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Monday, July 02, 2012

Recap: Game 80 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets Sloppy Play Leads to Mets Loss , 8-3

Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

N.Y. Mets (43-37)102000000353
L.A. Dodgers (44-36) «10002140x872

W: C. Kershaw (6-4) L: D. Gee (5-7)

HR: NYM - None   LAD - None

James Loney drove in the go-ahead run with a ground out in the sixth inning and the Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep with an 8-3 win over the Mets on Sunday.

Loney's groundout gave Los Angeles its first lead in 66 innings. He added an RBI double as part of a four-run seventh, helping the Dodgers halt a season- high seven-game losing streak.

All-Star Clayton Kershaw (6-4) got the win, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

The two unearned runs came courtesy of consecutive third-inning errors by Dee Gordon, who atoned with an RBI and run scored later in the game.

Dillon Gee (5-7) took the loss for the Mets, winners of a four straight entering Sunday. He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks over six innings.

"We didn't play good tonight," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Dillon pitched good and we didn't help him. We just had a bad night tonight."

Scott Hairston had a first-inning RBI single in the setback.

Juan Rivera tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half, but Gordon's gaffes allowed New York to reclaim the lead.

With runners at first and second and one down, David Wright hit a grounder to second baseman Adam Kennedy, who initiated a potential double play with a flip to Gordon. The shortstop tagged second base, but his throw to first was wide, allowing Gee to score.

On the next play, Gordon fielded a grounder from Hairston, then threw a one- hopper to first, which was bobbled by Loney, allowing Wright to cross the plate for a 3-1 lead.

Gordon was somewhat vindicated in the fifth when he plated Juan Uribe with a high chopper towards first, which was misplayed by Justin Turner. A.J. Ellis followed with a game-tying sac fly, scoring Tony Gwynn, who reached on an error by Ronny Cedeno.

An inning later, Rivera drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Kennedy's ground-rule double, and scored the go-ahead run on Loney's groundout to Cedeno.

Kennedy added a sac fly in the seventh and a pair of runs scored on an error by catcher Mike Nickeas.

"A great game for us. We took advantage of their mistakes," said Kershaw. "We went through a rough patch but hopefully we got out of it tonight. It feels good to win."

Game Notes

Kershaw improved to 5-0 in six career starts against the Mets...The Dodgers' seven-game losing streak was their longest since they dropped eight straight games in 2008...Kershaw and injured outfielder Matt Kemp were named to the National League All-Star team for the Dodgers, while pitcher R.A. Dickey and Wright made it for the Mets.

Box Score:

Andres Torres CF300000002.205
Ruben Tejada SS312000011.317
David Wright 3B411000001.354
Scott Hairston LF401100001.255
Lucas Duda RF300000011.255
Justin Turner 1B400000001.258
Ronny Cedeno 2B300000001.263
  Daniel Murphy PH100000000.279
Mike Nickeas C300000002.182
  Josh Thole PH100000001.262
Dillon Gee P111000010.167
  Omar Quintanilla PH100000001.257
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Justin Hampson P000000000.000
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Jeremy Hefner P000000000.333
Dee Gordon SS512100000.228
  Kenley Jansen P000000000.000
A.J. Ellis C321110011.287
Bobby Abreu LF310000012.254
  Ronald Belisario P000000000.000
  Scott Van Slyke LF000000000.175
Juan Rivera RF321110010.263
Adam Kennedy 2B302110000.229
James Loney 1B401210000.237
Juan Uribe 3B210000021.202
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF410000001.254
Clayton Kershaw P100000000.160
  Elian Herrera PH-LF-SS200000000.247

E_J.Turner, R.Cedeno, M.Nickeas, D.Gordon 2. LOB_NY Mets 5, Los Angeles 6. 2B_A.Ellis, J.Rivera, A.Kennedy, J.Loney. SF_A.Ellis, A.Kennedy. S_C.Kershaw. SB_D.Gordon 3 (28). CS_A.Torres. GIDP_J.Loney. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Cedeno and J.Turner).

Dillon Gee (L 5-7)6.054224095-654.34
Ramon Ramirez0.112010013-74.30
Justin Hampson0.00101006-20.00
Miguel Batista0.211011019-93.96
Jeremy Hefner1.00000009-74.97
Clayton Kershaw (W 6-4)7.0531390116-702.65
Ronald Belisario1.000001010-61.07
Kenley Jansen1.000002012-82.29

J.Hampson pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP_by C.Kershaw (A.Torres).
T_3:00. A_55359.
Umpires_Home,Tony Randazzo; First, Brian Gorman; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Larry Vanover.

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