July 6, 2011: Five Doubles Down Dodgers

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Date: July 6, 2011
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Carlos Beltran, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Kuroda’s wild pitch, Mets’ five doubles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the third of four games in a series. The Mets collected five run-producing doubles in a 5-3 win.

Jonathon Niese and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Carlos Beltran doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay were retired on infield ground balls and Lucas Duda hit a double to score Beltran for a 1-0 Mets lead. Josh Thole was given an intentional walk and Kuroda got Ruben Tejada to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rafael Furcal that ended the inning. Jamey Carroll singled to begin the bottom half. Andre Ethier followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman Duda and advanced to third base on a single by Matt Kemp. Juan Uribe grounded out to second baseman Justin Turner to bring home Ethier with the tying run. Niese then retired James Loney on a fly ball to left fielder Bay for the inning’s final out.

Kuroda hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Niese set down the side in order in the bottom half and Beltran hit a double to open the top of the sixth. Murphy flied out to left fielder Eugenio Velez, who then made an error that allowed Beltran to advance to third base. Bay grounded out to second baseman Carroll and a wild pitch brought home Beltran with the go-ahead run. Duda and Thole hit back-to-back singles and came around to score on Tejada’s double for a 4-1 Mets lead. Kuroda then retired Niese on a ground ball to Furcal to close out the inning.

Furcal drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth. Carroll singled and Ethier hit a single to score Furcal. Kemp hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tejada to move Carroll to third base. Uribe followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Carroll and cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Kemp stole second and Loney grounded out to Turner to finish off the inning. Los Angeles reliever Scott Elbert yielded only a single to Angel Pagan in the top of the seventh. Niese then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Dodgers’ reliever Mike MacDougal hurled a perfect top of the eighth. The Mets’ Bobby Parnell retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Willie Harris doubled against Los Angeles’s Javy Guerra with one out in the top of the ninth. Pagan lined out to center fielder Kemp and a single by Turner plated Harris with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Guerra then retired Beltran on a ground ball to Carroll to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Kemp to begin the bottom of the ninth. Uribe singled and Loney grounded out to Turner. Velez then grounded back to Rodriguez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in which five doubles contributed to all of the team’s scoring.