Saturday, July 21, 2012

Recap: Game 93 - Dodgers at Mets - Santana gets manhandled at Citi Field

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

L.A. Dodgers (50-44) «3120001007102
N.Y. Mets (47-46)2000112006100

W: A. Harang (7-5) L: J. Santana (6-7)
S: K. Jansen (17)

HR: LAD - M. Kemp (14),L. Cruz (1)   NYM - J. Valdespin (6)

Matt Kemp and Luis Cruz both clubbed two-run homers, as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the New York Mets, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera and Jerry Hairston were also credited with an RBI for the Dodgers, while starter Aaron Harang (7-5) gave up three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks in five innings.

Daniel Murphy collected four hits, including two doubles, and knocked in a run for the Mets, who halted a six-game losing streak with Thursday's win at Washington.

Johan Santana (6-7) was tagged for six runs on seven hits and three walks in three full frames. It marked the third straight start that the New York left- hander has surrendered at least six runs.

The Mets were trailing 7-4 in the seventh when Ike Davis hit a one-out single off reliever Shawn Tolleson. Jordany Valdespin then came off the bench and delivered a two-run homer to left field.

Ronald Belisario pitched around a two-out single by Murphy in the eighth and Kenley Jansen overcame a throwing error by the third baseman Hairston in the ninth to notch his 17th save of the season.

It was a productive first inning for Los Angeles, which put up a three-spot against a pitcher who had given up just two runs while winning all five of his previous career outings versus the Dodgers. Santana shut out Los Angeles over eight innings on June 30.

Bobby Abreu led off the game with a single and came home on Kemp's 14th home run of the year, a one-out drive to left-center field. The Los Angeles center fielder also homered in his last at-bat on Wednesday, snapping a four- game skid with his 12th-inning blast off Philadelphia's Jake Diekman.

Ethier followed with a double down the left-field line and scored on Hairston's two-out single to center.

The Mets got two runs back in their half of the first on sacrifice flies by David Wright and Davis. Ruben Tejada reached on a fielding error by Hairston to open the frame and Murphy stroked a double before the pair scored on consecutive fly balls.

Los Angeles extended its lead in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Ethier, and Cruz's first major league home run made it 6-2 in the third.

New York trimmed its deficit to three in the fifth when Murphy plated Tejada with a double. The Mets were threatening for more runs, but Harang fanned Lucas Duda with men on the corners to end the inning.

Scott Hairston singled home Andres Torres to draw the Mets closer after six frames. But the Dodgers went ahead 7-4 in the seventh as Ethier worked a one- out walk, stole second and scored on Rivera's ground ball up the middle.

Game Notes

Valdespin improved to 4-for-22 as a pinch-hitter this season, with all four of his hits being home runs. His four pinch-hit home runs tie the club single- season mark set by Danny Heep in 1983 and matched by Mark Carreon six years later...Los Angeles began a 10-game road trip...The Mets took three of four from June 28-July 1 at Dodger Stadium...Wright went 0-for-3, snapping his home hitting streak at 16 games...The Mets traded infielder Omar Quintanilla to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. Quintanilla had been designated for assignment earlier in the week.

Box Score:

Bobby Abreu LF321000011.259
  Josh Lindblom P000000000.000
  Shawn Tolleson P000000000.000
  Javy Guerra P000000000.000
  Juan Uribe PH100000000.186
  Ronald Belisario P000000000.000
  Kenley Jansen P000000000.000
Mark Ellis 2B501000001.267
Matt Kemp CF412200112.358
Andre Ethier RF321110021.295
Juan Rivera 1B501100000.255
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B412100000.295
Luis Cruz SS411200101.250
Matt Treanor C400000002.200
Aaron Harang P200000001.057
  Tony Gwynn Jr. PH-LF201010001.240
Ruben Tejada SS521000000.316
Daniel Murphy 2B514120001.297
David Wright 3B300100012.350
Ike Davis 1B411100001.207
Lucas Duda RF200000011.244
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH-LF212200100.284
Jason Bay LF301000011.191
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000001.291
Andres Torres CF410000011.227
Josh Thole C300000011.270
Johan Santana P000000000.091
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH100000001.260
  Pedro Beato P000000000.000
  Ronny Cedeno PH100000001.253
  Scott Hairston RF201100000.252

E_J.Hairston Jr. 2. LOB_Los Angeles 7, NY Mets 10. 2B_A.Ethier, T.Gwynn Jr., D.Murphy 2. HR_L.Cruz (1) off J.Santana, M.Kemp (14) off J.Santana, J.Valdespin (6) off S.Tolleson. SF_D.Wright, I.Davis. SB_A.Ethier (2), T.Gwynn Jr. (13).

Aaron Harang (W 7-5)5.0431350108-603.46
Josh Lindblom (H 15)0.111121019-83.27
Shawn Tolleson (H 1)1.022201115-95.79
Javy Guerra (H 3)0.210001012-93.54
Ronald Belisario (H 14)1.010001013-92.12
Kenley Jansen (S 17)1.010002017-132.01
Johan Santana (L 6-7)3.076633272-453.98
Pedro Beato2.000001022-162.25
Ramon Ramirez2.021113039-243.58
Tim Byrdak1.000001021-144.21
Jon Rauch1.010002018-133.71

T_3:41. A_30806.
Umpires_Home,Jim Reynolds; First, James Hoye; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Mike DiMuro.
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