With a troublesome right elbow, Zack Greinke took the mound Saturday on two extra days of rest to face the New York Mets for the second time this season.
Greinke allowed a one-out single in the first inning and then induced David Wright into an inning-ending double play. Jacob deGrom sat the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, then had to work out of trouble after Andre Ethier hit a one-out triple in the second.
deGrom struck out Ersibel Arruebarrena and got Drew Butera to ground out and the game remained scoreless after two innings. deGrom doubled in the third inning, however the Mets were unable to capitalize on their pitcher putting himself in scoring position.
The Mets broke through in the fourth behind a Juan Lagares three-run home run that followed a Miguel Rojas error on a ground ball that could’ve been an inning-ending double play. After Carl Crawford walked and stole second to leadoff the bottom of the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI single to get the Dodgers within 3-1.
Kemp singled to put two on with one out and both runners moved into scoring position on a productive ground ball out from Ethier. Erisbel Arruebarrena’s sacrifice fly scored another one and the Dodgers trailed 3-2 at the end of four innings.
Gonzalez added to his night in the fifth inning with a three-run home run that pushed the Dodgers ahead, 5-3. The Mets didn’t take long to cut into the Dodgers’ lead as Lucas Duda hit a leadoff home run in the sixth. With Josh Egdin on the mound in the seventh, Scott Van Slyke reached on an infield single that scored Miguel Rojas from third.
Gonzalez collected his fifth RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers led 7-4 through seven innings. J.P. Howell recorded the first out in the eighth and was then replaced by Brian Wilson.
Wilson retired the first batter he faced, then allowed consecutive hits that put runners on second and third with two outs. Wilmer Flores grounded out to Rojas and the Dodgers maintained their three-run lead.
Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth and gave up a leadoff double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who tagged and took third on Curtis Granderson’s fly ball to deep center. Jansen retired the next two batters and the Dodgers earned their third consecutive win.
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