National League Game Summary - New York at Los Angeles|
(Saturday, June 30th)
Final Score: New York 5, Los Angeles 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Johan Santana gave up just three hits in
eight innings Saturday night and the New York Mets shut out the reeling Los
Angeles Dodgers, 5-0.
The Dodgers have been shut out in five of their last six games and have lost
seven in a row for the first time in almost four years.
Santana (6-4) was unhittable for much of the game and improved to 5-0 lifetime
against the Dodgers. He didn't allow a hit between leadoff singles in the
first and eighth innings, closing June with another gem after beginning the
month with the franchise's first no-hitter.
Ike Davis hit a three-run homer for the Mets, who have won the first three
games of this four-game set -- the last two by shutouts -- and four in a row
The Dodgers are just 1-11 in their last 12 and have been held scoreless in 56
of their last 57 innings. They have dropped seven in a row for the first time
since an eight-game slide from Aug. 22-29, 2008.
LA starter Nathan Eovaldi (0-5) gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in
5 1/3 innings to remain winless in seven starts this season.
"It's really tough days right now (but) we know we're going to get out of
this," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We have to put runs on the board.
When you're not putting up runs you look bad. Right now it's a rough time."
Santana finished 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in June, including his no-no against the
Cardinals on the first day of the month. He was bested by knuckleballer R.A.
Dickey, who won Friday's game to go 5-0 in the month with a 0.93 ERA.
Dee Gordon's third-pitch single on an 0-2 count leading off the first inning
was the only hit Santana gave up until Scott Van Slyke led off the eighth with
Gordon stole second base, the only Dodger to make it that far until the eighth
as Santana allowed just three baserunners in the first seven innings, two on
"I felt good. I threw my fastball inside and they were swinging right away,"
said Santana. "I threw some sliders and my changeup was good. I just tried to
get ahead in the count. We continue to have fun and play good baseball."
Meanwhile, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Davis led off
with a double and scored on back-to-back fly outs by Lucas Duda and Daniel
Murphy hit a leadoff double in the fifth, went to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis'
ground out and scored on Josh Thole's sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Davis' 11th homer of the season scored Andres Torres and David
Wright for a 5-0 lead. Eovaldi was then relieved by Scott Elbert after giving
up a single to Duda.
Santana escaped trouble in the eighth after Van Slyke's leadoff single and
Tony Gwynn's one-out base hit. The runners were stranded after ground outs by
Adam Kennedy and Gordon and Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth in relief.
The Mets are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the teams. They are 4-2 on a
seven-game road trip...Eovaldi earned his only win last season...Santana had a
06/30 22:47:07 ET