“It felt all right,” Kershaw said. “It took a while to settle in and I was pretty erratic early, but I was able to get out of that and started feeling better toward the middle innings.“I’d like to go eight or nine, but this was better than six I guess. Seven is kind of the low benchmark for me. Eight is what I want to shoot for as a starter. That gives your bullpen the night off.”Pedro Baez pitched a perfect eighth inning with his 98-mph heat, but the lack of run support forced the Dodgers to bring in closer Kenley Jansen in a non-save situation in the ninth.Jansen gave up a bloop double to Lucas Duda, then mishandled a comebacker by Wilmer Flores to put runners at first and third. Jansen then gave up a booming sacrifice fly to Kevin Plawecki to push across the decisive run.VIDEO: Watch Kenley Jansen reflect on taking the loss in the ninth“This loss don’t mean anything,” Jansen said. “I did my job today. I can’t beat myself up. I made the pitches I needed to make. I gave up a bloop hit, another bloop hit and a sacrifice fly. I did everything I could.“It just didn’t go our way today. We got a really good team, and we can beat any of those guys. It’s a long season, we’re still in first place and we can’t let this bother us.”Another quality Kershaw outing went for naught. The Dodgers have won only eight of his 16 starts this season.Kershaw had allowed just one run with five hits in seven innings. His only letdown came in the fourth inning with a leadoff double to John Mayberry Jr. and an RBI single by Flores, who had two of the Mets’ five hits.Kershaw seemed to get stronger as the game went on, recording four of his seven strikeouts in the final two innings to give him 147 for the season, overtaking Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Chris Sale for the major league lead.Kershaw walked two batters, both in the first inning. That was the first time he had done that since June 15, 2013 at Pittsburgh.Kershaw particularly abused Duda, striking him out with a pair of 74-mph curveballs in the first inning and getting a popup on a 73-mph curve in the fourth.But it was the same old story for Kershaw. This time, the Dodgers’ offense could not solve Syndergaard, who matched Kershaw with six strong innings. He allowed two hits, struck out six and walked two.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflect on the performances of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen“Their guy was good, but Clayton was very good for us tonight and gave us every chance to win,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That was the first time we saw their guy live, and he was impressive.”Hansel Robles struck out two in a pair of scoreless innings of relief for the Mets, and Jeurys Familia closed it out in the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.Kershaw remained winless since beating St. Louis on June 6, a span of five starts. Aside from Gonzalez’s homer in the second inning — his 14th of the season — the Dodgers had two golden scoring opportunities to get Kershaw some runs.Justin Turner hit a leadoff double to start the fourth and took third on Gonzalez’s heads-up grounder to the right side. But Yasiel Puig was robbed at first base by Duda, and Andre Ethier then hit a line drive directly to Mayberry in left field to end the threat.The Dodgers also mounted a rally in the sixth inning, spearheaded by Howie Kendrick’s steal of second base. It was the Dodgers’ first steal since June 7, ending a franchise-record drought of 23 games. It was the longest spell in the majors since the Cardinals had a 33-game drought in 2011.But with runners at first and second and one out, Gonzalez blistered a liner that was caught in center field, and Puig struck out on a 3-2 pitch.Kershaw entered the game 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets, including a 3-0 mark with a 0.39 ERA at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time the Dodgers lost to the Mets with Kershaw on the mound. True to form, neither flailing offense got much going and it turned into a bullpen game in the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers before a capacity crowd of 52,570. Despite the loss, the Dodgers maintained a three-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.VIDEO: Watch Clayton Kershaw reflect on hard-luck loss“It never feels good to lose in a game you pitched in,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know if ‘frustrated,’ but it’s definitely not as fun. The mood in here is not as strong when you lose.“I’ve just got to grind it out and get a win.”Kershaw allowed just one run through seven innings, with seven strikeouts. But the Dodgers supplied him with just one run — on Adrian Gonzalez’s home run to dead center — and Kershaw left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the score tied 1-1, having thrown 102 pitches. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It can start to mess with a pitcher’s psyche.The lack of run support can be maddening. It can distort performance and magnify mistakes, pushing the margin of error down to zero.Just ask Clayton Kershaw, who had lost three consecutive games for the first time in his major league career despite a 3.15 ERA, a .219 opponents’ batting average and a 28-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in those three starts.With the pitching-rich New York Mets in town on Friday to open a three-game series, Kershaw hunkered down for another anticipated pitching duel with young right-hander Noah Syndergaard.