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Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 46 - Dodgers (3) at Mets (5) - Lagares, Granderson, Wright Come Up Big for Mets


Los Angeles

New York

W: J. Niese (3-3) L: C. Perez (0-2) S: J. Mejia (2)
HR: LAD - J. Turner (1)   NYM - None


Juan Lagares' go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning helped the New York Mets to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a three-game set on Thursday.

Curtis Granderson added an RBI triple in the eighth, while David Wright posted two hits and a run scored for the Mets, who had dropped six of their last seven games coming into the contest.

Jon Niese (3-3) surrendered three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings to notch the win. Jenrry Mejia fired a 1-2-3 ninth to record his second save of the season.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke allowed three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks over five frames, ending his streak of 21 straight starts of yielding two runs or fewer.

Justin Turner belted a two-run homer in defeat.

After the Dodgers tied the game at 3-3 in the top half of the seventh, the Mets went ahead with a run in the home half and added to their cushion after plating another in the eighth.

Wilmer Flores led off the seventh with a single into left-center against Chris Perez (0-2) and a wild pitch allowed him to move to second. Lagares then whacked a base hit into right to bring him home and give the Mets a 4-3 edge.

Rookie Eric Campbell, making his first career start in left field, made a sensational diving catch in the top of the eighth before doubling Yasiel Puig off second base to preserve New York's advantage.

Wright looped a base hit into right and Granderson followed by smacking a shot off the top of the wall that Matt Kemp overran in right-center to make it 5-3. Granderson was later thrown out at home with one away after Lucas Duda bounced one to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.

Earlier, Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly into left in the first opened the scoring for LA before Campbell's sac fly into right in the second tied the score at 1-1.

Later in the second, Puig made an outstanding backhanded diving catch on a sinking, slicing liner off the bat of Flores.

The Mets pushed across two more in the fifth.

Back-to-back one-out doubles by Anthony Recker and Niese brought home a run to put New York in front. Niese moved to third on Lagares groundout and then scored for a 3-1 Mets lead when Turner was unable to range to his left to handle a Daniel Murphy roller in the hole.

Turner, though, atoned for his mistake in the seventh by cracking his two-run blast into the seats in left to knot the contest.

Game Notes

The Mets were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while LA finished 0- for-4 ... Perez was charged with two runs on four hits over his 1 1/3 innings of work.

Box Score:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 46 - Campbell in the Lineup, will play LF

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 46:

  1. Juan Lagares, cf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, rf
  5. Eric Campbell, lf
  6. Lucas Duda, 1b
  7. Wilmer Flores, ss
  8. Anthony Recker, c
  9. Jon Niese, lhp

Preview: Game 46: Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25) - Greinke (7-1) vs Niese (2-3)

Preview: Game 46:
Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25)

Pitching Probables - Zack Greinke (7-1) 2.03 ERA vs Jon Niese (2-3) 2.54 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Zack Greinke takes the mound opposite Jon Niese as the visiting Dodgers go for a three-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday night.

Greinke (7-1, 2.03 ERA) has been superb through his first nine starts, striking out 61 and walking 12 over 53 1/3 innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched well again Friday, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball in a 7-0 win at Arizona.

Greinke has yielded two runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts dating to last year, the longest such streak in the majors since at least 1914. He is 11-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his last 15 on the road.

Greinke hasn't faced New York (20-25) since scattering five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 road win with Milwaukee in 2012. He would appear to have another favorable matchup against a Mets team that's a major league-worst 5-14 this month.

New York has dropped three straight and six of seven after falling 4-3 on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back shots for Los Angeles (25-22), which has taken 11 of 12 from the Mets by a combined 70-43 score.

The Dodgers finished with just five hits, but all went for extra bases.

Yasiel Puig, who collected three hits in Tuesday's 9-4 series-opening victory, is batting .408 with seven homers and 23 RBIs over the last 19 games. Gonzalez is 9 for 16 in the last four.

The Dodgers will try to stay hot against Niese (2-3, 2.54), who didn't have his best stuff in Friday's 5-2 loss at Washington. The left-hander yielded five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over a season-low four innings.

Niese has gone 1-2 despite a 2.59 ERA in four home starts while receiving a combined five runs of support. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four outings versus Los Angeles.

Niese has held Juan Uribe hitless in 11 at-bats in their matchups, but he won't face the third baseman. Uribe, batting .303 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained hamstring.

Going to be tough as the Mets have to face the Dodgers best pitcher right now. Time for the Mets to turn it around, avoid the sweep and get it going in a positive direction. LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 45 - Dodgers (4) at Mets (3) - Mets Fall to 5 Games Under .500


Los Angeles

New York

W: H. Ryu (4-2) L: J. deGrom (0-2) S: K. Jansen (13)
HR: LAD - A. Gonzalez (12),Y. Puig (10),H. Ramirez (7)   NYM - E. Campbell (1)


Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in his return from the disabled list and three of Los Angeles' five hits left the ballpark as the Dodgers took their second straight from the New York Mets, 4-3, on Wednesday.

