LOS ANGELES CA - JULY 24: (L-R) Blake DeWitt #33 Casey Blake #23 James Loney #7 Matt Kemp #27 and Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate Loney's game winning walk-off homerun in the 13th inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on July 24 2010 in Los Angeles California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 3-2 in 13 innings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Dodgers Win In 13 Innings On Loney's Walk-Off Home Run

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – James Loney hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 come from behind win over New York in the third meeting of a four-game set.

George Sherrill (1-1) tossed a scoreless top half of the frame to earn the win for the Dodgers, who used nine pitchers to win for a third time in their last four tries.

Oliver Perez (0-4), who worked out of a jam in the 12th, suffered the loss after yielding the decisive run in one inning of work for the Mets, who have lost eight of their last 10.


Kenley Jansen Electirifies In His Debut

Kenley Jansen, who was converted from catcher to pitcher almost exactly one year ago, made his major league debut today and did not disappoint. He entered for the Dodgers in a 2-2 tie against the Mets in the seventh inning, and retired the heart of the Mets lineup:

Angel Pagan took one fastball, then swung and missed at two more. David Wright struck out as well, and Carlos Beltran grounded to shortstop Rafael Furcal to end the inning.

Jansen threw almost all fastballs, ranging from 92 to 97 miles per hour, although his ball had quite a bit of movement as well. Jansen became the first Dodger pitcher to strike out the first two hitters of his career since Scott Elbert turned the trick on August 29, 2008.

The game is still tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the eighth.


Frustrated Ethier Gets The Day Off For Dodgers

Andre Ethier, with no hits in his last 14 at-bats and one hit in his last 24 at-bats, was given the day off today by manager Joe Torre. Torre noted that Ethier, who was an All-Star, has essentially had no time off recently, and that Ethier was simply struggling and frustrated of late. “He’s lost all his patience at the plate,” Torre said, but noted that Ethier has been working with coach Jeff Pentland in the batting cage everyday and that he is getting close to where he was before he went on the disabled list in May.

The club is currently carrying 13 pitchers, and when asked if someone might be called off from Triple A, Torre noted that nobody really stands out. He specifically mentioned Jay Gibbons and John Lindsey, although both have issues working against them. Lindsey, a right-handed hitter, can’t play the outfield, which limits his versatility. Gibbons was noted as the favorite if anyone were to get called up, as “all year he has been on fire,” near Torre. But, with limited 40-man roster space and three lefty outfielders already on the roster, Torre said it was a difficult balancing act.

Reed Johnson isn’t close to coming back from the disabled list. The club will want him to go on a rehabilitation assignment before activating him, but his back hasn’t improved to the point where any kind of timetable has been put in place.

The fifth starter spot, occupied today by Carlos Monasterios, is sitting there waiting for someone to seize it, Torre said. Torre said the club would like John Ely to emerge, but that he needs a few starts in Triple A before any decision would be made on him. When told that Ely was scratched last night after being struck by a ball in batting practice, Torre joked, “It’s pretty tough to hit him since he doesn’t stand still.”

Monasterios is on a pitch count today of 80-90 pitches. James McDonald is the designated long reliever should one be needed, although as Torre noted, “we have a lot of long men in the bullpen.” Everyone in the bullpen is available to pitch today if needed. Jonathan Broxton, who was in what Torre termed “a weakened condition” last night but available to close, is feeling much better today.

Aside from great pitching, the coolest thing about Hong-Chih Kuo is that whenever anyone with the team or any reporters talk about him, they almost invariably light up. Everyone roots for him, given as many surgeries he has endured and his effusive personality. His dry sense of humor was on display last week, as Torre recounted a tale that Kuo called his All-Star Game throwing error simply “a curve that didn’t break.”


Today's Dodgers-Mets Lineups: Andre Ethier Sits

Here are today’s lineups:

Reyes SS
Castillo 2B
Pagan RF
Wright 3B
Beltran CF
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Barajas C
Pelfrey P

Furcal SS
Paul RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
DeWitt 2B
Blake 3B
Anderson LF
Ausmus C
Monasterios P


Dodgers, Mets Go To Battle With A Pair Of Struggling Starters

(Sports Network) - Mike Pelfrey hopes to bounce back from the shortest start of his career this evening when the New York Mets continue their four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Pelfrey could not make it out of the second inning on Monday in Arizona, as the Diamondbacks hammered him for six runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 frames.

It was the third straight loss for Pelfrey, who fell to 10-5 on the year. He is now winless in his last four starts, and has failed to get out of the fifth inning in each of those outings, while surrendering 28 runs in 14 2/3 innings of those starts to balloon his earned run average from 2.71 to 4.01.

"I'm going through one of the worst stretches of my life. I don't know if I've ever had four starts in a row without getting out of the fifth inning," Pelfrey said. "I think tonight was definitely the shortest outing of my life, it's frustrating, I think I've gotten away from establishing the fastball, seems like I'm trying to establish three, four pitches at once, early in the game and that's not who I am. So I need to get back to using the fastball, establishing that to make the other pitches better."

It won't get any easier for the 26-year-old right-hander tonight, as he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers, who have hit him at a .341 clip.

New York managed a rare road win on Friday, as Johan Santana silenced the Dodgers for seven innings, and the Mets' offense awoke from a two-week slumber in a 6-1 victory at Chavez Ravine.

The Mets were held to four runs or less in each of their previous 13 games, but a balanced attack with the bats and Santana's arm helped the club to their second win in nine games since the All-Star break.

Santana (8-5) surrendered just one run on five hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts in the win. The left-hander has gone at least seven frames and given up one run or less in his last five outings.

Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Ike Davis hit a solo home run, and Jose Reyes doubled, walked, stole a base and scored two runs for the victors.

Vicente Padilla (4-3) took the look despite allowing a mere two runs -- one earned -- on six hits in seven innings for Los Angeles, which won the opener of this four-game series, 2-0, on Thursday.

"Padilla pitched sensational. We just couldn't get any offense going. Santana works fast and you don't get many opportunities against him," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We've been struggling offensively."

Los Angeles, meanwhile, will pin its hopes tonight on righty Carlos Monasterios, who will be making his seventh start of the season. Monasterios has been tremendous coming out of the bullpen for the Dodgers, pitching to a 1.75 ERA in 14 appearances. However, he has struggled in his six starts, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

In 25 2/3 innings as a reliever, Monasterios has a 1.75 ERA. In his last two starts, in June, Monasterios allowed 10 runs and 20 baserunners, including three home runs, in 6 2/3 innings. He was placed on the disabled list after his June 23 start in Boston with blisters on his fingers, blisters Monasterios himself said did not affect his performance. He will be making his first-ever start against the Mets, but he did throw two scoreless innings of relief against them back on April 27.

The Mets have lost 10 of 15 games in Hollywood since the 2007 season.

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