LOS ANGELES -- After a couple of games in Oakland that might constitute as offensive breakouts, the New York Mets went back to being a pitiful offensive threat Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Dan Haren and his 4.59 ERA looked ripe after Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run. But Haren settled in, and along with a few relievers, shut down the Mets in a 6-2 victory.
Failure to close: Mets starter Jonathon Niese had gotten through the first four innings having allowed just one run, but he gave up a lead-off double to Justin Turner and two batters later walked Erisbel Arruebarrena to put runners on the corners with one out.
Niese then got a gift out when Haren failed to get down a squeeze bunt and Turner was run down for the second out. With two strikes on Haren, Niese then threw three consecutive balls and was forced to lay in a 90-mph fastball and Haren knocked it into center field for an RBI single.
Failing to finish off that inning against the opposing pitcher put the Mets behind for good.
Rough night: Shortstop Wilmer Flores had a night to forget Friday, committing a fielding error in the fifth inning that eventually led to him tripping over his own feet and falling to the dirt, drawing some laughs and a big pity-induced “ohhh” from the Dodger Stadium fans.
Flores’ bigger error came in the seventh, when he threw away a routine ground ball that would have ended the inning. A run scored on the error and Matt Kemp followed with a two-run double to put the game away.
The Mets committed four errors in the game.
Turner’s revenge: Dodgers third baseman Turner, who was non-tendered by the Mets in December, made a nice running catch in shallow left field in the second inning and was able to double off Travis d'Arnaud at first base to kill a New York threat.
Turner, a favorite of Mets manager Terry Collins, also doubled in the fifth inning, but he was tagged out after Haren’s failed squeeze attempt.
Grand’s slam: Granderson led off the game with a home run into the right-field corner on the third pitch from Haren. It was Granderson’s 16th of the season and his first in 94 at-bats dating back to July 26.
The Mets hit Greinke well when they faced him in May, posting three runs on four hits in five innings in a Mets win.