National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at New York
(Wednesday, April 24th)
Final Score: New York 7, Los Angeles 3 (10 innings)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jordany Valdespin hit a game-winning grand
slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and the New York Mets outlasted the Los
Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, on Wednesday at Citi Field in the second of a three-game
Josh Wall (0-1) got into trouble immediately, serving up a leadoff single to
John Buck, then walking Ike Davis. Marlon Byrd sacrificed both into scoring
position, then Lucas Duda drew a base on balls which preceded Valdespin's
crucial first homer of the season.
"I wasn't thinking about hitting a home run, I was just trying to hit the ball
well," Valdespin said.
It made a winner of Bobby Parnell (1-0), who picked up the victory
with a scoreless top of the 10th.
David Wright tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single,
while Justin Turner had a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have won two of
In a pitching battle which slated an old veteran against an up and coming
right-hander, both Ted Lilly and Matt Harvey didn't disappoint.
Lilly made his season debut and allowed just one run on six hits while
striking out seven over five innings. The lefty is helping out an injury-
riddled Dodgers pitching staff which is without Zack Greinke and Chad
Billingsley, whose season came to end this week after the team announced he
will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Harvey, who was looking to become the first Met to win his first five starts
in seven years, gave up three runs on four hits and struck out seven over six
innings of work.
Matt Kemp hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, and finished
with three RBI for the Dodgers, who registered just four hits. Brandon League
was charged with a blown save.
"We have to score more runs," Kemp said.
Facing League in the bottom of the ninth, Mike Baxter knocked a bloop into
left that he legged out into a double. Ruben Tejada laid down a sac bunt back
to the pitcher to advance Baxter to third, but Daniel Murphy then fouled out
to third baseman Jerry Hairston, who made a spectacular leaping catch along
the edge of the visiting side railing. Wright came through just one pitch
With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Adrian Gonzalez drew a walk with two
down. Kemp, who had failed to hit a home run in 78 previous at-bats this
season, drilled Harvey's 2-0 pitch just over the right field wall which made
The Mets, though, got one run back in the bottom half of the frame. J.P.
Howell relieved Lilly and started off the inning with consecutive walks to
Byrd and Duda. Ronald Belisario then took the hill for the Dodgers after Juan
Lagares moved runners to second and third. Turner, who was pinch-hitting for
Harvey, hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-2.
The visitors jumped on Harvey in the first inning. Gonzalez's single to
right advanced Mark Ellis to third and Kemp hit a fielder's choice to short to
give the Dodgers a 1-0 edge.
Harvey helped out his own cause with a lead-off double to left in the fifth.
Tejada then roped a single to right, scoring Harvey to tie the game at 1-1.
Harvey was looking to join Dwight Gooden (1988) and Pedro Martinez (2006) as
the only Mets pitchers to go 5-0 or better in the month of April ... Harvey
now has 39 strikeouts over 35 innings this season ... It was Lilly's first
appearance since May 23 after recovering from shoulder surgery.
04/25 01:41:35 ET
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