Dodgers 5, Mets 3
LOS ANGELES (AP)—The doubles keep piling up for Luis Gonzalez.
Gonzalez entered one double behind Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, the Dodgers’ hitting coach. Gonzalez tied Murray in the fourth and passed him in the sixth, giving him 561 two-base hits—good for 19th on baseball’s career list.
“Eddie was great. I took a couple of photos with him for me to keep,” the 39-year-old Gonzalez said. “Eddie’s a Hall of Famer. It’s a nice accomplishment to have. (But) I just want to move on. It’s important to me to win championships.”
Loney, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, went to third when center fielder Carlos Beltran mishandled the ball for an error, but was tagged out by catcher Paul Lo Duca while trying to score on Tony Abreu’s suicide squeeze attempt.
Lo Duca tried to double up Abreu at first, but his throw was wild, and Abreu went all the way to third on the error. Pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit followed with an RBI single to complete the scoring.
“To be able to do what he’s done, just looking at the scoreboard and seeing the numbers he’s put up over the course of his career, I think he’s extremely underrated,” Mets third baseman David Wright said about Gonzalez. “I don’t think he gets the credit that he deserves for being as consistent as he has throughout his career.”
Randy Wolf (8-4) earned the victory, allowing nine hits and three runs in six innings. Wolf, who walked none and struck out three, moved into a tie with Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels for the most wins in the NL.
“It’s about the full season, not just the first 2 1/2 months,” said Wolf, who overcame a shaky start and a shot up the middle by Beltran in the fifth that hit him in the right foot and caromed away for an infield single.
“If it’s not falling off, I’m going to go,” Wolf said. “It didn’t feel great, but I was able to go.”
Takashi Saito, the fourth Los Angeles pitcher, worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances as the Dodgers won for just the second time in seven games. Wolf and three relievers teamed up to retire the final 12 New York batters.
The game was the first between the teams since the Mets swept the Dodgers in their best-of-five NL division series last October.
“We’re just not getting it done,” Lo Duca said after the Mets’ seventh loss in eight games. “We’re not getting big hits when we need to, and I’m at the top of the list. I mean, I’ve been horrible with guys in scoring position. We’re a good team and we know we’re going to get out of this, but we need to play better than we have—pitching, defense, everything.”
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Shawn Green and Wright, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Carlos Delgado doubled to start the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Gomez, making it 3-0.
The Dodgers tied the game in the fourth on RBI singles by Russell Martin and Andre Ethier and a run-scoring double by Gonzalez—their first three hits of the game. The three earned runs matched the total allowed by Hernandez in his previous five starts spanning 33 innings.
Hernandez gave up seven hits and five runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Green was activated from the disabled list before the game and went 2-for-4 against his former team. … Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra wasn’t in the lineup for the second straight game. Manager Grady Little said he told the slumping Garciaparra he wanted to give him a little break—two games, possibly three. … Mets LF Moises Alou, sidelined since May 12, had an MRI exam in New York that revealed inflammation and soreness in his left quadriceps. “Nothing’s better. I don’t think that he’s in a situation where he’s going to be back anytime soon,” manager Willie Randolph said. … Martin, the Dodgers’ catcher, had a tough first inning, when the Mets stole two bases and he had a throwing error and a passed ball. Martin also stole his 11th base in the game—one more than he had as a rookie last year.