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Hot to trot: Dodgers, Puig back on top

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LOS ANGELES -- As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig.

Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32 seconds to round the bases, his second slowest home run trot of the year. Afterward, Puig said he didn't remember what he said to Flores.

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LOS ANGELES -- As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig.

Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32 seconds to round the bases, his second slowest home run trot of the year. Afterward, Puig said he didn't remember what he said to Flores.

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But Flores' memory served the better of the two, saying that he told Puig to "run the bases" and Flores said Puig responded with an expletive.

Video: NYM@LAD: Puig talks to Cespedes, Reyes between frames

"I think there's a way to enjoy a home run," Flores said. "You enjoy it. You see it. But that was too much."

Puig's home run, and two by teammate Yasmani Grandal, helped the Dodgers jump back into first place in the National League West.

Puig took offense to the Mets deciding to walk Joc Pederson and took even more offense to the fastball Mets' pitcher Tyler Pill threw right down the middle.

"They elected to pitch to me instead of pitching to [Pederson]," Puig said. "They thought it would be the same result whatever it was, the second or third inning and I hit the ground ball. They figured that would be an easier out and that's why I was able to do that."

Video: LAD@NYM: Puig launches a three-run homer to left

Flores had a different assessment of Puig's home run trot.

"I don't think he knows what having respect for the game is," Flores said. "We're playing horrible right now. We don't need his [expletive]"

Puig responded: "We've been hitting well, and we've been hitting a lot of home runs, and if that's the way that he feels, it might be result of them not playing so well."

Before the fifth inning, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes tried to settle the disagreement and held a brief chat with Puig about the trot.

Puig said Cespedes told him to "run a bit faster."

"I don't look at it that way," Puig said about Cespedes' advice.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he knew Puig didn't mean any disrespect with his run around the basepaths.

"Obviously, Flores took a little offense to it," Roberts said about the exchange. "I think [Travis] d'Arnaud tried to clean it up a little bit. I don't think that we're thinking anything of it."

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig