With a win Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced a winner-take-all Game 5 against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. Both Zack Greinke and Jacob deGrom made their second start of the series, with each looking to improve to 2-0 and help their team reach the National League Championship Series.
Curtis Granderson opened the game with a slow roller that got by a diving Greinke and resulted in an infield single. Though, that wasn’t without the Mets needing to challenge the initial out call at first base. Following a David Wright strikeout, Daniel Murphy hit an RBI triple to left-center field, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Greinke proceeded to strikeout the side as he got Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda swinging. Limiting the damage paid off for Greinke as deGrom found himself in trouble in the bottom of the first. Corey Seager slapped a one-out base hit to left, went first to third on Adrian Gonzalez’s single to right field.
Justin Turner’s RBI single to right tied the game, and Andre Ethier’s blooper into shallow left field gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Greinke protected the lead in the second, bookending the inning with strikeouts. The middle out was recorded courtesy of an Ethier diving catch on the warning track in right field.
Joc Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the second and was moved into scoring position on Greinke’s sacrifice bunt. deGrom’s defense then let him down as Wilmer Flores’ throw pulled Duda off the bag, allowing Howie Kendrick to reach on the one-out error. It didn’t amount to anything however, as deGrom struck out Seager and Gonzalez to end the inning.
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