Dodgers 7, Mets 2

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NEW YORK -- Mark Ellis had a monster game Tuesday night with two homers, including the tie-breaking three-run blast in the seventh inning, and four hits as he led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-2 rout of the New York Mets in front of 21,135 at Citi Field.

Ellis singled in the first and third before tying the game with a solo homer to left in the fifth. His three-run homer in the seventh was a line drive down the left field line.

The two-homer game was the fourth of Ellis' career and his first since June 17, 2008, when he accomplished the feat for the Athletics against the Diamondbacks.

Coincidentally, Ellis' second homer on Tuesday came off Brandon Lyon -- the same pitcher who served up Ellis' second homer almost five years ago.

Ellis had a chance to equal his career high of five hits but struck out leading off the ninth.

Ellis' infield single in the third caromed off the right leg of Mets starter Jonathon Niese and knocked him out of the game. Niese looked in the air, believing the ball had bounced up, before hopping to home plate and sitting down in pain along the first base line.

Niese was immediately lifted and was clearly favoring the right leg as he hopped down the dugout steps. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a contusion.

Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers tied a career high with three hits, all singles, and catcher A.J. Ellis delivered a two-run double in the eighth. Matt Kemp added two hits.

Ronald Belisario earned the win for Los Angeles with a perfect sixth inning in relief of starter Clayton Kershaw, who struggled through a season-low five innings. Kershaw retired the first eight batters he faced but ended up allowing two runs on three hits and four walks -- the second straight start he's walked four batters -- with five strikeouts.

Daniel Murphy had two hits, including an RBI single, for the Mets while David Wright also had an RBI single.

Lyon took the loss for the Mets after allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning.

Niese labored before exiting after he was hit in the right leg by Ellis' comebacker. Niese walked the bases loaded in the second before Sellers singled to right field to bring home Adrian Gonzalez and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Niese escaped the jam by inducing Kershaw to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but he threw 44 pitches -- including just 22 strikes -- in the first two innings and finished with 54 pitches, just 28 for strikes.

Robert Carson relieved Niese and was greeted by a single from Matt Kemp to put runners at first and second, but he got Gonzalez to fly out before Jerry Hairston lined out to Ruben Tejada, who likely saved a run with a leaping grab.

Kershaw threw only 37 pitches in setting down the first eight batters before he lost his command in the third. Kershaw walked Carson -- who was batting for the first time as a big leaguer -- and Tejada before allowing consecutive RBI singles to Murphy and Wright. Kershaw then walked John Buck before inducing Marlon Byrd to hit into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

Carson retired seven in a row before surrendering Ellis' homer with two outs in the fifth.

NOTES: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Billingsley was diagnosed with the tear last year but opted to try and rehab the injury instead of immediately going under the knife. He was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this year before going on the disabled list Sunday. ... When Ted Lilly makes his season debut on Wednesday night, he'll become the eighth different starting pitcher used already this year by the Dodgers. "Most years you're probably going to need eight to 10 [starters]," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But you probably wouldn't think you'd need them in the first 20 days." ... Mattingly said shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb while playing in the World Baseball Classic in March, is on pace to return within the estimated six-to-eight week timetable. Ramirez is able to swing a bat but is still having some trouble throwing. ... The Mets recalled outfielder Juan Lagares from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the same affiliate. Lagares, whom the Mets signed as an amateur free agent in 2006, will be making his major league debut. He was hitting .346 with three homers and nine RBI in 17 games at Las Vegas. Nieuwenhuis was hitting .125 with an RBI in 16 at-bats for the Mets. ... Mets right-hander Shawn Marcum, who is recovering from nerve damage in his neck and shoulder, reported no problems Tuesday, a day after he threw five innings in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie. Marcum was expected to fly to New York Tuesday and is in line to make his Mets debut against the Phillies on Saturday. ... Tejada became the sixth different player to bat leadoff for the Mets in the first 18 games.
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