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Ethier's Bat, Kershaw's Arm, Lead Dodgers Over Mets

Clayton Kershaw kept the Mets output to a minimum, with a quality start only surrendering one run. This left it up to the Dodger offense to seal the deal, with Andre Ethier hitting a two run home run in the seventh to seal the deal. The Mets had some fireworks in the 9th off of interim closer Vicente Padilla, including Jose Reyes recording his 6th triple of the season and the third in his last three games. The Dodgers were able to hold on 4-2, after Padilla slammed the door on David Wright who represented the tying run; this was Padilla's second save of the season.

The Mets opening up the scoring register in the first inning, when Clayton Kershaw started out a bit shaky with two straight walks. Ronny Pauldino hit a line drive single inbetween Jerry Sands and Matt Kemp to drive in Justin Turner. The Mets would tally five more hits against Clayton Kershaw, but until the 7th were unable to string enough offense together to score any more runs. After a walk and a single, manager Don Mattingly pulled Kershaw for Kenley Jansen, who was able to get Jason Bay to fly out ending the inning.

The Dodgers were up 2-1 that point, after Kershaw came around to score in the third after being hit by a pitch and some solid baserunning by James Loney netted them a run in the fourth inning. Andre Ethier put the game out of reach for the Mets with a two run home run down the right field line that cleared the wall in right field easily. The home run was his fourth of the season, putting him two behind the Dodger leaders.

The Dodgers now travel to Pittsburgh for a three game series before coming back to Dodger Stadium to take on the Diamondbacks.