Ryu (4-2), who missed more than three weeks with inflammation in his left shoulder, continued his road dominance this season, going six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits.

The lefty kept the Mets scoreless through his first five innings and extended his road scoreless streak to start the season to 31 innings, the second best mark to begin a campaign in the last 50 years. Only Roger Clemens (35 innings) in 2005 went longer.

Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez -- LA's 2, 3 and 4 hitters -- all belted solo home runs to help the Dodgers improve to 16-9 away from home this season.

Eric Campbell's first career home run produced a pair of New York runs behind Justin deGrom (0-2), who served up all three LA long balls and went six innings in his second career start.

Ryu showed no ill-effects from his DL stint early on, striking out two Mets in the first inning and five in his first time through the order. New York threatened to break through in the third inning with a pair of singles and a walk, but Ryu got Curtis Granderson chasing a high fastball for his sixth strikeout to get out of the frame.

Gonzalez cranked his second homer in as many days to lead off the second inning.

Puig and Ramirez went back-to-back with one away in the sixth, padding the cushion. The runs were pivotal, as Campbell's two-run shot in the home half of the inning broke Ryu's road scoreless streak and pulled the Mets within 3-2.

Chone Figgins opened the eighth inning with a pinch-hit double and later scored to give LA's relievers an insurance run to work with. Figgins moved to third on Dee Gordon's sac bunt and scored when the Mets failed to turn a double-play on Ramirez's dribbler to the mound.

Brian Wilson worked around a single to get through the eighth. Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth and after retiring pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu, served up a Juan Lagares triple. Lagares scored on Daniel Murphy's groundout, but Jansen got David Wright swinging to end it and claim his 13th save.

Game Notes

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 (20-25) ... Ryu improved to 4-0 on the road in five starts ... Puig has seven homers in his last 19 games ... Prior to the game, Dodgers minor league catcher Miguel Olivo was suspended indefinitely for biting part of teammate Alex Guerrero's ear off during Tuesday's altercation in Salt Lake City.

Box Score:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 45

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 45:

  1. Juan Lagares CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Chris Young LF
  5. Curtis Granderson RF
  6. Eric Campbell 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores SS
  8. Anthony Recker C
  9. Jacob deGrom P

Preview: Game 45 - Dodgers (24-22) at Mets (20-24) - Ryu (3-2) vs deGrom (0-1)

Preview: Game 45
Los Angeles Dodgers (24-22) at New York Mets (20-24)

Pitching Probables - Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2) 3.00 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (0-1) 1.29 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM


Yasiel Puig is on a tear, and that could go a long way toward maintaining the Los Angeles Dodgers' dominance of the New York Mets.

With Puig seeking another big offensive display and Ryu who is slated to return from the disabled list to try and continue his dominance on the road Wednesday night against the sputtering Mets.

Puig has a .411 average with six homers and 22 RBIs in 18 games, managing at least one hit in all but one of those contests. He had three with a double and an RBI while reaching base five times in Tuesday's 9-4 win to open this series at Citi Field.

The right fielder has gone 6 for 14 with two doubles and four runs over his last three meetings with the Mets (20-24), and that's helped the Dodgers (24-22) to a 10-1 mark in the last 11 matchups.

They're expected to turn to Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) as they try for their first six-game winning streak over New York since 1996.

The left-hander, though, allowed six runs in five innings of a 6-1 loss to Colorado in his last outing April 27. Ryu has been sidelined with shoulder inflammation, but he's not anticipating any limitations during his return.

Ryu has certainly done that on the road, tossing 26 consecutive scoreless innings while going 3-0 through his first four starts. It's the longest road shutout streak to start a season by a Dodger since 1974.

He's yielded one run in seven innings in both of his career starts against the Mets, going 1-0.

New York, a season-worst four games under .500, has batted .207 while dropping five of six games. However, the Mets racked up 11 hits Tuesday, with Curtis Granderson coming within a triple of the cycle and Lucas Duda adding a two-run homer.

Granderson was 1 for 14 over the previous four games, while Duda has a .177 average at home.

A rare recent bright spot for the Mets was the major league debut of Jacob deGrom, who is getting at least one more turn in the rotation with Dillon Gee on the DL due to a strained right lat muscle.

DeGrom was a hard-luck loser in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Yankees on Thursday, yielding one run and four hits in seven innings.

