July 4, 2011: Doubles in 6th Lift Mets Over Dodgers

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Date: July 4, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ RBI doubles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected a trio of run-scoring doubles in the sixth inning and came away with a 5-2 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Dodgers’ starter Rubby De La Rosa retired the side in order in the top of the second. Matt Kemp doubled against the Mets’ Chris Capuano to begin the bottom half. Juan Uribe grounded out to second baseman Justin Turner and a strikeout of Aaron Miles followed. James Loney hit a single to drive home Kemp for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. A. J. Ellis singled and Capuano got De La Rosa on a ground ball to first baseman Lucas Duda to end the inning.

De La Rosa hurled a perfect top of the third. Capuano set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half and De La Rosa surrendered just a walk to Carlos Beltran in the top of the fourth. Kemp walked to open the bottom of the inning. Uribe singled to send Kemp to third base and Miles popped out to Duda. Loney singled to score Kemp and increase the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0. Ellis was struck out as Loney and Uribe advanced to second and third, respectively, on a double steal. Capuano then retired De La Rosa on a grounder to third baseman Daniel Murphy for the inning’s final out.

De La Rosa retired all three Mets batters in the top of the fifth. Capuano pitched a scoreless bottom half and a single by Ruben Tejada began the top of the sixth. Tejada moved to second base on Capuano’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Angel Pagan. Turner grounded out to third baseman Uribe and a double by Beltran scored Pagan to tie the game. Murphy followed with a double that plated Beltran and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Jason Bay went down on strikes to end the inning and Capuano set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half. De La Rosa yielded only a single to Tejada in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Pagan doubled against Los Angeles reliever Scott Elbert to lead off the top of the eighth. Turner was hit by a pitch and Beltran followed with a force play grounder to Uribe. Murphy was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. Bay singled off the Dodgers’ Matt Guerrier to score Pagan for a 4-2 Mets lead. Duda hit a single to bring home Beltran with the fifth New York run of the game. Guerrier retired Ronny Paulino on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Loney. Parnell then set down the Dodgers on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Guerrier pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Miles doubled against Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez to begin the bottom of the inning. Loney was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen grounded out to Duda. Rodriguez then struck out pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez to end the game. The Mets had a holiday victory to start the series.