Dodgers-Mets: Late Rally Falls Short for Blue Crew in 5-4 Defeat

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Dodgers-Mets: Late Rally Falls Short for Blue Crew in 5-4 Defeat
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The Los Angeles Dodgers (53-31) lost 5-4 to the New York Mets (40-43) on Wednesday night. It was the first loss for the Dodgers in five meetings between the teams this season.

The Dodgers swept the Mets in a three-game series in May at Dodger Stadium and took the opening game of the series last night at Citi Field 8-0.

But the Dodgers went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position on a night when Mets starter Oliver Perez walked seven batters. They were also unable to capitalize on a scoring opportunity on Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth.

Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda went just four-and-two-third-innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits. He also walked two batters for the second straight game after going four games (30.1 innings) without issuing a walk. 

Mark Loretta singled home Orlando Hudson to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

The Mets finally answered and put some runs on the board after scoring just four in the past three games. David Wright, David Murphy, and Jeremy Reed all had multi-hit games for the Mets in the “offensive outburst” in Queens.  

After a Luis Castillo RBI groundout tied the game in the second, the Mets pulled ahead with a three-run third inning off of Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda. Wright and Reed singled home runs in the inning and an error by normally sure-handed Casey Blake at third base cost the Mets another run.

With the Dodgers trailing 4-1, Rafael Furcal singled home Matt Kemp in the fourth to make it a 4-2 game. Furcal had another productive night on Wednesday going 2-for-4 and knocking in two runs.

Perhaps the most bizarre play you will ever see occurred in the top of the seventh inning.

Loretta one-hopped a ball down the first base line but it landed on the first base bag. First baseman Daniel Murphy had to quickly change course and adjust to the new path of the ball, which had bounced towards second base.

Murphy snagged the ball off of one bounce and in the same motion tossed the ball behind his back to the pitcher Bobby Parnell who was covering. Loretta was out by just a hair and manager Joe Torre came out to argue but his cries went unheard as the play stood as called.

Kemp tripled to right field to get things started in the eighth inning and Furcal once again plated him with a groundout to second to bring the Dodgers within two runs at 5-3.

Kemp was 3-for-3 on the night and scored two runs, making his last push to be voted into the All-Star game as part of the Final Vote on MLB.com. Voting ends tomorrow and despite receiving over two million votes, he was still trailing the Giants Pablo Sandoval and the Phillies Shane Victorino.

Francisco Rodriguez entered with a two-run lead in the ninth.

Manny Ramirez welcomed him to the game with lead off line drive rocket into the right field bleachers. He saluted the crowd down the left field line as he rounded third base on his 535th career home run, which brought the Dodgers to within one run at 5-4.

After a Blake walk, his fourth free pass of the night, and a Russell Martin single the Dodgers had runners at first and second with just one out.

Rodriguez then attempted to pickoff Blake at second but the throw bounced off of Blake and rolled into center field. Blake was unable to advance because the second baseman Castillo fell on top of him and prevented him to get up from his slide.

The play proved to be huge as Andre Ethier grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

Had Blake been able to advance the double play may have been avoided with speedy Russell Martin on first. Martin most likely would have advancing to second on the errant throw.

 

 

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WP: Perez (2-2)

LP: Kuroda (3-5)

SV: Rodriguez (22)

 

Notes from Wednesday night:

 

Give the Man Some Rest

Mark Loretta took care of the duties at first base tonight. James Loney was given the night off and for the first time this season, didn’t appear in the game. He had appeared in all 83 games (starting 79 games, all at first base) and was the only Dodger to do so.

Starters Giving Their Best

Entering Wednesday’s game, Dodgers’ starting pitchers had not allowed more than three earned runs in a game over the last seven games.

Hiroki Kuroda gave up five runs, four earned, in just four-and-two-third-innings pitched. In two previous career outings against the Mets he was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA (Eight earned runs in six innings pitched).


Look Out, Mickey—Manny is On the Way

Manny Ramirez launched his 535th career home run in the ninth inning, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 16th all-time.

He now trails the great Mickey Mantle by only one home run for 15th on the all-time list. 

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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