The right-hander also had one of the Mets' three singles Thursday, and he remains their only pitcher to get a hit in 72 at-bats this season.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 44 - Dodgers (9) at Mets (4) - Gonzo, Puig, Light up Mets


Los Angeles

New York

W: J. Beckett (2-1) L: R. Montero (0-2)
HR: LAD - A. Gonzalez (11)   NYM - C. Granderson (6),L. Duda (5)


Adrian Gonzalez finished a triple shy of the cycle and eight different Dodgers drove in runs to help Los Angeles to a 9-4 decision over the New York Mets on Tuesday to open a three-game set from Citi Field.

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Carl Crawford had a pair of hits and three runs scored for the Dodgers, who improved to 15-9 away from home this season.

Josh Beckett (2-1) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings but did enough to earn his second straight win.

Curtis Granderson doubled, homered and scored twice for New York, which saw starter Rafael Montero (0-2) struggle in his second career start. Montero had trouble finding the plate and was torched for five runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 1/3 frames.

Montero had control issues in the second, walking three but avoiding the big inning. With runners on the corners, Beckett helped himself with an RBI single to right, but Montero fanned Puig with two outs and the bases loaded later in the frame.

Granderson nearly homered to start the top of the second inning, crushing a double off the top of the wall in right. Granderson moved to third on Chris Young's fly to center and scored two batters later when Wilmer Flores reached on an infield single to short.

Montero flirted with danger again in the third, putting runners on second and third with one out, but got out of the inning unscathed. Two innings later, the Dodgers broke through.

Puig walked to start the stanza to set up Gonzalez's two-run blast to right- center. Matt Kemp followed with a double and Crawford chased Montero from the contest with a RBI single to center. Crawford stole second and moved to third on reliever Jeurys Familia's wild pitch before Juan Uribe plated him with a single for a 5-1 margin.

Ramirez's RBI single in the sixth made it a 6-1 game.

Granderson started the sixth inning with a solo homer to right. Beckett never settled down, giving up a double to Young before Lucas Duda too went yard, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Beckett was pulled two batters later after walking Flores, but the lead held thanks to a scoreless inning by J.P. Howell.

Both teams threatened but failed to put any more runs across until the ninth, when pinch-hitter Andre Ethier plated Crawford by grounding into a fielder's choice. Dee Gordon and Puig also drove in runs with singles to result in the final margin.

Game Notes

LA closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth, his first work since May 12 ... The Mets have dropped five of six ... New York second baseman Daniel Murphy went 0-for-5 as his 10-game hitting streak was snapped... LA outhit New York, 15-11 ... Los Angeles did its work with runners in scoring position, finishing 7-for-14.

Box Score:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 44

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 44

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, rf
  5. Chris Young, cf
  6. Lucas Duda, 1b
  7. Wilmer Flores, ss
  8. Juan Centeno, c
  9. Rafael Montero, rhp

Preview: Game 44 - Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23) - Beckett (1-1) vs Montero (0-1) - Granderson Likes Hitting Beckett

Preview: Game 44
Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23)
Probable Pitchers - Josh Beckett (1-1) 2.38 ERA vs Rafael Montero (0-1) 4.50 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio  - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


Dodger starter Josh Beckett will look to win his second in a row and he will be opposed by Mets Prospect Rafael Montero, who is hoping for a strong outing to preserve his spot in the rotation as Dillon Gee works his way toward a return.

Montero, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees in his major league debut Wednesday. The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits in six innings and was stung by a pair of home runs.

Prior to last Tuesday's 7-1 Dodger home win over Miami in which he allowed an unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, Beckett (1-1, 2.38 ERA) hadn't won in 14 starts since Sept. 30, 2012. He has a 1.67 ERA in his last six outings, and he's crediting that success to catcher A.J. Ellis urging him to mix in his curveball more frequently.

He hasn't faced the Mets since 2009 and is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 matchups. David Wright is 1 for 18 against him. Curtis Granderson is the opposite batting .297 (11 for 37) with a 2B,  2 3B, 3 HR's and 5 RBi's vs Beckett. Chris Young has 3 hits in 10 AB's off Beckett...

The Dodgers (23-22) have won nine of 10 against New York (20-23), a trend that could continue if the Mets don't pick it up offensively. They've hit .188 and scored 10 runs while losing four of five, and they're 5-12 in May.

In addition to the struggling offense, the Mets made a pair of errors in Sunday's 6-3 loss in Washington, one of which resulted in a two-run third inning for the Nationals.

The Dodgers have also struggled lately, dropping six of their last eight series, including a three-game set in Arizona after Sunday's 5-3 defeat.

Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer as the Dodgers continued to produce offensively. They've averaged 5.4 runs and gotten on base at a .369 clip in their last eight games, but it's resulted in a 4-4 record partly because of a 5.58 ERA. Los Angeles' 37 errors are among the most in the majors.

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. is 2 for 24 in his last six games, while second baseman Daniel Murphy has a 10-game hitting streak.

