By: BETH HARRIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) Adrian Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly that capped a three-run sixth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Dodgers improved to 38-8 since June 22, the franchise’s best 46-game stretch in the modern era that began in 1900. The 1899 Brooklyn Superbas had 38 wins in several 46-game stretches between April and June of that year.
Gonzalez went 3 for 4 and drove in a run for the seventh straight game, the longest RBI streak on the team this season.
Ricky Nolasco (9-9) extended his winning streak to four. The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two, retiring 11 consecutive batters during one stretch.
Kenley Jansen got the final four outs to earn his 18th save in 21 chances.
Jenrry Mejia (1-2) gave up three runs, two earned, and six hits in six innings as the Mets’ two-game winning streak ended. The right-hander struck out four and walked none. He retired his first eight batters.
Ahead 2-0, Mejia allowed three straight singles to open the sixth, capped by Gonzalez’s RBI single over the head of leaping shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Center fielder Juan Lagares scooped up the ball and fired it to third, but it went off the glove of Wilmer Flores and into the Dodgers’ dugout as Gonzalez took third.
That allowed Mark Ellis to score from first behind Carl Crawford, tying the game 2-2.
Puig followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Gonzalez, making it 3-2.
Nick Punto homered for just the second time this season, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2 in the seventh.
New York had the tying runs on first and second in the eighth with two outs. Jansen came in and retired pinch-hitter Justin Turner on a called third strike.
The Dodgers got out of a jam in the seventh, when the Mets had runners on first and second with two outs. Daniel Murphy lined out to right, and Puig caught the ball over his shoulder while running toward the wall.
The Mets led 2-0 in the second on RBI singles by John Buck and Quintanilla after Nolasco gave up four consecutive singles to open the inning.
Notes: The Dodgers’ six-game winning streak ties their season high for the third time. … Nolasco has faced the Mets more than any other team in his career, with 26 games and 24 starts, and 139 2/3 innings pitched against them. … Mets LF Eric Young cartwheeled over the wall trying to catch a foul ball by Punto one swing before his homer.