A game that started out as a blowout then became an interesting game and then turned back into a blowout, ended with a Dodgers victory and the Mets losing for the fifth time in the last six games.
The Dodgers got on the board first, with Josh Beckett helping out his own cause with a RBI single.
Wilmer Flores, who got the start at shortstop tonight, tied the game in the bottom half of the second with an RBI single on his own.
Then in the 5th, Montero ran into some trouble. An Adrian Gonzalez two-run home run and two RBI singles saw the Dodgers take a commanding 5-0 lead.
In the Mets part of the 5th, they were able to load the bases with three straight singles on three straight pitches by Juan Centeno, pinch hitter Eric Campbell and Eric Young Jr. but got Beckett was able to get Daniel Murphy to strike out and get David Wright to ground out after a long at-bat.
The Dodgers got another run on a Hanley Ramirez RBI single. But Curtis Granderson wouldn’t go down without a fight, as he took a ball deep for his 6th home run of the year. After the next pitch was hit for a double by Chris Young, Lucas Duda stepped in a launch a home run of his own to cut the lead to 6-4.
Singles by both David Wright and Curtis Granderson, along with a hit-by pitch to Chris Young set up Lucas Duda with a chance to tie the game in the 7th. But Duda hit a broken bat flare that Dee Gordon was able to get to. The next batter Wilmer Flores grounded out to end the rally.
From that point on, the Mets weren’t able to get anything going in terms of a rally, and then the game got out of hand when the Dodgers added three insurance runs in the 9th.
Rafael Montero struggled tonight. Over 4.1 innings, he allowed seven hits, five earned runs, four walks and four strike outs.
He was hanging his curve a bit too much and his change-up was nowhere to be seen throughout his start. Montero needs to take this start and learn from it. This is only his second career start so there is no need to panic.
Curtis Granderson had three hits in a game for the first time this season.
David Wright is getting into that phase again where his swing becomes longer. The biggest reason for this is Wright’s tendency to try to do it all and spark the offense. Like he has always done, at some point Wright will snap this funk and just do what he knows how to do.
To add to that, Daniel Murphy had a rough night at the plate and couldn’t seem to get anything going.
The official time of game was four hours and eight minutes, just a minute shy of the Mets record for the longest nine inning game in franchise history. It seems as though the Mets have played a ton of long games this season.
The Mets continue their series with the Dodgers tomorrow night with Jacob deGrom making his second start of his career against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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