Dodgers' nasty side comes out in huge rally against Mets' bullpen

null null null Baseball The Dodgers sent 17 batters to the plate after the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Mets. Ten of them reached base. Six of them scored. Three of them homered. A three-run ninth-inning deficit turned into a one-run walkoff victory in about the time it took you to read this paragraph.LA showed that its power-laden lineup also includes a few grinders. Cody Bellinger fell behind 0-2 against Mets closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth, then hooked a game-tying double into the right-center field gap a couple of pitches later. Alex Verdugo likewise fell into an 0-2 hole before later hitting a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that produced a 9-8 victory. MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN The win expanded the team's lead in the National League West to eight games. Yes, it's very good to be a Dodger these days. "We're naaaasty," Verdugo told SportsNet LA in an on-field interview after the game. "The boys can hit. The boys can hit."The Dodgers (37-19) lead the NL with 5.46 runs per game (306 runs in 56 games) and are third with 88 home runs. The late-inning dingers Wednesday came from Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. The latter two were back-to-back to lead off the ninth against Diaz. LA was confident it could complete a rally that began when Mets starter Noah Syndergaard left the game after six innings and 116 pitches. That type of swagger comes from playing in the World Series each of the past two years and in the playoffs each of the past six."You can't take any lead lightly" when playing the Dodgers, Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso told reporters (per Yahoo Sports). Alonso homered twice to help New York build an 8-3 lead after 6 1/2 innings. LA turned it into rubble against Robert Gsellman, Jeurys Familia and, finally, Diaz.The Dodgers are second in the NL with a

.794 OPS in late-and-close situations (from the seventh inning on with the team leading by a run, tied or trailing by as many as three runs). That they're last in the league with 175 plate appearances in those situations is a testament to their ability to build big leads.Diaz, who has had two blown saves in his past four appearances, told reporters that Wednesday was the worst day of his career. He threw 30 pitches while allowing four runs, meaning he probably won't be able to attempt payback in Thursday's series finale.Other high-level NL closers can empathize with Diaz, judging from their 2019 numbers vs. the Dodgers:Josh Hader: Three games, two losses, 10.80 ERA.Raisel Iglesias: Two games, one loss, 18.00 ERA.Kirby Yates: Two games, two losses, 9.00 ERA."I don't know. We're good, man," Bellinger said, per the Orange County Register, when asked why his team has excelled against some of the league's top ninth-inning pitchers.The Dodgers don't need to think too hard about it, not when the boys can hit the way they do.