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The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin a three-game series against the New York Mets Tuesday in New York City, a matchup between the team with Major League Baseball’s best record and one of two teams tied for the second-best record.

The Dodgers (89-38) have an eight-game lead over the Mets and Houston, both 82-47, in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. They have won 44 of their 54 games since June 29, including 21 of 26 in August.

The Dodgers have scored a major league-high 686 runs and allowed a major league-low 400.

The Dodgers and New York split a four-game series at Dodger Stadium June 2-5.

The Mets are 18-10 in August, their most wins in August since 2015 when they won 20.

Left-hander Andrew Heaney (2-1) will start for the Dodgers against right-hander Taijuan Walker (10-3).

Heaney has a 1-1 record and 2.73 ERA in 26 1/3 innings in his six starts since returning from his second stint on the injured list on July 27. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings in his most recent start and struck out 10, in a 12-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Heaney is 0-1 with a 1.08 ERA in three appearances, including one start, against the Mets. He most recently faced them Sept. 12, 2021, as a member of the New York Yankees, retiring both batters he faced in the Mets’ 7-6 victory.

Walker has won seven of his last eight decisions. He had a no decision in his most recent start, last Tuesday, when he allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees in a game that was tied 2-2 when he was relieved.

Walker is 3-3 lifetime in 10 starts against the Dodgers. He was charged with the loss in his most recent appearance against them, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss June 2.

Walker was on the injured list from April 12-30 due to right shoulder bursitis.

The Dodgers are 7-2 in Heaney’s nine starts. New York is 12-10 in Walker’s 22 starts.

The game is set to begin at 4:10 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be televised by SportsNet LA.

The Dodgers concluded a four-game series in Miami on Monday with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Marlins, with six relievers shutting out Miami over the final 5 1/3 innings, limiting them to two hits.

Dodgers rookie right-hander Michael Grove allowed two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings in his second major league start. Grove was recalled from the Dodgers’ Oklahoma City Triple-A affiliate Monday to replace scheduled starter Tony Gonsolin, who was placed on the injured list due to a right forearm strain.

The Marlins had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 10th when Chris Martin relieved Craig Kimbrel. Martin struck out Garrett Cooper and induced Jacob Stallings to pop out to end the game.

The extra-inning victory was the Dodgers’ second of the series and improved their record in extra innings to 4-6.

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