The Dodgers got the better of the Mets in both home runs and runs, and Hyun-jin Ryu continued his road supremacy, giving Los Angeles a second win over New York in as many nights, 4-3 at Citi Field. The Dodgers have beaten the Mets six straight times and have 11 wins in their last 12 meetings.
It was the second game this season the Dodgers were held without a single. They are 2-0 on those contests.
Adrian Gonzalez blasted a high fastball from Mets starter Jacob deGrom into the upper deck in right field for a 1-0 lead. It was the 12th home run of the season for Gonzalez, in his 46th game. Gonzalez hit his 12th home run in his 80th game in 2013.
Wednesday was also the third straight game with a home run for Gonzalez, his third streak of at least three straight games with a home run this season. In his first 15 games of May Gonzalez was 9-for-58 (.155) with one home run and one double. In his last four games he is 9-for-16 (.563) with three home runs and a double.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez followed with back-to-back solo shots in the sixth inning, both to left field, for a 3-0 lead.
For Puig, it extended his streak to 22 straight games reaching base, hitting .398/.495/.750 with eight home runs and 27 RBI during that span.
For Ramirez, it was his second home run in three games, his third straight game with a run batted in, and extended his hitting streak to five games. Ramirez has a 10-game road hitting streak, hitting .279 (12-for-43) with three home runs during that span.
Ryu appeared headed for his fifth straight road scoreless start, especially after a double play gave him two outs in the sixth inning. But after a bloop single by Curtis Granderson, somebody named Eric Campbell hit a ball into the left field stands for his first major league home run.
Not only did that cut the Dodgers lead to 3-2, but it snapped Ryu's road scoreless streak at 33 innings. But that was all Ryu would allow in his six innings of work, striking out a season-high nine on the night.
Ryu came into the game with a 3.00 ERA and left with a 3.00 ERA. Destiny.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 22, 2014
It is true for both Ryu's season and his career.
Brandon League brought in a scoreless streak of his own into a new role in the seventh inning in relief of Ryu. League before Wednesday didn't allow a run in his last 11⅓ innings and seven appearances, and didn't allow an earned run in his last 20⅓ innings and 13 appearances.
But with a lead of only 3-2, it was the first time all season that League entered a game with a lead under five runs, though he did pitch in a pair of tie games in extra innings. In his new higher leverage role, League did allow a pair of hits, including a two-out double by David Wright just out of reach of Puig in right field. But with runners on second and third base, the ground ball specialist League got his ground ball, to third baseman Justin Turner for the final out of the inning, with the lead preserved.
The Dodgers added an all-important insurance run in the eighth inning, thanks in part to a botched double play ball hit back to the box, but second baseman Daniel Murphy and shortstop Wilmer Flores couldn't decide which one was covering second base. By the time they got the lead out, there was no time to turn two, and Chone Figgins scored from third base. Figgins was on base thanks to a lead-off pinch-hit double. He leads the Dodgers with 19 pinch-hit appearances this season and has a .474 on-base percentage in that role, with a .444 OBP overall on the season.
Brian Wilson pitched on back-to-back nights for just the third time this season, and pitched a scoreless eighth, his third straight scoreless appearance.
Juan Lagares tripled off Kenley Jansen and scored in the ninth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate for New York, but Jansen recovered for his 13th save of the season.
The Dodgers for for a sweep on Thursday night, with Zack Greinke on the hill for the finale. The Mets counter with left-hander Jon Niese.
Home runs: Adrian Gonzalez (12), Yasiel Puig (10), Hanley Ramirez (7); Eric Campbell (1)
WP - Hyun-jin Ryu (4-2): 6 IP, 9 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts
LP - Jacob deGrom (0-2): 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (13): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout