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MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers’ 10-run outburst on Monday night put them over five runs per game on average on the season. The club is averaging 5.04 runs per game on the season, fourth in the National League.

The club has scored at least five runs in a game in well over half of their games, 40 out of 71 contests in 2017. The Dodgers are 34-6 (.850) in those games, and 11-20 (.355) when scoring four or fewer runs.

Starting lineups

Pos Mets Pos Dodgers
Pos Mets Pos Dodgers
CF Conforto (L) 2B Forsythe
SS Reyes (S) SS Seager (L)
LF Cespedes 3B Turner
RF Bruce (L) 1B Bellinger (L)
1B Duda (L) LF Taylor
3B Rivera C Grandal (S)
C Rivera RF Puig
2B Cecchini CF Pederson (L)
P Gsellman P McCarthy
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, ESPN

Only the Astros (42) and Rockies (41) have scored five runs in a game more than the Dodgers this season.

The Dodgers scored five or more runs in a game 66 total times in 2016. This season, they are on pace for 91.

Logan Forsythe is back in the Dodgers lineup on Tuesday, batting leadoff and playing second base, after not starting in the series opener on Monday night.

Forsythe has struggled since getting activated off the disabled list on May 23, going 10-for-71 and hitting .141/.282/.239. But he’s coming off a successful road trip, hitting .222/.391/.389 in five games, including a home run on Sunday in Cincinnati.

The Mets made a few lineup changes from Monday night. Lucas Duda, a left-hander, gets the start at first base against the right-handed Brandon McCarthy, and Rene Rivera starts at catcher for New York.