Dodgers Defeat Mets for 10th Time in Last 11 Games

Howard Goldin

-Although the distance between the cities of New York and Los Angeles is 3,000 miles, the lengthy trip has become more enjoyable for the Dodgers in recent years as they have now won 10 of the last 11 games played by the two clubs. A very strong offensive showing by the Los Angeles Dodgers produced a 9-4 victory on Tuesday night.

It was definitely a hitting feast for the entire Dodger lineup. Every one of the starting nine including pitcher Josh Beckett reached base safely at least once. All got base hits except for catcher A. J. Ellis, who walked in the first. Five of the batters had multi-hit games. Eight players drove in runs.

The Dodger outfielders, as they have been all month, were a crucial factor in the victory. Up to game time, the Dodgers outfielders in 18 games in the month of May had combined for a .348 batting average, blasted 12 home runs and knocked in 42 runs. Those numbers improved after Tuesday night’s contest at Citi Field.

The sensational sophomore from Cuba, YasielPuig, reached base five times. In the first, he singled. He led off the fifth with a base on balls and scored on a two-run homer by first sacker Adrian Gonzalez. In the seventh, he doubled and scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez. Puig was hit by a pitch in the eighth. He drove in a run with a single in the ninth.

Left fielder Carl Crawford helped himself move forward to cross the plate with two stolen bases. He walked in the second inning, stole second and scored on a single by Beckett. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth, stole second and crossed the plate on a single by Juan Uribe. He led off the ninth with a single and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Andre Ethier, who entered the game in the sixth replacing Matt Kemp in center. Crawford crossed the plate due to his daring and effective slide at the plate.

Kemp began the game in center. He singled in the third and doubled in the fifth. He scored in the latter inning on a single by Crawford.

The outfielders reached base successfully 10 times, hit safely seven times, drove in three runs and scored seven. They were not alone, but the win would have not been achieved without their presence.

Although the first five runs were scored off the inexperienced Rafael Montero, making only his second start in the majors, Met relievers gave up four additional runs.

Jacob deGrom, also making his second start in the majors will face Hyun-Jin Ryu for Los Angeles in game two of the series on Wednesday evening.

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