Dodgers' Kershaw takes hill in finale vs. MetsJul 1, 2012 - 2:02 PM Los Angeles Dodgers will do tonight in the finale of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at Chavez Ravine.
Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw looks to pull the Dodgers from the grips of a seven-game losing streak Sunday and is due for a fine performance after going 0-1 in his last two starts and 1-3 in his previous four decisions.
Kershaw was beaten on the road by San Francisco his last time out in Tuesday's 2-0 loss, as he yielded both runs and eight hits in six innings to fall to 5-4 in 16 starts with a 2.74 earned run average. The left-hander hopes to push his 3-3 home mark over .500 tonight and stay unbeaten in his career against the Mets. He is 4-0 with a sparkling 1.39 ERA in five starts in this series.
Los Angeles, which is one game behind San Francisco for the NL West lead, saw starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi fall to 0-5 on the season in Saturday's 5-0 loss. He allowed all five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 frames for the Dodgers, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games and have been held scoreless six times over the stretch.
"It's really tough days right now (but) we know we're going to get out of this," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We have to put runs on the board. When you're not putting up runs you look bad. Right now it's a rough time."
The Dodgers have been held scoreless in 56 of their last 57 innings, and have dropped seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game slide from Aug. 22-29, 2008. They are also playing without sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier because of injury.
LA is winless (0-3) so far on a seven-game homestand and is slated to host Cincinnati for three games at Dodger Stadium. It has dropped four straight series for the first time since last June.
Meanwhile, the Mets are on a roll and will shoot for a four-game sweep this evening. They have won four straight since losing four in a row and improved to 8-4 in the last 12 contests with Saturday's convincing win.
Mets starter Johan Santana gave up just three hits in eight innings for the victory and improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Dodgers. New York has posted 10 shutouts this season and won 9-0 on Friday. Its starters are 33-19 in 2012.
"I felt good. I threw my fastball inside and they were swinging right away," said Santana. "I threw some sliders and my changeup was good. I just tried to get ahead in the count. We continue to have fun and play good baseball."
Ike Davis hit a three-run homer and both Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole were credited with an RBI. New York is 4-2 on a seven-game road trip and will return to Citi Field tonight for a six-game homestand versus the Phillies and Cubs.
The Mets are now 2 1/2 games behind Washington for the NL East lead and 7-2 in the past nine road tilts.
Dillon Gee draws the start for the Mets this evening and he has lost three of his last four trips to the mound. In Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, Gee was reached for four runs and nine hits in five frames to fall to 5-6 in 15 starts to go along with a 4.42 earned run average.
Gee has faced Los Angeles twice in his career, going 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA. Opponents are batting .259 off the right-hander, who has given up at least two runs in each of his past six outings.
New York won five of seven meetings with the Dodgers last season.
- NEW YORK: 3
LOS ANGELES: 8
Jul 1 11:07 PM
- James Loney doubled to right scored Juan Rivera. Runner on second with two outs and Juan Uribe due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 8 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 1 10:41 PM
- Adam Kennedy sacrifice fly to left scored Bobby Abreu. Runner on first with two outs and James Loney due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 7 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 1 10:39 PM
- Juan Rivera grounded into a fielder's choice to the pitcher. On the play, Mike Nickeas's fielding error scored Dee Gordon and A.J. Ellis. Bobby Abreu advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Adam Kennedy due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 6 Bot 7, 1 OutJul 1 10:39 PM
- James Loney grounded out second to first scored Juan Rivera. On the play, Adam Kennedy advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Juan Uribe due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 4 Bot 6, 1 OutJul 1 10:06 PM
- A.J. Ellis sacrifice fly to center scored Tony Gwynn Jr.. Runner on first with two outs and Bobby Abreu due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 1 9:45 PM
- Dee Gordon reached first on Justin Turner's fielding error scored Juan Uribe. On the play, Tony Gwynn Jr. advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and A.J. Ellis due up. NOTE: Credit Gordon with an RBI>
Mets 3, Dodgers 2 Bot 5, 1 OutJul 1 9:44 PM
- Scott Hairston reached first on Dee Gordon's throwing error scored David Wright. Runner on first with two outs and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 3, Dodgers 1 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 1 8:54 PM
- David Wright grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short. Ruben Tejada out at second. On the play, Dee Gordon's throwing error scored Dillon Gee. Wright advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Scott Hairston due up.
Mets 2, Dodgers 1 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 1 8:51 PM
- Juan Rivera doubled to right scored A.J. Ellis. Runner on second with two outs and Adam Kennedy due up.
Mets 1, Dodgers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsJul 1 8:28 PM
- Scott Hairston singled to left center scored Ruben Tejada. On the play, Hairston was thrown out trying to advance to second, David Wright advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 1, Dodgers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 1 8:17 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 1 8:07 PM
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