July 5, 2011: Bay and Beltran Slug Dodgers

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Date: July 5, 2011
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, Mike Pelfrey
Key play: Bay’s & Beltran’s home runs

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Dodger Stadium. Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran combined for three homers and six runs batted in to lead the Mets to a 6-0 win.

Mike Pelfrey and the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly each started the game by pitching four innings of shutout ball. In the top of the fifth, Angel Pagan got a one-out single and stole second base. A ground out by Justin Turner advanced Pagan to third. Beltran followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Lilly retired Ronny Paulino on a fly ball to center fielder Matt Kemp for the third out. The Dodgers then loaded the bases (for the second straight inning), but failed to score against Pelfrey.

Bay hit a home run to lead off the top of the sixth. Lilly set down the next three batters and Pelfrey pitched a perfect bottom half. Dodgers’ reliever Hong-Chih Kuo retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. For New York, reliever Pedro Beato opened the bottom half with ground outs from Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Rafael Furcal. Jamey Carroll hit an ensuing triple to right field. Beato then struck out Kemp to end the inning.

Beltran got an infield single off Kuo to start the top of the eighth. Against Los Angeles reliever Blake Hawksworth, Paulino singled to move Beltran to second. Bay hit his second homer of the game for three more Met runs. Hawksworth retired the next three hitters and Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Kenley Jansen then set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.

Furcal singled off Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Carroll hit into a force play and later advanced to second on defensive indifference. Carrasco then struck out Kemp to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory with solid slugging from Bay and Beltran.