Oliver Perez (2-2) returned from the disabled list and, despite 7 bases on balls, pitched well enough to keep the New York Mets in the game, and surprisingly enough the Mets out hit and out scored the Los Angeles Dodgers en route to a 5-4 victory.Â Perez threw 108 pitches over 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and those 7 walks.
When Perez was pinch hit for in the bottom of the 5th, he had a 5-3 lead.Â The Dodgers struck first (and they struck last) but they didn’t strike enough.Â In the 1st inning Mark Loretta singled to drive in Orlando Hudson and give the Dodgers the early 1-0 lead.Â In the bottom of the 2nd the Mets tied the score when an infield single by Luis Castillo (what other kind of hit does he get?) drove in Jeremy Reed.
In the 3rd inning, David Wright singled in Daniel Murphy (who had 2 doubles) to give the Mets the lead 2-1.Â It was their 1st lead since Thursday.Â Wright then scored on a Casey Blake fielding error, and later that inning Reed singled in Gary Sheffield to put the Mets up 4-1.Â The next inning the Dodgers cut it to 4-2 when Rafael Furcal singled in Matt Kemp.
In the 5th the Mets added an insurance run, which they needed, when Brian Schneider singled in Wright making it 5-2.Â The Dodgers cut it to 5-3 in the 8th off Sean Green when Furcal again drove in Kemp, this time on a ground out.
The 7th inning featured Murphy making an impossible defensive play.Â Loretta hit a sharp ground ball down the 1st base line which hit the bag and bounced high in the air a few feet toward 2nd base.Â Murphy ran to it and grabbed the ball at shin height, whipped it behind his back to Bobby Parnell who was covering the bag and on a “bang-bang” play Loretta was called out at 1B.Â Be sure to watch the late night sports highlight shows to get a look at the play.
In the 9th Met closer Francisco Rodriguez made it interesting, giving up a lead off home run to Manny Cheaterez to cut the lead to 5-4.Â KRod then walked Blake, and after striking out Loretta gave up a single to Russell Martin to put the tying run in scoring position before inducing Andre Ethier to ground into a game ending double play.
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