Home cooking is overrated – just ask the Mets who continue to dominate on the road and now boast the most road wins in the National League with a 26-20 mark. Remarkably, the Mets won their fourth straight game last night with a convincing 5-3 win over the Dodgers.
Jonathon Niese (8-7) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings, improving to 8-4 over his last 14 starts. Niese walked one and struck out six batters. The left-hander has won a career-best four straight outings on the road. Just call him Mad Max.
The Bullpen rose to the occasion once again as fire-baller Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect eighth inning and closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up three outs in the ninth for for his 22nd save in 25 chances. K-rod is now ten saves away from 300 for his career.
By the way, Rodriguez has been the subject of trade rumors and with trade deadline closing in, the question becomes, will he get save No. 300 in a Mets uniform? Manager Terry Collins said yes without any hesitation. “I have no reason to doubt that he’d get it anyplace else.”
Infield prospect Ruben Tejada, who is filling in for the injured Jose Reyes, started at shortstop and doubled home two runs, while Carlos Beltran doubled twice and scored twice to help power the Mets offense against Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda. Beltran now has a major league best 26 doubles this season.
Lucas Duda and Josh Thole both had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while Jason Bay snapped his hitting streak and went 0-4 at the plate.
The Mets are now 3 games over .500, their high-water mark of this season. Carlos Beltran likes what he sees from the kids who have the task of carrying the load for Wright, Reyes and Davis: “They’re having fun,” Beltran said. “I’m having fun. We’re winning. When you win, of course, that makes things better for everybody.”
My thanks to Tron for giving me the perfect closing to my recap… Now on to other matters…
Odd Ball (Instead of Game Ball)
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Dodgers capitalized on a blown call by first base umpire Greg Gibson who called Andre Ethier safe at first base after he hit into what appeared to be a tailor-made double-play grounder to Tejada. Jon Niese flipped out after the blown call and replays showed Ethier was out by a stride – it wasn’t even close. Terrible job by Gibson as the umpiring in major league baseball continues to get worse and worse.
Did You Know?
The Mets have scored 166 runs with two outs this season. That is the second best mark in the majors, trailing only the Boston Red Sox who have 170.
Justin Turner, who failed to make the team out of spring training, has now reached base in 28 straight games, a new Mets rookie record!
The Mets are 26-21 since 3B David Wright went on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back, and 4-0 since Reyes strained his left hamstring.
Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47 ERA) faces off against Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23 ERA) in the series finale tonight as the Mets look to complete the four game sweep. Game time is 10:10 PM.