Final Score: Los Angeles 5, New York 4 (12 innings)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Yasiel Puig legged out a double on a slow
rolling grounder and came home to score on Adrian Gonzalez's line drive down
the left-field line, as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed in 12 innings over
the New York Mets, 5-4, to complete a three-game sweep and extend their
winning streak to eight games.
The Dodgers continue to find ways to win, 40 times in the last 48 games, in
fact. They trailed by four runs after five innings on Wednesday, but chipped
away to stay within striking distance.
LaTroy Hawkins blew the save for New York in the ninth, denying Dillon Gee of
his ninth win. He served up a two-run, game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Andre
Ethier that sent the game to extra innings.
"It was a fastball away and I got it all," Ethier said of his homer. "It's
nice to be part of something we've got going here."
When his hit in the 12th through the middle deflected off the glove of
shortstop Omar Quintanilla, Puig never stopped running and came flying in to
slide into second safely.
Gonzalez handed Pedro Feliciano (0-1) the loss with his liner down the third-
After Ethier's one-out blast past the left-field wall tied the game for the
Dodgers, the Mets' offense went silent. They managed just two singles in extra
innings, with Paco Rodriguez (3-2) turning in 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn
the victory for the Dodgers.
Marlon Byrd ended 3-for-6 with a three-run homer. He fell a triple short of
the cycle as New York ended up spoiling a solid performance from Gee, who
permitted the Dodgers to just two runs on seven hits and one walk.
"Dillon kept us in the game and threw the ball well," Mets manager Terry
Collins said of his starter. "(The Dodgers) are playing good ball and they're
pitching very well. You're never happy when you lose three straight when you
had a chance to win."
Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodgers' lineup to make his first start in 10
games since injuring his shoulder on Aug. 4. He finished 2-for-5.
Puig was able to erase Byrd by gunning him out at third on Justin Turner's
shallow base hit in the second, but the Dodgers couldn't keep the Mets from
scoring. Ike Davis reached when he grounded into a force out, stole second and
then trotted home on Andrew Brown's double into right.
Byrd made up for his base running blunder in the third, following singles from
Daniel Murphy and Josh Satin with his first homer since July 21 to stake New
York to a 4-0 lead.
Carl Crawford stunted the Dodgers' home fourth, getting picked off first base
before the team followed with three consecutive singles to pack the bags. Mark
Ellis flew out to end the inning.
Gee flirted with danger again in the sixth, serving up one-out hits to
Gonzalez and Ramirez, whose double into the left-field gap placed runners at
second and third.
Ellis came up after Gee plunked Skip Schumaker on the foot and was able
to bring in a run when he beat out a potential inning-ending double-play
ground ball. Jerry Hairston then sent a grounder past the diving reach of
Murphy at second to make it 4-2.
Former Met Chris Capuano made the start for Los Angeles, yielding 10 hits,
four runs and two walks over five innings ... The Dodgers have won nine of
their last 10 meetings with the Mets ... Los Angeles has won in Capuano's last
six starts ... The home run was Byrd's 100th of his career ... Los Angeles has
won a franchise record 12 consecutive one-run games.
08/15 03:01:39 ET
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