The New York Mets snapped their three game losing streak Thursday night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in the series finale at Citi Field. Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson was the star of the game, going 2-4 with a double, an RBI triple, and a run scored. Mets lefty veteran Jonathon Niese picked up the win improving his record to 3-3 while Dodgers reliever Chris Perez fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Dodgers second baseman Chone Figgins led off the game with a single to left field. Right fielder Yasiel Puig then struck out swinging, but shortstop Hanley Ramirez hit a single up the middle, advancing Figgins to third. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez then flied out to left, but Figgins scored to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. Centerfielder Matt Kemp then struck out swinging to retire the side. The Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the first and the Dodgers failed to score in the top of the second.
Leading off the bottom of the second Curtis Granderson crushed a pitch to deep center. The ball bounced behind Matt Kemp who grabbed it but bobbled it twice on the exchange and Granderson was safe at third. The play was scored a double with an error by Kemp that allowed Granderson to advance to third. Left fielder Eric Campbell then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Granderson to tie the game 1-1. First baseman Lucas Duda walked, and shortstop Wilmer Flores followed by smashing a pitch to the gap in right center. Coming all the way from dead right, Yasiel Puig made a spectacular diving catch for the out. Puig then threw to first, nearly doubling off Duda. Catcher Anthony Recker walked, but Jonathon Niese struck out swinging to end the inning. Neither team scored for the next two and a half innings.
In the bottom of the fifth Wilmer Flores led off with a strikeout looking. Recker then crushed a double to deep right, and Niese followed suit with a double to the gap right center that rolled all the way to the wall. Recker scored, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. It was the first hit this season by a Mets pitcher not named Jacob deGrom. Centerfielder Juan Lagares grounded out to second but Niese moved to third on the play. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then grounded a ball to third, but third baseman Justin Turner could not field the ball cleanly allowing Niese scored to extend New York’s lead to 3-1. Mets third baseman David Wright then grounded out to third to end the inning.
Chone Figgins led off the top of the sixth with a walk. Yasiel Puig then grounded a ball to third. Wright threw to Murphy who dropped the ball and everyone was safe. Hanley Ramirez then skied a pop up to second. The infield fly rule was called (batter is automatically out and runners can advance at their own peril). The ball dropped in front of Murphy who threw to Wilmer Flores who then tagged Puig for the double play in the ensuing chaos. It appeared that neither Puig nor Flores knew what the rule was for an infield fly. After everything settled down, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to short to retire the side. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
Matt Kemp grounded out to shortstop to start the top of the seventh. Left fielder Scott Van Slyke then walked, and former Met Justin Turner lined a shot over the left field wall for a home run to tie the game 3-3. Catcher AJ Ellis then flied out to center and outfielder Carl Crawford was called to pinch-hit for Jamey Wright who relieved Dodgers ace Zach Greinke in the top of the sixth. Crawford then popped out to short to retire the side.
Chris Perez came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Dodgers. Wilmer Flores led off with a single to left center and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Perez. Anthony Recker struck out swinging, and outfielder Bobby Abreu pinch-hit for Jon Niese. Abreu flied out to right but Flores advanced to third on the play. Juan Lagares then laced a single over Chone Figgins into right field to score Flores allowing the Mets to retake the lead 4-3. Daniel Murphy grounded out to second to end the inning.
Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka entered in the top of the eighth. Figgins struck out swinging to lead off the inning. Yasiel Puig then crushed a pitch to deep center for a double. Hanley Ramirez then lined a ball to left. Eric Campbell dove and caught the ball. Thinking the ball had landed for a hit, Puig advanced towards home. Realizing the ball was caught, Puig raced back to second but it was too late. Campbell threw to second to double off Puig, retiring the side.
David Wright started the bottom of the eighth with a single to right field. Curtis Granderson then smashed a pitch to right center. The ball hit off the fence, and ricocheted back to the outfield. Puig heaved a throw home but not before Wright scored on a triple from Granderson bringing the Mets lead to 5-3. Eric Campbell struck out swinging, but Chris Perez was pulled for Paul Maholm.
Lucas Duda grounded a ball to shortstop. Hanley Ramirez threw home to get Granderson out. Duda was safe at first. Duda then stole second, but was left stranded when Wilmer Flores struck out swinging to end the inning.
Mets closer Jenrry Mejia entered the game and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to shut the door on the Dodgers, earning his second save. The Mets return to action tomorrow night when Mets veteran Bartolo Colon faces off against rookie starter Chase Anderson for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
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