LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 4: Starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to throw a pitch against the New York Mets on July 4, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Dodgers Start Strong, But Fall To Mets In Opener

The Dodgers are 6-13 in their last 19 games.

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Sixth-Inning Rally Lifts Mets Over Dodgers, 5-2

Rubby De La Rosa lasted seven innings for the second straight start for the Dodgers, but a three-run sixth inning put the Mets up for good, propelling New York to a 5-2 win over the Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. De La Rosa was cruising through five innings, allowing no hits and throwing just 51 pitches. However, the Mets turned it on in the top of the sixth inning.

After a single by Ruben Tejada -- subbing for the injured Jose Reyes -- ended the no-hitter, the Mets got three RBI doubles, all down the right field line, to take a 3-2 lead. The Mets tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning off relievers Scott Elbert and Matt Guerrier to finish the scoring. Still De La Rosa pitched a scoreless seventh inning, his second straight start lasting that long.

"I think he handled himself fine," manager Don Mattingly said of De La Rosa, after the game. "Rubby really is pretty solid, as far as handling himself. The way he bounced back the next inning really shows what kind of kid he is."

James Loney, hitting just .179/.194/.222 against left-handed pitching entering the game tonight, drove in both Dodgers runs with a pair of RBI singles off southpaw Chris Capuano. Capuano pitched six innings for his eighth win of the season. Tonight was the Dodgers' second sellout of the season, after opening day, and for once the announced (paid) crowd was close to matching the actual crowd at Dodger Stadium.

For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Option Dee Gordon, Promote Eugenio Velez

Before the opener of their four-game series with the Mets, the Dodgers optioned speedy shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple A Albuquerque, and promoted Eugenio Velez from Triple A to take his roster spot. The Gordon move was expected to happen Sunday in Anaheim, when Rafael Furcal was activated from the disabled list, but Casey Blake's neck problems worsened so the club decided to place Blake on the DL to make room for Furcal. With Furcal back at shortstop, Gordon would be mostly on the bench with the Dodgers, and the organization wants Gordon to play everyday to continue his development.

General manager Ned Colletti praised Gordon's work ethic, and was impressed with Gordon's performance even though his advancement was accelerated. "He was able to slow it down more times than not," Colletti said. "He's got a great mind to him, and the desire to really become a great player." Gordon hit .232/.250/.280 in 22 games with eight stolen bases in 11 attempts. Gordon said his favorite game so far was last Friday in Anaheim when he stole second, third, and home in the seventh inning (though he wasn't credited with a steal of third).

Velez, 29, was signed to a minor league deal on December 14, 2010. He injured his ankle near the end of spring training, an injury from which Velez said took him about a month and a half to recover. Velez hit .339/.371/.463 in Triple A, and played second base, third base, left field, and right field for the Isotopes. Both Colletti and manager Don Mattingly said Velez would play all over, both the infield and outfield, as needed.

Tonight's 6:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Mets: Monday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers open up a four-game series against the New York Mets Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Rubby De La Rosa gets the Fourth of July start for the Dodgers, facing Chris Capuano of the Mets. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Mets (42-42)

Pagan CF
Turner 2B
Beltran RF
Murphy 3B
Bay LF
Duda 1B
Paulino C
Tejada SS
Capuano P

Dodgers (37-48)

Gwynn LF
Furcal SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Miles 2B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
De la Rosa P

The Dodgers lost two of three games to the Mets at Citi Field earlier this season. The Dodgers have won their series against the Mets in Los Angeles in each of the last three seasons, including taking three of four at Dodger Stadium in 2010. The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Mets.

Tonight's 6:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Send Rubby De La Rosa To Mound To Open Series Against Mets

The Dodgers have hit the low point of their season at 11 games under .500, but look to head into the All-Star break on a high note as they open a seven-game homestand Monday night against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have lost three straight series and five of their last six series, and are 6-12 in their last 18 games. Rubby De La Rosa starts for the Dodgers in the series opener, against Chris Capuano of the Mets.

De La Rosa is coming off the best start of his young career, as he allowed one run in seven innings in Minnesota on Wednesday. Unfortunately for De La Rosa, however, he was saddled with the loss as the Dodgers couldn't score, falling to the Twins 1-0. The Dodgers scored 15 runs Monday in Minnesota in their most lopsided shutout win in 42 years, but scored just 11 runs in the five games since.

De La Rosa was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but Ted Lilly was pushed back a day to Tuesday with elbow tenderness. With last Thursday's off day, De La Rosa is pitching today on regular rest. The Dodgers lost two of three to the Mets in New York earlier this season.

Capuano is 7-7 with a 4.27 ERA on the season and has won four of his last five starts. In 49 innings at home in Citi Field this season, Capuano has allowed just three home runs, but in 41 2/3 innings on the road he has given up 10 long balls. In his career against the Dodgers, Capuano is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games (eight starts).

Tonight's 6:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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