Much of the discussion in the hours leading up to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game with the New York Mets centered around the scuffle that occurred in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ dugout. The team released a statement addressing the altercation between Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo, and nothing else was said of the matter as the Dodgers took the field.
Yasiel Puig hit a one-out single in the first inning, but Mets rookie Rafael Montero got out of the inning by getting Hanley Ramirez to fly out and striking out Adrian Gonzalez. After Josh Beckett retired the Mets in order, he helped himself in the second by flaring a two-out RBI single just out of Daniel Murphy’s reach. Puig failed to build on the Dodgers’ lead as he struck out with the bases loaded to end the top of the second inning.
Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the second with a double that caught the chalk down the right field line and he later came around to score with two outs on a Wilmer Flores infield single that tied the game. Gonzalez doubled in the third, which was followed by a Matt Kemp single, but the Dodgers left runners on the corners and the game remained tied.
The Dodgers took the lead in fifth inning on a Gonzalez two-run homer and added to it on a Carl Crawford RBI single. Crawford’s hit gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead and also knocked Montero out of the game. Jeurys Familia relieved Montero and allowed an RBI bloop single to Juan Uribe with Crawford standing on third and the Mets infield playing on the grass.
Trailing 5-1, the Mets loaded the bases with one out on a trio of singles in the bottom of the fifth. Beckett got out of the jam by striking out Murphy and battling with David Wright, eventually getting the third baseman to ground to second for the final out.
Ramirez collected his first RBI of the game on a single to right that scored Puig, who hit a two-out double. Beckett took a 6-1 lead into the bottom half of the sixth and allowed the Mets to quickly get back in the game via the long ball. Granderson led off the inning with a solo home run and Lucas Duda later hit a two-run homer to get the Mets within 6-4.
Beckett’s night came to an end after he walked Wilmer Flores. J.P. Howell came out of the bullpen and retired the Mets in order to close out the sixth. Howell remained on the mound in the seventh, recorded one out and then allowed consecutive singles that brought the go-ahead run to the plate.
Manager Don Mattingly then called on Chris Withrow, who hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. The right-hander managed to work his way out of the jam and the Dodgers still led 6-4 at the end of seven. The Dodgers similarly loaded the bases in the eighth, but with two outs pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke flied out to left.
Brian Wilson pitched the bottom of the eighth and allowed nothing more than an infield single in the scoreless inning. Crawford continued his hot hitting with a leadoff single in the ninth and he reached third base on a Uribe double. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Uribe appeared to re-injure his hamstring and immediately left the game. Ethier drove a run in on a fielder’s choice and the Dodgers scored two more on RBI singles from Dee Gordon and Puig.
Not having pitched in eight days, Kenley Jansen entered the game with a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth and closed the door on the Mets.
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