The Los Angeles Dodgers returned home on Thursday, hoping for some better results. But the New York Mets proved to be rude guests, taking the opener of a four-game weekend series 3-2 at Dodger Stadium. The loss was the fifth straight for the Dodgers, who are now in second place in the National League West for the first time since April 11.
The Dodgers have lost nine of their last 10 games, though they did at least score on Thursday night. The Dodgers were held scoreless in three games in San Francisco and extended their streak to 33 straight scoreless innings before scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
Elian Herrera snapped an 0-for-19 skid with an RBI triple to score the first run, then he scored on an RBI single by Juan Rivera, who had two hits in the game. Unfortunately for the Dodgers that was all the damage they would inflict upon Chris Young, who won his second game of the season for the Mets by pitching into the seventh inning.
Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season for New York.
Chris Capuano pitched seven innings for the Dodgers and allowed three runs, suffering his third loss of the season. He has the only win for the Dodgers in their last 10 games.
"I knew it was going to be a tough night, but as tough as it was I felt we were going to break through at some point," he said.
It doesn't get any easier for the Dodgers on Friday night, as they have to face R.A. Dickey, he of the 11 wins and the shiny 2.31 ERA. Aaron Harang gets the call for the Dodgers.