After dropping the first two games of their series, the New York Mets (21-25) avoided a sweep at the Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23) Thursday night with a 5-3 win at Citi Field. For the first time in 21 starts, Dodgers starter Zack Grienke allowed more than two runs, ending one of the most impressive streaks in the majors.
The Mets fell behind early as Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the first inning, scoring Chone Figgins to make the game 1-0. As they have so often this season, the Mets answered back in the second inning, as Eric Campbell, starting in left field for the first time in his short MLB career, hit a sac fly of his own, scoring Curtis Granderson to knot the game at one.
The Mets took the lead in the fifth inning, first with starter Jon Niese helping his own cause, doubling home Anthony Recker from second. They'd get a little help from the Dodgers later in the frame, when former Met Justin Turner botched a two-out slow roller off the bat of Daniel Murphy, allowing Niese to score, extending the lead to 3-1.
Turner would later make up for his gaffe belting his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh that also scored Scott Van Slyke. The seventh inning would be the last for Niese, who finished with a line of three runs allowed on just four hits and three walks. The Mets would answer again in the bottom of the seventh off Chris Perez (L, 0-2) as Juan Lagares continued to swing a good bat, driving Wilmer Flores home to put the Mets ahead 4-3. Niese (W, 3-3) would give way to the bullpen going into the eighth, in line for the win with six outs to go.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (HLD, 2) tossed a scoreless eighth, aided by a fantastic catch from Campbell in left field, that turned into a double play as he threw Yasiel Puig out at third. Curtis Granderson would give Niese and the Mets a bit of extra run support, with a RBI triple off Perez that scored David Wright all the way from first. Jenrry Mejia (SV, 2) came on to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Van Slyke to end the ballgame.
- Grienke tossed five innings, allowing the three runs (one earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out four.
- Lagares, who was in his native Dominican Republic Monday for the death of his aunt, extended his hitting streak to four games, going 7-for-17 with five RBI in that span.
What's on Deck
The Mets will now head into a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, as they look to build on tonight's win and take advantage of a struggling D-Backs squad who just was swept in a three-game set with St. Louis. The Mets swept their series in Phoenix earlier this season, outscoring Arizona 21-5 in their three games.
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