June 1, 2008: Five Runs in 3rd Lead Mets Past Dodgers

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Date: June 1, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Church
Key play: Wright’s RBI singles, Beltran’s home run, Church’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. A five-run third inning lifted the Mets to a 6-1 win over Los Angeles.

Juan Pierre hit a double against Mets’ starter Johan Santana to lead off the top of the first inning. Matt Kemp singled to drive home Pierre for the first run of the game. Jeff Kent took a called third strike. With James Loney at bat, Kemp was caught by Santana’s pickoff attempt and out on a throw by first baseman Carlos Delgado to shortstop Jose Reyes. Santana struck out Loney to end the inning. Reyes singled and stole second base to begin the bottom half. Luis Castillo flied out to center fielder Kemp. A single by David Wright brought home Reyes to tie the game at 1-1. Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda then retired the next two Mets batters for the inning’s final outs.

Following a scoreless second inning, Santana shut down the Dodgers in the top of the third. Reyes doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Jose moved to third on Castillo’s ground out to second baseman Kent. Wright hit a single to score Reyes and put the Mets ahead. Carlos Beltran hit a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Delgado drew a walk and Ryan Church homered for two more New York runs. Brian Schneider hit a double and Endy Chavez was given an intentional walk. Hong-Chih Kuo then replaced Kuroda on the mound for Los Angeles and retired Santana on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Loney.

Santana and Kuo each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Pierre drew a two-out walk in the top of the eighth. Kemp singled to center field and Mets’ reliever Joe Smith hit Kent with a pitch to load the bases. Scott Schoeneweis came in to pitch for New York and got Loney on a force play grounder to Reyes for the third out of the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Cory Wade then hurled a perfect bottom half.

For the Mets, Pedro Feliciano retired Russell Martin on a pop-up to Delgado to open the top of the ninth inning. Delwyn Young grounded out back to Feliciano. Pedro then got Blake DeWitt to fly out to left fielder Chavez and end the game. The Mets had a victory to finish off the series.