Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Dodgers 3
May, 22, 2014
By Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
NEW YORK -- That's not the way to get red hot.
You don't do it by giving away two runs because of errors. You don't do it by giving up a tiebreaking run because your pitcher throws a wild pitch to a batter trying to bunt. You don't do it by running your way into two double plays.
You don't do it by giving away the final game of what could have and should have been a series sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were so hopeful after two straight wins but so poor in a 5-3 Thursday night loss to the New York Mets.
How it happened: The Dodgers didn't do a good job of supporting Zack Greinke, scoring only one run while he was in the game and making the two costly errors behind him. Greinke was not at his best, and the errors by Matt Kemp and Justin Turner were only part of the reason he needed 101 pitches to get through five innings, but he pitched well enough to give the Dodgers a chance to win.
Turner also gave the Dodgers a chance, with his two-run, game-tying home run off Jonathon Niese in the seventh inning. But Chris Perez allowed a leadoff single to Wilmer Flores (with Scott Van Slyke just missing on an attempt at a diving catch in left field), and Perez wild-pitched Flores to second while Anthony Recker was trying to bunt him there.
Perez also gave up a two-out Juan Lagares single that put the Mets ahead.
Hits: Turner, playing third base because Juan Uribe is hurt, hit his first home run as a Dodger (after hitting eight in parts of four seasons with the Mets). Chone Figgins, leading off and playing second base because manager Don Mattingly thought Dee Gordon needed a day off, reached base twice and got the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Misses: Turner committed a fifth-inning error that gave the Mets their third run. Kemp committed a second-inning error that led to the Mets' first run.
Stat of the game: Greinke's streak of 21 consecutive starts giving up two runs or fewer (longest streak in the majors since at least 1914) came to an end Thursday. But Greinke still made history. Because two of the Mets' runs were unearned, he now owns a streak of 22 consecutive starts giving up two earned runs or fewer. That's the longest in the majors since earned runs became an official statistic in 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau research. Roger Clemens went 21 starts in a row in 1990-91.
Puig plays of the day: What did Yasiel Puig do now? He almost turned a double into a double play, that's what. Puig made a diving back-hand catch of a Flores drive he never should have been able to come close to in the second inning Thursday, then very nearly doubled up Lucas Duda off first base. Oh, and then Puig ran into a double play in the sixth inning because he didn't know the infield-fly rule. Puig was on first base when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed a Hanley Ramirez pop-up. Ramirez was still out, but the runners could advance at their own risk. Puig thought he was forced out at second base and roamed off the bag, and the Mets tagged him out. Oh, and then Puig got doubled off second base when Eric Campbell made a diving catch on Ramirez in the eighth.
Up next: The Dodgers will take the train from New York to Philadelphia, where they'll try to continue their recent success at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers, 6-1 in Philadelphia over the last two seasons, will send Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 4.43) to the mound Friday night against Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 3.98). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT.