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New York Mets' Jason Bay watches his home run off New York Mets pitcher Ted Lilly in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)

New York Mets’ Jason Bay watches his home run off New York Mets pitcher Ted Lilly in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jason Bay homered twice and drove in four
runs, Carlos Beltran also went deep and Mike Pelfrey stranded seven
runners in scoring position through six gritty innings, leading the
New York Mets to a 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Tuesday night.

Pelfrey (5-7) scattered five hits and escaped bases-loaded jams
in the fourth and fifth. The right-hander, who came in having
beaten every NL team except the Dodgers, won on the road for the
first time since May 10 at Colorado, his only other victory away
from home this season in nine decisions.

Ted Lilly (5-9) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings
after getting an extra day’s rest because of a tender elbow. The
35-year-old left-hander is 0-4 with an 8.71 ERA over his last four
starts and has allowed a team-high 18 home runs. The loss put the
Dodgers 13 games under .500 (37-50) for the first time since
finishing the 2005 season 71-91.

First-time All-Star Matt Kemp helped quash a Dodgers rally with
his baserunning in the fifth after leading off the inning with a
single. One out later, Juan Uribe doubled toward the right-field
line and Kemp coasted into third. But when Beltran’s relay went to
second base instead of home, Kemp made a break for the plate and
was thrown out by shortstop Ruben Tejada, starting his third
straight game because of Jose Reyes’ sore left hamstring.

The Mets capitalized on their good fortune their next time up
and grabbed a 2-0 lead. Angel Pagan singled and was at third base
with two outs when Beltran drove his 13th homer into the pavilion
seats in left-center on the first pitch. The Mets have scored 162
runs with two outs, the second-most in the majors behind Boston’s
166.

It was the third straight game in which a Dodgers starting
pitcher took a shutout into the fifth inning and came away with a
loss. In Monday’s series opener, rookie right-hander Rubby De La
Rosa no-hit the Mets through five before giving up three
run-scoring doubles in the sixth and taking a 5-2 loss. On Sunday
in Anaheim, Chad Billingsley had a one-hitter and a 1-0 lead after
six before the Angels scored three in the seventh against him and
won 3-1.

Bay made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the sixth and broke the
game open in the eighth with his sixth of the season, a three-run
shot off Blake Hawksworth. It was his first multihomer game since
June 28, 2010, at Florida, when he went deep twice against Ricky
Nolasco.

Los Angeles stranded a runner at third base in the second, then
stranded two more in scoring position in the third. In the fifth,
the Dodgers loaded the bases again after Pelfrey retired the first
two batters. But Uribe lined out to center field, lowering the
team’s average in bases-loaded situations to .179 (14 for 78).

Mets reliever Pedro Beato added to the Dodgers’ collective
frustration in the seventh, slipping a called third strike past
Kemp after a two-out triple by Aaron Miles.

Beltran turned in the defensive gem of the game, robbing Rafael
Furcal of extra bases with a diving, backhanded catch in the alley.

The Mets’ three-time Gold Glove winner hasn’t been charged with
an error in 179 consecutive games since May 5, 2009, at Dodger
Stadium _ when he was playing center field and nearly collided with
Pagan in left-center on a flyball by Xavier Paul that fell between
them in the 11th inning of a 3-2 loss.

NOTES: It was the second time in Pelfrey’s last 13 starts that
he didn’t allow a home run. He hit Trent Oeltgen in the fourth and
Miles in the fifth _ both with two-strike pitches _ and Miles left
the game with a bruised right elbow. … Reyes didn’t do any
running on Tuesday, but took part in some baseball drills and took
batting practice from the right side. He also did some treadmill
work and rode a stationary bicycle. “It’s better than yesterday,
but it’s still not quite what it needs to be,” said Reyes, who has
a major league-best .354 average and is scheduled to start in next
Tuesday’s All-Star game. “I don’t want to push anything. We need
to see how it’s going to feel in the next few days and we’ll decide
what we’re going to do.” … Dodgers RHP Jon Garland, sidelined
since June 2 because of shoulder problems, is scheduled to undergo
season-ending exploratory surgery on Monday. The 12-year veteran is
1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine starts in his second stint with the
club. This ends his streak of nine straight seasons with
double-digit win totals. … Dodgers RF Andre Ethier didn’t play
because of a high temperature. … Kemp was chosen to participate
in the All-Star Home Run Derby. He has homered only twice in his
last 20 games and 67 at-bats. … The Mets signed 40-year-old RHP
Miguel Batista to a minor league deal and assigned the 17-year
veteran to Triple-A Buffalo. If the Mets add him to the 25-man
roster, they will become his 11th big league club. He was released
by St. Louis on June 22.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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