It’s been a tough month of July for the Dodgers. Although they started the month with a win in Anaheim against the Angels, the Dodger offense has manged to score just seven runs in their last 5 contests, while going 0-5. In Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss, their run total was aided by a blown call by first base umpire Greg Gibson.
The Mets took a 4-1 lead in the 6th when Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda (6-10) bounced a wild pitch to allow Carlos Beltran to score from third. The rattled right-hander then gave up back-to-back singles and a double to Ruben Tejada, putting New York ahead to stay. Kuroda would go 6 innings, giving up 4 run on 8 hits, while striking out 2 and walking one.
The Dodgers made an attempt to get back in the game in the bottom of the 6th when Rafael Furcal opened the inning with a walk. Jamie Carroll and Andre Ethier followed with a pair of singles to score Furcal. Matt Kemp hit into what replays would confirm was a double play, but was ruled a fielders choice when Gibson ruled Kemp had beaten the throw to first. In what would have been the third out, Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice fly to score Carroll, bringing the Dodger within one.
But that would be all for the Dodger offense as the Met starter Jonathon Niese (8-7) and two relievers would hold the Dodger hitters to one hit over the last three innings.
The Dodgers will play one more against New York Thursday night when Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23 ERA) takes on Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47 ERA)