starling Marte smacked his 15th home run of the season to cut the lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Mark Canha tied the game at three with his 11th long ball of the season.

Los Angeles regained their lead in the top of the seventh as Lux collected his third RBI of the night with a single, which ended up being the difference in the game.

The Mets will hand the ball to Jacob deGrom on Wednesday as they look to snap their two-game skid and even the three-game series. The first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.