Kazmir gives up HRs to Granderson, Plawecki in 4-2 loss to M – USA TODAY

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The opener of this four-game series between the Dodgers and New York brought back some unpleasant memories from last October for the three-time defending NL West champions, who lost another one to Terry Collins’ bunch on Monday night.

Scott Kazmir, a former No.1 draft pick by the Mets, started against them for the fourth time in his nine-year career and gave up home runs to Curtis Granderson and Kevin Plawecki during the first two innings of a 4-2 loss.

“You definitely think about the last time they were here and some of the faces still over there. But just like us, they have a lot of new faces. It’s a new year,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Both teams aren’t thinking about last year. They’re thinking about where they’re at and where they’re trying to get to.”

Even though shortstop Ruben Tejada left the Mets during the off-season to sigh with the Cardinals as a free agent, his ex-teammates still harbor resentment over the hard slide by Chase Utley at second base that broke Tejada’s right leg in Game 2 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium.

“I still remember it. It’s one of the things about that series I remember,” Collins said. “Chase plays hard, I get that. I’ve watched him for a long time. But you’ve got to more on. You’ve got to move forward, and we’ll try to do that.”

The lefty-hitting Utley, who has been plunked 28 times by Mets pitchers, didn’t start at second base on Monday with the Mets starting lefty Steven Matz. But Utley pinch-hit in the seventh against Hansel Robles and grounded out to first base. He also grounded out to shortstop in the ninth.

Kazmir (2-3) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was drafted 15th overall by the Mets in 2002, spent three years in their farm system and never pitched a game for the big club before he was traded to Tampa Bay.

Granderson got things underway, hitting Kazmir’s first pitch of the game into the pavilion seats in right-center for his 37th career leadoff homer.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig continued his recent string of highlight-reel plays in the second with a sprinting backhanded grab of Juan Lagares’ sinking liner to right-center field. But two batters later, Plawecki homered into the left field pavilion for the Mets’ major league-leading 49th of the season.

“It’s definitely not written up the way I wanted,” Kazmir said. “I feel like I’m really close to getting to where I want to be. I don’t want to look too far into the past of what happened. It’s in the past. I feel like I’m confident out there. I know exactly what I’m doing. I just feel like I’m going to keep grinding and things will turn around. I’ve been through tougher times than this that’s for sure.”

Steven Matz (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings and struck out five. He also helped himself out with an RBI double that chased Kazmir and gave the Mets a 4-2 lead.

“Matz was fantastic What a talented young arm,” Ellis said. “He’s a guy who keeps attacking, and he’s got four pitches he can use at any time. And he showed that tonight. He’s a handful when you step into the batter’s box against him, and got a bright future ahead of him.”

Trayce Thompson’ two-run homer got the Dodgers on the board in the fourth.

Jim Henderson relieved Antonio Bastardo with one out and the tying runs on base in the Dodgers’ eighth. He struck out Puig after getting behind him 2-0, then got Thompson on a foul pop.

Jeurys Familia got the last three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances.

The first five batters in the Mets’ third reached base, although Granderson was thrown out trying to stretch his leadoff single into a double. Yoenis Cespedes made it 3-0 with an RBI single, but was doubled off second after left fielder Kike Hernandez made a running catch of Lagares’ bases-loaded blooper. It was Hernandez’ second assist of the inning.

“Kike really saved there that inning,” Ellis said. “He showed his value out there in left field, what a talented defender he is and how strong his arm is. Those throws were big to keep us where we were at in the game and give us a chance to fight back.”


Mets: Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle, who took over this season after Nancy Bea Hefley ended a 27-year stint at the keyboard, played “Meet The Mets” while public address announcer Todd Leitz gave New York’s starting lineup. It was the first time that happened at Chavez Ravine.


Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1) is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 3 regular-season starts against the Dodgers, but was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his two starts against them during last year’s NLDS.

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (1-3) is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in seven regular-season starts against the Mets, and gave up four runs in two innings of relief against them during the Dodgers’ 13-7 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS.

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Kazmir gives up HRs to Granderson, Plawecki in 4-2 loss to M – USA TODAY

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