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Adrian Gonzalez continues RBI streak in Dodgers' Game 4 win

Since joining the Dodgers, Gonzalez is hitting .286/.333/.543 with 15 RBI in 18 postseason games.

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Adrian Gonzalez is closing in on a Dodgers record for consecutive postseason games with an RBI after knocking in the club's first run in Tuesday night's Game 4 win over the Mets.

The bloop single to center field scored Kike Hernandez for the Dodgers' first run of a three-run third inning, the only frame in which the Dodgers would score in Game 4.

Gonzalez also broke the seal in Game 1, driving in the Dodgers' only run in the eighth inning, then delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the fateful seventh inning of Game 2. Gonzalez also hit a solo home run against Bartolo Colon in Game 3.

All of his RBI hits in the series except for the home run came with two outs.

Tuesday's RBI single gave Gonzalez four straight postseason games with an RBI, tied for second-longest streak by a Dodger. The longest streak was a five-game run by Manny Ramirez in 2008, all in the National League Championship Series against Philadelphia.

For Gonzalez, it's by design.

"With Howie [Kendrick], [Justin Turner] and Gonzo, it's kind of always building around those guys," manager Don Mattingly said before Game 4. "So you're trying to build around who protects Adrian or who's giving you -- you know, you want to be able to protect him. So who's going to give you the best at-bats behind him, how can we get guys on base in front of him."

Gonzalez is 5-for-16 in the series, hitting .313/.353/.563, including 3-for-5 (.600) with a double with runners in scoring position.

He also scored a run on Tuesday night, scoring from first on Turner's double, the second time this season in eight instances Gonzalez scored from first base when a double was hit.

The RBI single for Gonzalez on Tuesday was his first RBI against a Mets starting pitcher in the series. He was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against both Jacob deGrom in Game 1 and Noah Syndergaard in Game 2.

New York will start deGrom in Game 5, so Gonzalez has a tall task ahead of him. So do the Dodgers.