- Mark Saxon, ESPN Staff Writer
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LOS ANGELES – If you’re going to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers these days, you’d better put them away early. Let them linger and you’re likely to have yourself a little problem.
The New York Mets found out the hard way when, after furious activity on the bases in the first three innings, they could manage just two runs and the Dodgers rallied to beat them 4-2 at Dodger Stadium to extend L.A.'s winning streak to six games.
Everything seems to be going the Dodgers’ way lately, and why wouldn't it, considering they've won 38 of their past 46 games?
Now, they're even getting the breaks. Adrian Gonzalez singled in Carl Crawford from second base in the sixth inning. Juan Lagares’ throw looked like it might beat Mark Ellis to third, but it hit him and bounced into L.A.’s dugout, allowing Ellis to score and Gonzalez to reach third on Lagares’ error. Just like that, an evening of frustration against young Jenrry Mejia ended. Yasiel Puig hit a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers led 3-2.
Ricky Nolasco looked like he might be knocked out of the game in the first few innings, but he managed to keep the wheels from flying off. He got double-play balls in each of the first two innings to end threats. In the second, the first four batters singled off Nolasco, but he was fortunate enough to run into Mejia next and struck out the opposing pitcher, who couldn’t get a bunt down.
The Dodgers also got a break in a generous strike three call from plate umpire Chad Fairchild. The Ronald Belisario fastball -– which was in the vicinity of the outer half of the strike zone -– was on 3-and-2 and would have forced home the tying run.
Paco Rodriguez came into the game and threw a pitch that Daniel Murphy sent screaming into right field, but Puig was stationed nearby and made the catch –- arm extended on the run –- near the warning track to take care of the bases-loaded rally.
Things took an absurd turn in the seventh inning. Right after Eric Young Jr. flipped over the side wall in left field trying to catch a Nick Punto foul popup -- and somehow came out of it just fine -- Punto hit a home run. That is not a common occurrence. It was Punto’s second home run this season. He has been playing in the major leagues since 2001 and he has only once, in 2004, hit more than two in a season.
Shortly afterward, the Dodgers put actor Danny DeVito on DodgerVision and he turned around to display his No. 7 Punto jersey.
Kenley Jansen picked up a four-out save, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Jansen has converted his past 11 save chances.
2dWalter Villa, Special to ESPN.com