Los Angeles-The New York Mets (60-69) played one of their sloppiest games of the season last night. The Mets committed three errors, and a critical one by Wilmer Flores opened the floodgates for a big seventh inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers (73-57). The Dodgers used that frame to power by the Mets 6-2.
The Mets grabbed the early lead when Curtis Granderson homered to lead off the game. Granderson's 16th homer of the season gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the score in the third inning on an RBI single from Dee Gordon, and gained the lead in the fifth on an RBI single from starting pitcher Dan Haren. The seventh inning, however, was where things fell apart for the Mets.
After recording two strikeouts to start the inning, Mets' starter Jonathon Niese (L, 7-9) gave up a triple to Dee Gordon. Niese then walked Yasiel Puig, and Adrian Gonzalez hit what should have been an inning ending fielders choice to shortstop Wilmer Flores. Flores' throw to second was wide, allowing Gordon to score and extending the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Niese was pulled at that point for Carlos Torres, who gave up a two run double to Matt Kemp to blow the game open at 5-1. That would be all the damage against Niese, who allowed five runs in 6.2 innings of work. Only two of those runs were earned thanks to the key Flores error.
The Dodgers added another run in the eighth inning on an RBI double from A.J. Ellis, making it 6-1. The Mets managed to add one run in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly from Lucas Duda, but they were never able to threaten the lead in the inning.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Dodgers' second baseman Dee Gordon. Gordon went 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI, and his two out triple in the seventh inning set up the big inning for Los Angeles.
Post Game Notes:
- Haren (W, 11-10) recorded the win for Los Angeles, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Haren struck out six on the evening.
- Former Met Justin Turner went 2 for 3 with a run scored for the Dodgers. Turner is hitting .318 for the Dodgers this season.
- Juan Lagares collected two hits for the Mets. No one else on the team had more than one.
- Rafael Montero worked out of the bullpen tonight, giving up a run on a hit and a walk in one third of an inning. Montero is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas tomorrow when Jacob deGrom is activated from the disabled list.
The Mets and Dodgers continue their series tonight at Dodgers Stadium. Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87 ERA) will be activated from the DL for the Mets, while the Dodgers will counter with All Star righty Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.75 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 pm.
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