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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Recap: Game 20 - Dodgers (3) at Mets (2) - Rice Takes Loss

L.A. Dodgers (10-11)«100000002361
N.Y. Mets (10-10)000001001250

W: K. Jansen (1-0) L: S. Rice (1-1) S: B. League (6)
HR: LAD - None   NYM - I. Davis (4)


Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers, boosted by a sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu, defeated the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday.

After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each threw seven impressive innings and left with the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.

Nick Punto opened the ninth with a double off Scott Rice (1-1) and moved to third on a grounder to the right side by Adrian Gonzalez. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Mets manager Terry Collins visited the left-handed Rice on the mound.

The left-handed Ethier put the Dodgers ahead with his hit, and Juan Uribe drove in another run with an infield single for a 3-1 lead.

Ike Davis led off the Mets' ninth with a home run against Brandon League. But League, who gave up a ninth-inning lead Wednesday in a game the Dodgers lost in the 10th, closed for his sixth save.

Kenley Jansen (1-0) escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the eighth.

Ryu turned in his best and longest outing yet, holding the Mets to three hits. The rookie from South Korea struck out eight and walked three.

Ryu didn't get a lot of backing from the Los Angeles bats while he was in the game - he got plenty of support from the fans, however. A large Korean neighborhood is just one subway stop away from Citi Field, and Ryu had a lot of vocal rooters, starting from his very first pitch.

The 26-year-old lefty blanked the Mets on one single until the sixth. A leadoff walk to Ruben Tejada, a single by Daniel Murphy and a wild pitch on a breaking ball Ryu bounced set up David Wright's tying sacrifice fly.

Ryu gave up a two-out double to Marlon Byrd before striking out Davis to keep the score 1-all.

Hefner began the day with a 7.07 ERA and pitched his best game of the season, too. He limited the Dodgers to three hits, striking out four and walking three.

The Mets put runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth against Jansen before he struck out Wright, retired Lucas Duda on a fly and fanned Byrd.

The Dodgers scored in the first when leadoff man Carl Crawford was hit by a pitch and Kemp hit an RBI single.

GAME NOTES: Uribe drew three walks before his single. ... Collins said LHP Jonathan Niese would have a bullpen session during the day and start as scheduled Sunday vs. the Phillies. Niese was hit near the right ankle by a comebacker Tuesday. ... Dodgers RHP Shawn Tolleson was set for surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He's expected to be out three to five months.

Box Score:

Carl Crawford LF311000000.307
Nick Punto 2B411010001.360
Adrian Gonzalez 1B400000000.355
Matt Kemp CF312100011.266
Andre Ethier RF401100000.236
Juan Uribe 3B101100030.190
Ramon Hernandez C400000000.067
Justin Sellers SS300000000.204
Hyun-Jin Ryu P200000002.333
  Jerry Hairston PH100000000.167
  Kenley Jansen P000000000.000
  Brandon League P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS311000010.217
Daniel Murphy 2B301000010.346
David Wright 3B200100012.300
Lucas Duda LF401000001.273
Marlon Byrd RF401010001.246
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Ike Davis 1B411100102.174
Anthony Recker C300000002.100
  Justin Turner PH100000000.323
  Collin Cowgill CF200000010.182
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.279
Jeremy Hefner P200000002.000
  Juan Lagares PH100000000.200
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter RF100000000.259

E_J.Sellers. LOB_Los Angeles 4, NY Mets 7. 2B_N.Punto, M.Byrd. HR_I.Davis (4) off B.League. SF_D.Wright. GIDP_R.Hernandez 2, J.Sellers, M.Byrd. DP_Los Angeles 1 (J.Uribe and A.Gonzalez); NY Mets 4 (J.Hefner, R.Tejada and I.Davis), (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis), (M.Byrd and R.Tejada), (D.Wright and I.Davis).

Hyun-Jin Ryu7.0311380109-703.41
Kenley Jansen (W 1-0)1.010012020-131.50
Brandon League (S 6)1.011101122-144.00
Jeremy Hefner7.031134093-565.14
Brandon Lyon0.20000009-64.15
Scott Rice (L 1-1)0.222210018-82.45
Bobby Parnell0.210000010-61.08

IBB_off S.Rice (M.Kemp).
HBP_by J.Hefner (C.Crawford).
T_2:59. A_24851.
Umpires_Home,Tony Randazzo; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Mark Wegner.

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