By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Clayton Kershaw scattered five hits over
eight innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers parlayed extra-base hits
by Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, Aaron Miles and Dioner Navarro into a
five-run sixth inning to beat the New York Mets 6-0 Thursday night
and snap a five-game losing skid.
The loss ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak and kept them
from sweeping the Dodgers for the first time in four games at
Kershaw (9-4) struck out nine and walked two in his last start
before the All-Star break. The left-hander, who will pitch in his
first All-Star game next week in Phoenix, came within one strikeout
of his fourth straight double-digit game, something that hadn’t
been done by a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo in1995.
Kershaw got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking
out Ronny Paulino to end the inning after getting a visit from
manager Don Mattingly.
The Mets loaded the bases again in the ninth against Kenley
Jansen before Hong-Chih Kuo got the final two outs.
Dillon Gee (8-3) gave up five hits and six runs – five earned –
struck out two and walked one to lose his second straight.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes went on the 15-day disabled list
Thursday with a strained left hamstring that will cause him to sit
out the All-Star game, although he will still attend. Manager Terry
Collins hopes Reyes can return by July 22, when the Mets open a
series at Florida.
After scoring just five runs in losing the first three games of
the series, the Dodgers went on a roll in the sixth inning, sending
nine men to the plate.
Tony Gwynn Jr. singled to lead off, stole second and continued
to third on a throwing error by catcher Paulino. After Jamey
Carroll grounded out, Andre Ethier walked. Gwynn and Ethier scored
on Kemp’s RBI double to left field.
Uribe’s ground-rule double scored Kemp before Miles’ RBI double
brought Uribe home. Navarro’s triple into the right field corner
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Miles’ sacrifice fly in the
second. Uribe was hit in the left elbow by a pitch with one out.
Gee knocked down James Loney’s comebacker, tried for the force at
second and made a throwing error that allowed Uribe to take third.
Uribe and the throw from left fielder Jason Bay got to the plate
at the same time and umpire Greg Gibson called Uribe safe, even
though the TV replays showed Paulino tagged Uribe’s right knee
before his leg touched the plate. Collins vehemently argued with
Gibson to no avail.
Gibson was involved in a blown call at first base on Wednesday
night. Ethier hit an opposite-field RBI single through the left
side and Kemp followed with what appeared to be a double-play
grounder to shortstop. But Gibson ruled Kemp beat the relay,
bringing Collins out of the dugout for a brief argument.
TV replays also showed Gibson got that one wrong. Carroll took
third on the fielder’s choice grounder and scored on Uribe’s
sacrifice fly _ which would have been the third out.
NOTES: Mets RF Carlos Beltran’s 11-game hitting streak ended
after he went 0 for 3. … Mets 2B Justin Turner failed to reach
base for the first time in 29 games. … The Mets fell to 11-3 in
Gee’s 14 starts this season. … The Dodgers honored Hall of Famer
Dick Williams with a moment of silence before the game. Williams,
who died Thursday at 82, broke into the major leagues with the
Brooklyn Dodgers. … Ethier teamed with his father Byron for the
first pitch, with Byron throwing and his son catching on Ethier’s
bobblehead night. The giveaway helped attract an announced crowd of
56,000, just the third sellout of the season.
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