Jon Niese took the mound for the Mets, and Chone Figgins hit a leadoff single to begin the game. After Yasiel Puig struck out, Hanley Ramirez hit a line drive to put runners on the corners. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to send Figgins home and put the Los Angeles Dodgers on the board right from the start. Zack Greinke retired the batters in order during his first inning of work.

Heading into the second, Niese gave up a double to A.J. Ellis for his first scoreless inning of the day. Curtis Granderson began the inning with a double as well but made it to third after Matt Kemp bobbled the ball before attempting to throw the runner out at third. Eric Campbell followed with a sacrifice fly as the Mets tied it up at ones. Greinke had an uncharacteristic rest of the inning allowing two walks but was able to finish the inning with a strike out.

The score remained 1-1 during the third as Niese tossed a fast 1-2-3 inning. Greinke gave up a base hit to David Wright, but the third baseman was caught stealing second. Both starters followed up with a hitless fourth inning. Justin Turner drew the walk to begin the fifth inning, but Ellis grounded into a double play as Zack Greinke flied out for the final out.

Greinke struggled in the bottom of the fifth giving up back-to-back doubles to Anthony Recker and Niese to push the Mets to a 2-1 lead. Niese advanced to third after Juan Lagares grounded out, and with two outs, Turner had the opportunity to close out the inning but dropped the ball on a routine grounder. With the error, Niese was sent home and the Mets lead the Dodgers 3-1.

The sixth inning included a challenge from the Mets, but the call on the field was upheld allowing Puig to remain on first after due to an error from Daniel Murphy as Figgins, who walked during the previous at bat, advanced to second. Both runners were left on base as Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez both grounded out. Jamey Wright replaced Greinke in the bottom of the sixth and quickly retired the batters in order.

Justin Turner tied the game up in the seventh after hitting a two-run home run off of Niese to tie the game 3-3. Chris Perez, who replaced Wright, blew the tie in the bottom of the inning. After allowing a leadoff single to Wilmer Flores, Perez threw a wild pitch as Flores advanced to second. The Dodgers reliever managed to retired the next two batters, but Flores reached third and was driven home after a Juan Lagares single. The Mets lead 4-3 heading into the eighth inning.

Daisuke Matsuzaka took over the mound for Niese. The reliever struck out Figgins to beginning his outing. Although he gave up a double to Puig, Ramirez hit into a double play to end the inning. Chris Perez gave up a leadoff single to Wright, and Granderson followed up with a triple to send Wright home with the Mets increasing their lead to 5-3.

After striking out Campbell, Perez was replaced by Paul Maholm to finish the inning. The former starter gave up a hit to Lucas Duda as Granderson was thrown out at home for the second out. Maholm struck out Flores to end the inning. Jenrry Mejia replaced Matsuzaka to finish out the game and retired the batters in order. The New York Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-3.

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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