May 7, 2011: Turner's Single in 8th Beats Dodgers

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Date: May 7, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Tim Byrdak
Key player(s): Justin Turner, Jason Pridie
Key play: Turner’s two-run single in 8th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night at Citi Field. After winning the previous night, the Mets looked to make it two in a row over Los Angeles. Justin Turner singled home two runs in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 4-2 victory.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning. Mets’ starter Dillon Gee (called on to fill in for an injured Chris Young) answered the challenge by retiring the next two batters. Los Angeles starter Jon Garland shut down the Mets in the bottom half. In the top of the second, the Dodgers again failed to score after loading the bases against Gee. Garland walked Ike Davis and gave up a double to Jason Pridie to begin the bottom of the inning. Josh Thole hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jay Gibbons that scored Davis and moved Pridie to third base. After Gee grounded out, Jose Reyes singled to bring home Pridie for the Mets’ second run. Reyes was then picked off first by Dodgers’ catcher Dioner Navarro to end the inning.

After a scoreless third, Navarro homered to lead off the top of the fourth. Jamey Carroll followed with a single and Gee recorded outs on the next three hitters. Garland held the Mets to a single by Pridie in a scoreless bottom half. The Dodgers had two runners on base with one out in the top of the fifth. Gee struck out Juan Uribe and got Navarro to line out to shortstop Reyes. For the Mets, David Wright hit a two-out double that was followed by a walk to Carlos Beltran in the bottom of the inning. Garland then got Jason Bay to hit into an inning-ending force play.

Carroll singled and went to second base on Garland’s sacrifice bunt to open the top of the sixth inning. A single by Aaron Miles scored Carroll to tie the game at 2-2. Mets’ reliever Michael O'Connor came in and threw a called third strike past James Loney. O’Connor followed up by retiring Andre Ethier on a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Garland then shut down the Mets despite Pridie’s third hit of the game in the bottom of the inning.

To begin the top of the seventh, Matt Kemp reached first base on an error by Murphy. Kemp stole second base and Mets’ reliever Ryota Igarashi set down the next two batters. Consecutive walks to Navarro and Carroll loaded the bases for Los Angeles. Igarashi got pinch-hitter Jerry Sands on a called third strike that ended the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Mike MacDougal pitched a scoreless bottom half. Tim Byrdak then held Los Angeles without a run in the top of the eighth inning.

MacDougal walked Bay to begin the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo retired Davis on a pop-up and mishandled Pridie’s bunt for an error. Matt Guerrier came in to pitch for the Dodgers and walked pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino to load the bases. Turner followed with a pinch-hit single that scored Bay and Pridie and put the Mets in front. Guerrier then got Reyes on a liner to Carroll on which Paulino was doubled up at second to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez got Tony Gwynn, Jr. to ground out to Reyes. He followed up with a strikeout of Uribe. Rodriguez then fanned Navarro to end the game. The Mets had their second straight triumph over the Dodgers.


  • Ethier went hitless in four at bats in the game to end his 30-game hitting streak.