Mets 5, Dodgers 2
The New York Mets don’t want to rush All-Star shortstop Jose
Reyes back from a hamstring injury. The way his teammates are
filling in, Reyes may get all the time he needs for a thorough
Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy had RBI doubles in
the sixth inning after the Mets were held hitless through five by
Rubby De La Rosa, and they went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers
5-2 on Monday night.
”That’s the only way we’ve played,” Mets manager Terry Collins
said. ”Guys have just stepped up.”
Chris Capuano (8-7) allowed six hits and two runs in six
innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked two in winning
his third decision in a row.
”I didn’t feel like I really had my best stuff out there, so it
was kind of a grind,” he said. ”I’d been feeling like I was in a
pretty good groove up until probably my last start and this start.
Sometimes you get a little off with your mechanics and you just
have to try to find what’s working that day and try to go with
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth to earn his 21st save in
Collins said he’s willing to play with a 24-man roster for a few
days while Reyes recovers from a strained left hamstring rather
than immediately placing him on the disabled list, ensuring he
would be out 15 days. Reyes plans to run before Tuesday’s game and
if he feels no pain, he may play, although the Mets might hold him
out another day or two as a precaution.
Reyes left Saturday’s game against the Yankees after feeling
tightness while running to first base in the first inning. The Mets
have won their last two games without him.
De La Rosa (3-4) gave up five hits and three runs over seven
innings in his sixth career start, struck out five and walked a
season-low one while losing his fourth straight outing. One of his
victories came in relief.
”We were attacking early with De La Rosa and weren’t getting
very good pitches to hit,” Collins said. ”Cripes, we didn’t build
his pitch count up at all.”
Ruben Tejada singled to open the sixth for the Mets’ first hit.
He was 2 for 4 with a run scored filling in at shortstop for
”I didn’t lose my concentration or my focus after the first
hit,” De La Rosa said. ”I was pitching the same. Everything was
working for me. I thought I was attacking the zone aggressively,
but in the sixth I was behind a lot in the count.”
Pagan was 2 for 5 with two runs scored while hitting in Reyes’
leadoff position. His RBI double snapped an 0-for-11 slide and
keyed the Mets’ comeback in the sixth.
”De La Rosa was pitching really well,” Pagan said. ”We were
chasing some of his pitches close to the plate, but we were able to
make the adjustment and win the ballgame.”
Pagan prefers to hit lower in the lineup, but he’s filled in for
Reyes leading off before.
”Last year I did really good with men in scoring position. I
told Terry, based on the numbers, I’d rather be in the middle of
the lineup,” Pagan said. ”But leading off is something I’ve done
pretty much my whole minor league career and three years in the big
leagues. It’s nothing new for me. I can do it. I told Terry
whenever they need me to do it, I’ll do it.”
After Capuano sacrificed Tejada to second, he scored on Pagan’s
RBI double to right field. The Mets tied the game at 2 on Beltran’s
double to right with two outs.
Murphy followed with a double to right, scoring Beltran and
giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. They added two runs in the eighth on
RBI singles by Jason Bay and Lucas Duda.
Bay hit the auxiliary scoreboard in left field while catching a
ball hit to the warning track by Aaron Miles in the seventh,
bringing back memories from a year ago when Bay crashed into the
left-field fence at Dodger Stadium and sustained a season-ending
After doing what he described as a ”system check” on himself,
Bay said he smiled at the thought of what a good story it would
make later for writers covering the game. He said kneepads he was
wearing absorbed some of the blow.
The Dodgers’ runs came on RBI singles by James Loney in the
second and fourth that scored Matt Kemp both times.
”Just made a couple poor finishing pitches,” Capuano said.
”We had a good game plan, I just didn’t execute that game plan
late in the count.”
Andre Ethier was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and didn’t hit a ball
out of the infield, while Kemp was 1 for 2 with two walks, one
intentional, for the last-place Dodgers, who dropped their third in
a row and fifth in their last six. They fell a season-worst 12
games below .500.
NOTES: The Dodgers purchased the contract of INF-OF Eugenio
Velez and optioned SS Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. … In 16
starts, Capuano has yet to allow a run in the first inning, the
only major league pitcher with a minimum of five starts to do so.
… The Mets improved to 13-15 on the road on July 4.