Mets need to start hitting and Montero has to shut down a very dangerous lineup. LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's on Deck - Dodgers at Mets (3 Game Series) - Pitching Matchups - Dodgers News and Notes

What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)


Pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday:  LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers News and Notes:

The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.

Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.

Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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

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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:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 20

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers - Game 20

  1. R. Tejada, SS
  2. D. Murphy, 2B
  3. D. Wright, 3B
  4. L. Duda, LF
  5. M. Byrd, RF
  6. I. Davis, 1B
  7. A. Recker, C
  8. C. Cowgill, CF
  9. J. Hefner, P

Preview: Game 20 - Dodgers at Mets - Ryu vs Hefner

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-11) at New York Mets (10-9) 1:10 PM ET
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J. Hefner (R) 3 0-2 7.075.00-13.604/20WSHND4.0430-18.011.25

The New York Mets look to carry the momentum from their late-inning magic into Thursday's matinee when they shoot for a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

The Mets evened their series versus L.A. with Wednesday's 7-3 win thanks to Jordany Valdespin's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning. After Lucas Duda was intentionally walked to fill the bags with one out, Valdespin sent Josh Wall's offering over the fence for the win.

"I wasn't thinking about hitting a home run, I was just trying to hit the ball well," Valdespin said.

David Wright tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single for the Mets, who have alternated wins and losses over the past six games and are 3-2 on a nine-game homestand.

Mets starter Matt Harvey was 4-0 entering the night and did not record a decision. He gave up three runs in six innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Bobby Parnell was the winner with a scoreless inning of relief.

New York will host Philadelphia for three games this weekend, but will go for the series win over the Dodgers with Jeremy Hefner on the mound. Hefner is 0-2 with a 7.07 earned run average in four games, three of which have been starts, this season. He threw four innings in Saturday's 7-6 loss to Washington and was reached for three runs and four hits in the no-decision.

Happy Recap: Game 19 - Dodgers (3) at Mets (7) - Mets Spin Dodgers

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W: B. Parnell (1-0) L: J. Wall (0-1)
HR: LAD - M. Kemp (1)   NYM - J. Valdespin (1)


Jordany Valdespin hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and the New York Mets outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, on Wednesday at Citi Field in the second of a three-game test.

Josh Wall (0-1) got into trouble immediately, serving up a leadoff single to John Buck, then walking Ike Davis. Marlon Byrd sacrificed both into scoring position, then Lucas Duda drew a base on balls which preceded Valdespin's crucial first homer of the season.

"I wasn't thinking about hitting a home run, I was just trying to hit the ball well," Valdespin said.

It made a winner of Bobby Parnell (1-0), who picked up the victory with a scoreless top of the 10th.

David Wright tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single, while Justin Turner had an RBI sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have won two of three.

In a pitching battle which slated an old veteran against an up and coming right-hander, both Ted Lilly and Matt Harvey didn't disappoint.

Lilly made his season debut and allowed just one run on six hits while striking out seven over five innings. The lefty is helping out an injury- riddled Dodgers pitching staff which is without Zach Greinke and Chad Billingsley, who's season came to end this week after the team announced he will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Harvey, who was looking to become the first Met to win his first five starts in seven years, gave up three runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings of work.

Matt Kemp hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, and finished with three RBI for the Dodgers, who registered just four hits. Brandon League was charged with a blown save.

"We have to score more runs," Kemp said.

Facing League in the bottom of the ninth, Mike Baxter knocked a bloop into left that he legged out into a double. Ruben Tejada laid down a sac bunt back to the pitcher to advance Baxter to third, but Daniel Murphy then fouled out the third baseman Jerry Hairston, who made a spectacular leaping catch along the edge of the visiting side railing. Wright came through just one pitch later.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Adrian Gonzalez drew a walk with two down. Kemp, who had failed to hit a home run in 78 previous at-bats this season, drilled Harvey's 2-0 pitch just over the right field wall which made it 3-1.

The Mets, though, got one run back in the bottom half of the frame. J.P. Howell relieved Lilly and started off the inning with consecutive walks to Byrd and Duda. Ronald Belisario then took the hill for the Dodgers after Juan Lagares moved runners to second and third. Turner, who was pinch-hitting for Harvey, hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-2.

The visitors jumped on Harvey in the first inning. Gonzalez's single to right advanced Mark Ellis to third and Kemp hit a fielders choice to short to give the Dodgers a 1-0 edge.

Harvey helped out his own cause with a lead-off double to left in the fifth. Tejada then roped a single to right scoring Harvey to tie the game at 1-1.

Game Notes

Harvey was looking to join Dwight Gooden (1988) and Pedro Martinez (2006) as the only Mets pitchers to go 5-0 or better in the month of April ... Harvey now has 39 strikeouts over 35 innings this season ... It was Lilly's first appearance since May 23 after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Box Score:
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