National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at New York|
(Saturday, July 21st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, New York 5
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Juan Uribe's two-run home run in the ninth
inning halted a Mets comeback, and sent Los Angeles to an 8-5 victory in the
middle test of a three-game series.
Uribe finished with two hits, three runs scored and four RBI for the Dodgers,
who have taken the first two in the set and three straight overall.
James Loney and Matt Kemp added a pair of hits, RBI and run scored each for
LA, which had dropped three of four to the Mets in late June at home.
Chris Capuano (10-5) allowed eight hits and three runs with nine strikeouts
over seven solid innings for the win.
Ronny Cedeno homered, while Daniel Murphy and Kirk Nieuwenhuis picked up
pinch-hit RBIs for the Mets, who have lost eight of their last nine.
"This time of year they all become the most important game each and every
day," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "We've struggled. We came back today
and made it a game. We gotta keep fighting. The clubhouse is filled with guys
that understand that and know ... it's no fun going through what we're going
Miguel Batista (1-3) was tagged in defeat for five hits and four runs over
three full frames.
Cedeno's homer brought the hosts within 6-3 in the sixth, then Murphy tripled
in a run and Nieuwenhuis added an RBI groundout in the eighth to pull the Mets
within a run.
But Uribe cleared the wall in left with two down in the ninth off R.A. Dickey
to provide a three-run margin for the visitors. The longball came just after
Loney kept the inning alive with a base hit.
Kenley Jansen walked two batters with two outs in the home half, but recovered
to fan Scott Hairston to end the game and earn his 18th save.
Los Angeles picked up a run in the first as Kemp and Andre Ethier walked and
Loney singled in Kemp. The Dodgers went ahead by a 3-0 count in the third on
Uribe's two-run double and a Luis Cruz RBI base hit.
"We really jumped on them early and really grinded out some nice at-bats,"
said Capuano. "It made for some long innings which can be tough sometimes when
you're in the dugout for a long time. But I just tried to keep my energy up."
The Mets responded in the home third on back-to-back RBI singles from Hairston
and Jason Bay, but Kemp tripled home Adam Kennedy in the fourth and Matt
Treanor scored Uribe on a double in the fifth which pushed LA's edge to 6-2.
Uribe's four RBI were his most since similar performances on April 20 and 22,
2011 against the Braves and Cubs, respectively, and his three runs scored were
the most since he crossed the plate three times for the Giants against Arizona
on May 29, 2010...Prior to the contest, the Mets placed Johan Santana on the
15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain and recalled pitcher Jeremy
Hefner from Triple-A Norfolk.
07/21 19:14:34 ET