July 3, 2015: Ninth-Inning Run Beats Dodgers

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Date: July 3, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Hansel Robles
Key player(s): Wilmer Flores, Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki
Key play: Flores' RBI single, Plawecki's sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the ninth inning for a 2-1 win.

Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw pitched a scoreless top of the first. The Mets' Noah Syndergaard set down the side in order in the bottom half and Kershaw gave up just a single to Ruben Tejada in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier were retired on consecutive outfield fly balls and Yasmani Grandal drew a walk. Syndergaard then struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the inning.

Kershaw retired all three batters in the top of the third. Syndergaard hurled a perfect bottom half and John Mayberry doubled to open the top of the fourth. Mayberry advanced to third base on a wild pitch and Lucas Duda popped out to second baseman Howie Kendrick. Wilmer Flores hit a single to score Mayberry and tie the game at 1-1. Kevin Plawecki grounded to shortstop Rollins for a force play and Tejada singled. Kershaw fanned Syndergaard for the inning's third out. Noah then yielded only a double to Justin Turner in the bottom half.

Kershaw set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Syndergaard recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom of the inning and Kershaw struck out the side in a scoreless top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Kendrick reached on an error by Syndergaard. Kendrick stole second base and Turner drew a walk. Gonzalez was retired on a line drive to center fielder Juan Lagares. Syndergaard then struck out Puig to finish off the inning.

Kershaw retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Mets' reliever Hansel Robles gave up only a single to Ethier in the bottom half and the Dodgers' Pedro Baez pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Robles set down all three hitters in the bottom of the inning and Duda doubled against Los Angeles's Kenley Jansen to begin the top of the ninth. Flores reached on Jansen's error to advance Duda to third base. Plawecki followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Duda and put the Mets ahead by a run. Jansen then struck out both Tejada and pinch-hitter Darrell Ceciliani to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia threw a called third strike past Gonzalez to start the bottom of the ninth. Puig was retired on a fly ball to Lagares. Familia then got Ethier to line out to right fielder Curtis Granderson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.