Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Dodgers 0

June, 30, 2012
6/30/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: On June 1, Johan Santana tossed the organization’s first no-hitter. The southpaw closed the month by allowing three hits over eight scoreless innings Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

And with Ike Davis surging back over the Mendoza line with a three-run homer and double, the Mets beat Los Angeles, 5-0.

The victory moved the Mets to within one game of their first-ever four-game series sweep of the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, minus injured sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, has been shut out five times in its past six games.

Davis’ three-run homer in the sixth against Nathan Eovaldi after an intentional walk to David Wright staked the Mets to a five-run lead. Once the subject of demotion talks, Davis now ranks second on the team in RBIs with 45, trailing only Wright’s 50.

Of Davis’ 11 homers, six have been three-run shots, while another has been a grand slam. He has six homers and 24 RBIs in his past 19 games.

With a 2-for-4 performance, Davis’ average also moved to .203, only its second time over the Mendoza line this season.

Santana is now 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers.

DOUBLE TALK: Before Davis’ three-homer gave the Mets breathing room, the Mets followed the same blueprint twice to produce runs. In the second, Davis doubled, advanced to third on Lucas Duda’s flyout and scored on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, it was Murphy who doubled, moved to third on a groundout to the right side of the infield by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and scored on a sac fly by Josh Thole for a 2-0 lead.

OFF-BASE: About the only blemish Saturday: Andres Torres’ baserunning. Torres was doubled off first base on Wright’s routine flyout to right field in the first inning. In the third, Torres was picked off first base by catcher A.J. Ellis.

FIELD OF DREAMS: Mets infielders had four stellar fielding plays in a tight game early. Wright barehanded Elian Herrera’s fourth-inning bunt attempt and retired him at first base. Two innings earlier, Murphy ranged to his right to initiate a stellar 4-6-3 double play on Scott Van Slyke. Santana also turned in two fielding gems.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw stands between the Mets and a four-game sweep. Kershaw (5-4, 2.72 ERA) opposes Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.42) in the ESPN-televised series finale at 8 p.m. ET Sunday. The Mets have not swept a series of any length at Dodger Stadium since taking a two-game set in 1990. Kershaw is 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA in five career starts against the Mets.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187