WHAT IT MEANS: Justin Turner's tie-breaking pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth off Matt Guerrier lifted the Mets to their third straight win, 4-2 over the Dodgers.
Francisco Rodriguez, working for the third straight day despite a 42-pitch effort on Thursday, notched his ninth save. K-Rod had his first clean outing of an inning or more this season.
OH, GEE: With Chris Young scratched shortly before Saturday's first pitch because of an inability to get loose, according to team officials, Dillon Gee got emergency action -- his first start since April 23. Gee, usually a control pitcher, walked two batters and plunked two other Dodgers in the first two innings, but managed to strand the bases loaded in each inning. (Los Angeles left the bases loaded in the seventh inning, too, when Ryota Igarashi struck out pinch-hitter Jerry Sands after Daniel Murphy's error and two walks.)
Gee's 89-pitch effort ended when he allowed an RBI single to Aaron Miles with one out in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Dioner Navarro had placed the Dodgers on the scoreboard with a solo homer into the short right-field corner in the fourth inning.
DEBUTANT: Left-hander Mike O'Connor made his Mets debut, relieving Gee in the sixth. O'Connor struck out James Loney and retired Andre Ethier on a groundout to strand Miles. The southpaw then departed for pinch-hitter Willie Harris in the bottom half of the inning.
STREAKING: Ethier went 0-for-4 with a walk as his hitting streak ended at 30 games. It finished one shy of matching the Dodgers franchise record, which was set by Willie Davis in 1969.
RUNNING BASES: Jose Reyes continued his hot hitting, singling twice. Both times he was erased on the bases -- getting picked off in the second inning, as well as getting thrown out mistakenly trying to advance from second to third base on a grounder to shortstop in the seventh.
PRIDIE OF METS: Jason Pridie had a career-high three hits.
K-ROD TRACKER: Rodriguez finished his 11th game. He needs 44 games finished in the Mets' remaining 129 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 54 games finished, one shy of the trigger for the contract to vest.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey opposes Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the homestand finale. Ronny Paulino is scheduled to catch Dickey because of his success hitting southpaws, despite having no experience aside from a handful of bullpen sessions catching Dickey's knuckleball.