Mets’ Brett Baty misses easy popup at crucial moment, Dodgers rally to clinch win

The New York Mets lost their fourth straight game Saturday with a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the loss came with a little more embarrassment than usual.

The Mets ran a manageable deficit with two on and one out against the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. Grant Hartwig was pitching and facing Max Muncy. The ball passed to third baseman Brett Baty. It seemed to be an easy play that would get New York within one more out to end the inning.

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Brett Baty of the New York Mets can’t get a hit on third base by Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

However, it seemed that Baty fumbled in the lights. The ball landed right in front of him and as he dove to try to save the out, the ball pinned him in the face. Mookie Betts scored from third base to make it 3-1.

«I actually thought I was going to catch him on a dirty field and then I took my eye off him for a second and turned around,» Baty said after the game. «But there’s no excuse for that. That play has to be made.»

Los Angeles scored two more and won the game 5-1.

Pete Alonso went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and expressed his frustration with the performance.

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Mets third baseman Brett Baty makes a run-scoring error in the ninth inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 15, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Baby Matthews)

«Extremely frustrating for sure,» Alonso said. «We had some opportunities, especially there at the end of the game.»

Kodai Senga gave the Mets six innings of work, allowing one run and four hits. He struck out nine and the only run came on a home run by Betts.

Betts finished 4-for-4 with the solo shot, his 27th of the year.

«I know I can do it. I just don’t. I mean, I guess,» Betts said. «But it just means we’re in a pretty good place.»

Betts is hitting .410 with 21 RBIs in his last 17 games.

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Mets’ Kodai Senga pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, July 15, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Baby Matthews)

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«I think I finally found a mechanical cue and a mechanical feeling that sticks, that I can repeat over and over again that it works,» he added.

Associated Press contributed to this report.