Kevin Correia took the mound Sunday on his birthday and looking to help the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.
The Dodgers once again hurt the Mets with more two-out hitting, beginning with Adrian Gonzalez’s double in the first inning. Matt Kemp followed with an RBI single and the Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead.
It didn’t last long however, as Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo home run in the second inning. With two outs in the inning and Juan Lagares standing on first base, Eric Young hit a shot that got by a sliding Dee Gordon and a diving Matt Kemp.
The ball rolled all the way to the right field fence, which allowed Lagares to score on what wound up being a triple for Young. Lucas Duda delivered a crushing blow to Correia in the fourth inning by hitting a three-run home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1.
Hanley Ramirez short-armed a throw to first base on a Juan Lagares grounder and it extended the inning, which cost the Dodgers. Correia allowed his second home run of the inning, this time a two-run shot to Ruben Tejada.
Carlos Frias relieved Correia in the fourth inning and retired nine consecutive batters, but the Dodgers were unable to generate any offense against Bartolo Colon. That was until the sixth inning when Adrian Gonzalez collected his third hit of the game — an RBI single to get the Dodgers with 7-2.
Kemp had an opportunity to keep the rally going but his ground ball to third base started 5-4-3-2 triple play. Yasiel Puig attempted to score from second on the play but was thrown out at the plate.
Frias ran into trouble in the seventh inning as the Mets peppered him with three consecutive singles. The third was hit by Daniel Murhpy and it scored a run, which extended the Mets lead to 8-2. Duda added to his day with an RBI single and the Mets tacked on a third run in the inning behind Lagares’ sacrifice fly hit off Pedro Baez.
Following a Scott Van Slyke leadoff single in the eighth, Gordon hit his 12th triple of the year and the Dodgers trailed 10-3. Jamey Wright pitched the ninth inning for the Dodgers and gave up a solo home run to Duda, who hit his second of the day into the right field pavilion.
Carlos Torres retired the Dodgers in the ninth to complete the 11-3 win for the Mets, who avoided being swept.
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