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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 2

August, 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The Mets, well Daniel Murphy, gave the Los Angeles Dodgers too many outs in the sixth inning.

With Jenrry Mejia cruising against the red-hot Dodgers, Murphy failed to execute consecutive makeable plays to open the frame. Los Angeles eventually posted three runs in the inning en route to a 4-2 win against the Mets on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

L.A. improved to 38-8 since June 22 -- the franchise’s best 46-game stretch in baseball’s modern era.


Harry How/Getty ImagesDaniel Murphy's near-miss of Mark Ellis' soft liner in the sixth contributed to a three-run frame.


With the Mets leading 2-0, Carl Crawford opened the bottom of the sixth with a grounder to Murphy’s right. Murphy knocked down the ball but could not handle it, on what was ruled an infield single.

Mark Ellis then produced a sinking liner that glanced off a retreating Murphy’s glove and dropped into shallow right field for another hit.

Adrian Gonzalez followed with a line single over shortstop that plated Crawford. And Juan Lagares’ throw back to the infield skipped past Wilmer Flores at third base for an E-8. That allowed Ellis to also race home and even the score at 2, while Gonzalez advanced to third. That put Gonzalez in position to score an unearned run and give the Dodgers the lead on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly.

Mejia stopped the damage there, in what became his final inning.

Mejia’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He threw 85 pitches (62 strikes).

The Mets chased Ricky Nolasco and eventually loaded the bases with one out the following half-inning.

On a controversial call, Ronald Belisario then struck out Juan Lagares looking at a full-count offering that plate umpire Chad Fairchild ruled was on the outside corner. With two outs, lefty Paco Rodriguez entered and coaxed Murphy into a flyout to right field as the Mets stranded three.

Nick Punto homered against Carlos Torres in the bottom of the seventh to give L.A. a 4-2 lead.

Mejia had retired the first eight Dodgers he faced, until Nolasco’s single. The Cuban phenom Puig struck out twice against Mejia before the sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

The Mets had taken a 2-0 lead in the second on four straight singles, including consecutive run-scoring hits by John Buck and Omar Quintanilla against Nolasco.

Medical attention: Flores received a visit at third base from trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins after advancing there on Buck’s single in the second inning.

Flores remained in the game and later made a stellar diving stop toward the line to rob Mark Ellis of an extra-base hit to open the bottom of the fourth.

Viva Ike: Ike Davis reached base two more times, on a second-inning single and third-inning walk. He has reached base at least twice in each of his last 12 starts. That matches John Olerud's 1998 franchise record.

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day in L.A. Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) opposes left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99) at 10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 7, Mets 2

April, 23, 2013
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Jonathon Niese and the New York Mets may have dodged a bullet.

Niese departed in the third inning after being struck on the inside of his right ankle with a comebacker off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis. X-rays were negative, and Niese is listed as day-to-day with a bruise.

Meanwhile, after knocking out Niese, Ellis finished off the Mets, too. He delivered a game-tying solo homer against Robert Carson in the fifth, then a tie-breaking three-run shot against Brandon Lyon two innings later as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 7-2, Tuesday night at Citi Field.


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Jon Niese was forced from Tuesday's game in the third inning after being struck in the lower right leg with a comebacker.


If Niese were to miss a start, Collin McHugh would be the most logical option. He is on the 40-man roster, and is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Las Vegas. Zack Wheeler, hoopla aside, walked six in 4 1/3 innings in his last 51s start. Meanwhile, neither Double-A prospect Rafael Montero (3-0, 1.59 ERA) nor newly signed ex-Yankee D.J. Mitchell is on the 40-man roster. Montero doesn’t need to be added to the roster next offseason, either.

CLAYTON’S PLACE: Clayton Kershaw, who typically dominates the Mets, required 111 pitches to navigate five innings. He departed with the score 2-2 and received a no-decision. It marked Kershaw’s shortest outing since Opening Day 2012, when he lasted only three innings against the San Diego Padres.

Kershaw retired the first eight Mets before stumbling against an unlikely batter. Carson -- in his first major league plate appearance, and only the 16th plate appearance of his seven-year pro career -- drew a two-out walk in the third. Kershaw then also walked Ruben Tejada. Daniel Murphy and David Wright followed with consecutive RBI singles as the Mets took a 2-1 lead.

Kershaw is now 5-0 in seven career starts against the Mets. His career ERA against the Amazin’s rose to 1.62.

Kershaw entered the game with the third-best ERA in major league history of any pitcher who had made five-plus starts against the Mets (1.37). That trailed only Doc Medich (0.85) and Mark Prior (1.03).

SUPER SUB: Carson took over for Niese in the third and offered a credible appearance in his longest outing since he was a starter with Double-A Binghamton in 2011.

Carson logged 2 1/3 innings and departed after the solo homer by Ellis.


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Mark Ellis homered twice against the Mets on Tuesday night.


Carson joined the Mets on Sunday when Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment. When Shaun Marcum is activated for Saturday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies, it is conceivable Carson sticks around and another reliever -- Josh Edgin (who surrendered a two-run double in the eighth to A.J. Ellis) or seemingly less likely Jeurys Familia -- is demoted.

DEBUTANT: Juan Lagares made his major league debut in center field. He entered in the top of the fifth inning on a double-switch when Carson departed. Lagares led off in the bottom half of that frame and flied out to the track in left field against Kershaw. He finished 1-for-2, singling against left-hander Paco Rodriguez in his seventh for his first major league hit.

WEB GEMS: Tejada, whose six errors have received considerable hype, appears to have turned a corner.

He turned in a pair of highlight-reel plays Tuesday night. Tejada leaped to catch a liner from Andre Ethier to strand two in the top of the third. An inning later, Tejada slid to his left and came up firing to retire Justin Sellers at first base for the second out of the fourth.

WHAT’S NEXT: Matt Harvey bids to become the first Met to earn the win in his first five starts of a season since Pedro Martinez in 2006. The franchise record belongs to Frank Viola, who won his first seven starts in 1990.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, only two Mets have gone 5-0 in April: Pedro in ’06 and Dwight Gooden in 1988.

Harvey opposes left-hander Ted Lilly, who is making his first major league appearance since May 23, 2012. Lilly is returning from labrum surgery on his left shoulder.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Carlos Torres
WINS ERA SO IP
2 1.86 12 9
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Lagares .314
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18

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