Elian Herrera helped give the Dodgers something they hadn't had since Sunday, but it wasn't quite enough on Thursday.
After dropping three straight games without scoring a run in San Francisco, the Dodgers fell victim to a former Giant on Thursday night. Andres Torres doubled to short right field in the top of the fifth, scoring Mike Nickeas to break a tie and give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Dodgers, who have now lost five straight games.
With the loss, the Dodgers are now in second place in the National League West, relinquishing the top spot in the division that they held since April 11.
The fourth inning was one of firsts for both the Mets the Dodgers. In the top of the inning, David Wright hit his ninth home run of the season to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Wright went 2-for-3 with a walk and is now hitting .409 on the road this season, tops in the majors. But the Dodgers had an answer in the bottom of the fourth.
Dee Gordon doubled to lead off the inning, giving the Dodgers literally their best scoring chance since Sunday in Anaheim. Elian Herrera followed with his first career triple, over the head of a shallow Torres in center field, snapping the Dodgers' consecutive scoreless inning streak at 33 innings. It was the first run for the Dodgers since the sixth inning on Sunday in Anaheim.
Juan Rivera's single to center was the third consecutive hit for the Dodgers and scored Herrera from third to tie the score at 2-2.
The Dodgers put at least one runner on base from the fifth through the eighth innings but couldn't push across the tying run.
- James Loney went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is hitless in his last 22 at-bats.
- Herrera moved to shortstop in the top of the eighth when Dee Gordon, who made the last out of the bottom of the seventh inning, was removed in a double switch. It was the first major league game at shortstop for Herrera, who played four games at shortstop this year for Albuquerque and 34 games at the position last year. It is the sixth position Herrera has played this season, joining third base, second base, left field, center field, and right field.
Home Runs: David Wright (9)
WP -Chris Young (2-1): 6 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts
LP - Chris Capuano (9-3): 7 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 5 strikeouts
Sv - Bobby Parnell (1): 3 up, 3 down