Cinco de mayo was not very kind to Mexico native Oliver Perez.
Perez gave up five runs, four of them coming on three Los Angeles Dodgers’ homeruns en route to the defeat.
To add injury to insult, Perez took a line drive to the mid section early to the game.
Oliver was able to stay in the game and looked gutsy at times, only walking two batters and challenging the Dodger hitters, but three of those challenges went beyond the fences at Dodger Stadium, including Rafael Furcal’s lead-off shot on an 0-2 pitch and Blake DeWitt’s first career dinger.
Perez gave as much effort as he could to silence teammate Billy Wagner who challenged Oliver to “step up” after his last performance of one and two-thirds innings. In addition to his six innings of work, Perez covered first base well, including on a bunt attempt by the speedy Juan Pierre that was scooped via glove from Carlos Delgado to Oliver.
The offense once again failed to report for the Mets. Moises Alou drove in Carlos Beltran for the only Met run in the sixth inning.
The 1-3 and 8-9 hitters were a combined 0-for-16 against the Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley, Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, and Takashi Saito. One of these hitters includes Luis Castillo, who is mired in an 0-for-18 slump.
This solid performance by the Dodgers pulled them within three games of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West while the Mets fall to third place in the NL East, yet only one-and-a-half games behind the first place Phillies.