The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled even in their National League Division Series against the New York Mets with a come-from-behind 5-2 win Saturday night. Zack Greinke gave up two solo home runs early, but was flawless after, striking out eight in seven innings.
The Dodgers trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, when the most controversial play of the series to this point occurred, as Chase Utley slid hard and late into second base to break up a double play.
Not only did Utley prevent a double play from being turned, he unfortunately broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg in the process. Utley ended up being called safe at second as Tejada never touched second base, and Kiké Hernandez came around to score the tying run.
When asked about the play, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez didn’t see it as dirty. “I think every single guy on the field on both sides, both dugouts would have done the same thing,” Gonzalez said. “It was huge. Got the game tied, and after the replay, gave us a rally.”
Third baseman Justin Turner added Utley is the type who plays as hard as he can at all times, comparing him to a former Dodger. “[Utley] is a guy that plays balls to the wall and goes in hard,” Turner said. “He’s old school, and Jayson Werth is another guy to come to mind that goes in hard every time.”
The Dodgers turned the seventh inning into a big one when Gonzalez and Turner delivered with back-to-back doubles, scoring three more runs and giving the Dodgers their first lead of the series.
The series now shifts to New York for Games 3 and 4, and Gonzalez expects much of the same in New York. “Just another close game like the first two games. They’re going to be tight,” he said.
“They’re going to be great starting pitching performances just like yesterday. The team with more key hits is going to win.”