The inevitable finally happened on Sunday, with Zack Greinke allowing a run. Two of them, in fact. But in the end if was old friend Juan Uribe twisting the dagger with a walk-off single off the center field wall against Kenley Jansen to lift the Mets over the Dodgers 3-2 in 10 innings in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field in New York.
Uribe, who was traded to New York on Friday night, drove in the winning run to beat the Dodgers in three of their seven games this week, also helping Atlanta to wins on Monday and Tuesday.
On Sunday, Curtis Granderson doubled to open the 10th inning against Juan Nicasio, catching Andre Ethier off guard in right field on what probably should have been a single. Then, out out later Jansen was brought in to face Uribe.
It marred what was a stunning comeback for the Dodgers in the ninth.
Down 2-0, the Dodgers got doubles from Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner with one out in the ninth inning to pull within a run, then got an RBI single from Yasmani Grandal to tie the game against Mets closer Jeurys Familia.
The Dodgers threatened in the 10th with a Jimmy Rollins walk and steal of second base with nobody out. But manager Don Mattingly had Scott Van Slyke bunt, on a 3-1 count. Van Slyke got the bunt down for his second career sacrifice, but Joc Pederson struck out and Howie Kendrick flew out to end the threat.
The Mets didn't score until the third inning, when Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Kevin Plawecki followed with a single to center field, and when Pederson booted the ground ball Nieuwenhuis advanced to third base, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. A ground ball by deGrom to first base brought a throw home by Gonzalez, but it was too late. The streak was over.
Greinke's scoreless streak ended at 45⅔ innings.
The last run he allowed was on June 13, a home run by Justin Upton in San Diego. It took 162 batters faced before Greinke allowed his next run.
Instead of a sublime start from Greinke, the Dodgers on Sunday instead got a very good start. Greinke's wasn't at his sharpest, as he hit rookie Michael Conforto with the bases loaded in the sixth for the Mets' second run, and Greinke walked pitcher Jacob deGrom in the seventh.
But the end result was two runs allowed on four hits in seven innings, with three walks and three strikeouts, a line that far more often than not results in a win.
Just not on Sunday for Greinke.
deGrom allowed just two singles, one by Greinke in the third inning and another by Ethier in the fifth. He walked only two, Gonzalez in the seventh and Rollins in the eighth. But none were cashed in, thanks in part to deGrom's eight strikeouts in his 7⅔ scoreless innings.
This was the ninth time the Dodgers scored two or fewer runs in Greinke's last 13 starts, and the fourth time this season he left the game with a zero on the Dodgers' side of the scoreboard.
Here's how good Greinke has been this season: Sunday was only the fifth time in 20 starts this season that he allowed more than one run.
The Dodgers head home after a 5-5 trip, one that had a much more promising outlook on Friday night.
The Dodgers fly home Sunday night and are off Monday before hosting the Athletics for two games. Brett Anderson starts the series opener on Tuesday, with Sonny Gray pitching for Oakland.
Home runs: none
WP - Jenrry Mejia (1-0): 1 IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Juan Nicasio (1-3): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts