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Justin Turner, Ian Thomas lead Dodgers over Mets

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Justin Turner continued his red-hot hitting, supporting a nearly spotless spot start by Ian Thomas in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field in New York.

Turner doubled twice and homered against his old team, driving in two runs. Turner has a six-game hitting streak, which includes one game he didn't even start, and in his last eight games is 16-for-31 (.516) with four doubles and two home runs.

Turner doubled home Howie Kendrick in the first inning, hit a solo home run to start the third inning, then doubled again in the fourth inning. It was his fourth three-hit game in the last two weeks. Since getting non-tendered by the Mets after the 2013 season, Turner has two home runs against his old team, both against Jonathon Niese.

The red-hot redhead tied his career high with three extra-base hits, set two other times, both earlier in 2015.

Turner also tied a career high with eight total bases, set three other times in his career.

The Dodgers scored one run in he first, two runs in the second, then three in the third for a quick 6-0 lead, allowing Thomas quite a bit of breathing room for his first major league start.

The left-handed Thomas kept the Mets at bay all night, not allowing a run until New York cashed in a bloop double to left field by Lucas Duda in the fifth. Thomas struck out five and walked none in his five innings, throwing 81 pitches, allowing one run on three hits for his first win as a Dodger.

Yasiel Puig added a two-run home run in the third inning, his second home run in his last three starts.

Kike Hernandez, pressed into starting duty in left field when Alex Guerrero was scratched in the hour before the game, had two hits.

Austin Barnes doubled in the fifth inning for his first major league extra-base hit.

Jimmy Rollins added an insurance run in the eighth with his second home run in as many nights. The home run was the 10th on the season for Rollins, giving the Dodgers seven players with double-digit home runs for the first time since 2008.

The only Dodgers teams with more players with 10 or more home runs are 2004 (nine players), 1979 (eight), 1961 (eight) and 1953 (eight).

Rollins has a three-game hitting streak, with three extra-base hits during that span.

The Dodgers have 122 home runs on the season, 18 more than any other National League team.

The Dodgers improved to 5-3 on their road trip with two games remaining, and moved to 14 games over .500 (56-42) for the first time all season.

Up next

The Dodgers will start new dad Zack Greinke one of the next two days, but we just don't know which day yet. So Saturday will either be Zach Lee or Greinke, while the Mets will start Matt Harvey in the third game of the four-game series, a 4:10 p.m. PT start on Saturday.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Justin Turner (13), Yasiel Puig (6), Jimmy Rollins (10)

WP - Ian Thomas (1-1): 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 5 strikeouts

LP - Jonathon Niese (5-9): 3 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout