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Reeling Dodgers drop second straight game to Mets 6-4 – NBC Los Angeles

Starling Marte hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth and first baseman Pete Alonso made a spectacular rally-killing play in the bottom half of the inning for the New York Mets, who defeated the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Saturday . to extend their winning streak to six games.

The Mets won their fifth straight series, going 12-3 after an 0-5 start.

“It’s the energy that stands out. It’s the energy and the way we play for each other,” Marte said through an interpreter. “We all support each other, have each other’s backs and we play really good baseball.”

The Dodgers’ struggles at the plate continued, losing for the seventh time in nine games. They went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13. They have lost three consecutive series at home for the first time since June, and three consecutive series at home for the first time since August 2018.

The Mets won despite issuing 10 walks, the most since August 15. They hadn’t walked 10 in a win since May 13, 2014, in a 12-7 victory at the New York Yankees.

Reed Garrett struck out and jumped off the mound in celebration after making his first Major League save after making 39 in the minors and two in Japan. He earned the victory in Friday night’s 9-4 win, throwing 33 pitches.

“It’s unbelievable,” Garrett, 31, said. “It was one of those things where it accelerated me a little bit. It’s a loud atmosphere. The adrenaline is slightly higher than normal. So today I just did my best to slow it down and execute my pitches.

Michael Tonkin (1-2) earned the victory three days after the Mets claimed him off waivers from Minnesota, which acquired him from New York in an April 9 trade.

The Dodgers had tied the game 2-2 in the fifth when Max Muncy’s sacrifice fly brought in Shohei Ohtani.

But the Mets took advantage of the mistakes of two relievers and took a 5-2 lead on Marte’s 400-foot shot that landed on a screen extending from the batter’s eye beyond the center-field fence. It was Marte’s fourth, which came on Ryan Brasier’s second pitch.

“I just see it right and I hit him,” Marte said. “I know I was facing a really good pitcher at that time and he has good pitches and when you see one in the zone you take that kind of approach with Het.”

Manager Carlos Mendoza said Marte’s contributions have been “tremendous”. We all know that when he’s healthy, he’s a very good player. He’s been doing it a long time and here he is, you know, having success and quality at-bats. The most important thing is not only that he is healthy and feels good, but that he also has fun.”

Ryan Yarbrough (2-1) issued a walk to pinch-hitter Zack Short and then hit Brandon Nimmo with a pitch with one out to make way for Brasier. Marte’s home run was the third Brasier allowed in 10 games.

The Dodgers pulled within one run on Freddie Freeman’s two-run single in the sixth, but missed two more big scoring opportunities. Drew Smith retired Ohtani with the bases loaded right in front of Freeman. With the bases loaded again, Muncy grounded to Alonso, who fielded the ball to the edge of the outfield grass, sprinted in and dove to tag the bag for the third out.

“Pretty special play, especially in that situation there,” Mendoza said. “For him to not only knock it down, but to have the realization that he’s getting up and hitting first base. It was a huge win for us, from top to bottom. Defensively, pitching and offensively, I thought we did a great job.”

Francisco Lindor drove in two runs for the Mets, including a single in the eighth. Marte also hit an RBI single in the fourth.

Two Mets relievers walked bases loaded in the eighth before Edwin Díaz struck out Teoscar Hernández and Max Muncy.

The Dodgers chased Mets starter José Buttó in the fifth and then tied the score at 2 when Muncy’s sacrifice fly off Tonkin brought in Ohtani.

Los Angeles starter Gavin Stone lasted just 3 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs and four hits while walking five and striking out one.

Both starters struggled in a first inning that lasted 32 minutes, yet each allowed just one run.

Buttó walked two in the first inning and walked the bases with two outs in the second, before striking out Hernández.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Placed C Francisco Alvarez on the 10-day injured list with a torn ligament in his left thumb that requires surgery. Selected C Tomás Nido from Triple-A Syracuse. Designated LHP Kolton Ingram for assignment.

Dodgers: Placed RHP Kyle Hurt on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday. Recalled LHP Nick Ramirez from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

NEXT ONE

Mets RHP Adrian Houser (0-1, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to play Sunday’s series finale against Dodgers LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.81).