Mets take issue with Yasiel Puig's home run trot in Dodgers' win

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Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig is officially on the bad side of Mets' first baseman Wilmer Flores and other NY teammates after the Cuban slugger stared at his three-run home run and then slowly trotted around the bases in the team's 8-2 win on Wednesday night.

With the win on Wednesday, the Dodgers moved back into first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of the Rockies and 1.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks.

"We've got bigger problems than somebody's home run trot right now", manager Terry Collins said.

Puig posed at home plate and watched his fourth-inning drive off Tyler Pill. The bottom of the Mets' order beckoned, however, and Hill struck out their 7, 8 and 9 hitters to escape unharmed. Hill has gone 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts at Dodger Stadium this season but owns an 0-2 record and 13.50 ERA in four career games (two starts) against the Mets.

Pill went six innings, yielding six runs and five hits. "They figured I would hit another groundball like I did in the first inning so I was able to connect and that's why I took so long". Joc Pederson walked leading off the inning and went to third as Rivera, at third base, bounced a throw past Flores at first. It was Hill's first RBI in the majors since June 19, 2009 when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Logan Forsythe doubled him home easily.

It's far from the first time Puig has annoyed opponents with his antics, but there was no obvious attempt at retaliation from the Mets.

Between innings, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes spoke to Puig.

As you can see in the video, as Puig rounded first base, Flores said something which almost stopped Puig in his tracks before he cursed back at Flores and continued his trot around the bases, a journey that took just over 32 seconds.

Puig - awaiting the appeal of his one-game suspension for making an obscene gesture at fans after a home run in Cleveland last week - looked back over his shoulder and said something that lip-reading viewers couldn't mistake. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud attempted to calm everyone down after Puig reached home plate.

Puig flew out uneventfully in his next at-bat and the only remaining excitement was provided by Grandal.



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