Thursday, August 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 5, Mets 4 (12)
By Adam Rubin
LOS ANGELES -- The 40-year-old closer could not stop the runaway train.
Trying to protect a two-run lead, fill-in stopper LaTroy Hawkins surrendered a two-run homer to pinch hitter Andre Ethier with one out in the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez then a delivered a walk-off double against Pedro Feliciano in the 12th as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Mets with a 5-4, come-from-behind win Wednesday. Yasiel Puig scored the decisive run after hustling for a double on a grounder up the middle.
The latest L.A. miracle upped the Dodgers’ winning streak to eight games. The Dodgers are 23-3 since the All-Star break.
Hawkins, who has assumed the closing role with Bobby Parnell on the disabled list, had allowed only one earned run in 12 innings since the All-Star break. The Mets had been 44-5 when leading after eight innings. Hawkins had converted three straight save chances since assuming Parnell's duty.
Ethier is now 4-for-6 with two homers, six RBIs and a walk in his career against Hawkins. Ethier was making his first appearance since being scratched from Tuesday’s starting lineup with left calf tightness. Hawkins had been struck in the groin with a comebacker the batter before Ethier's blast and required a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez.
The Mets have played 51 extra innings this season. The major league record is 82 by the 1918 Washington Senators, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The franchise record is 60 extra innings, in 1979 and ’85, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Gee plus: Dillon Gee retired the game’s first nine batters, then wriggled free of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. And behind a three-run homer from Marlon Byrd, the Mets had put themselves in position for a 4-2 win entering the bottom of the ninth.
Byrd finished 3-for-6 and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Andrew Brown, subbing in left field for resting Eric Young Jr., earlier contributed an RBI double. The Mets chased former teammate Chris Capuano after five innings, having produced 10 hits and two walks to build a 4-0 lead.
Gee’s line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He threw 95 pitches (65 strikes).
Former Dodgers farmhand Scott Rice contributed two scoreless relief innings.
Perfect through three, Gee surrendered a leadoff single to Carl Crawford in the fourth. Crawford ended up getting picked off, which proved important, because L.A. failed to score in the inning despite producing four hits. Mark Ellis flied out to strand the bases loaded.
The Dodgers, though, again loaded the bases in the sixth, this time for Ellis with one out. And this time they scored.
Ellis narrowly beat out a would-be inning-ending double play, allowing Adrian Gonzalez to score. Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI single up the middle, past diving Daniel Murphy, to make it 4-2. Gee finally stopped the bleeding by striking out Tim Federowicz to strand runners on the corners.
At the plate, Gee had a triple. Officially, he became the first Mets pitcher with a three-bagger since Nelson Figueroa in 2009, although Jonathon Niese had a triple two years ago as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins.
Left outs: Ike Davis, starting against a left-hander for the first time since his return from Las Vegas, went 0-for-3 against the southpaw Capuano. Davis later doubled.
Wilmer! Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit single in the ninth in his first action since Monday’s game, when he twisted his right ankle. Jenrry Mejia pinch ran for Flores.
What’s next: The Mets bus to San Diego. Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) opposes Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75) at 10:10 p.m. ET Thursday at Petco Park.