NEW YORK – Max Muncy hit a pair of two-run home runs and Max Scherzer worked six solid innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a bulging 14-4 win over the New York Mets Sunday to complete the sweep in the series of three comparisons.
The Dodgers, who are 10-4 since acquiring Scherzer and Trea Turner in a trade with Washington on July 30, are four games behind the San Francisco Giants in contention for the leadership of the West Division of the National League. Los Angeles is six games ahead of the second wild card, the San Diego Padres.
Muncy blew the wall in the second inning against Carlos Carrasco (0-1) and in the sixth against Yennsy Díaz. It was his second game with at least two homers this season, after hitting two home runs against the Colorado Rockies on July 17.
Scherzer (10-4) took the mound with a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run homer by Justin Turner and a lone punch from Will Smith – who blew the wall in all three games of the series. The Dodgers doubled the lead in the second inning with Turner’s RBI double, immediately followed by Muncy’s first tackle.
Scherzer allowed two runs and four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. The Mets put at least two runners on base in each of the first four innings, but went 10-0 with running backs in scoring position off Scherzer, who limited the damage to Jeff McNeil’s producing ground balls in the third inning and of Michael Conforto in the room.
Carrasco allowed six touchdowns and six hits with one walk and three strikeouts in two innings of work.
For the Dodgers, Edwin Uceta 2-1 with a run scored.
For the Mets, Jonathan Villar 4-2 with a run scored.