Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jacob deGrom (6-6) started for the Mets after recently coming off the disabled list with a sore pitching shoulder. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound drink of water threw hard, as high as 97 miles per hour. But he gave up five earned runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two on 86 pitches.Leading 5-4, the Dodgers got two insurance runs in the seventh inning on an RBI infield single by Scott Van Slyke and sacrifice fly to right by Gonzalez, whose five RBIs tied a season-high.“I thought Zack was good tonight,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He was throwing the ball where he wanted. You know, Lagares looked like he hit a little changeup that came back to him, it seemed like. And then Duda got him for one, so I thought he was sharp, really. I thought his breaking ball was good.”It was just Lagares’ third home run of the season. For Duda, it was his 24th.Saturday’s performance was good enough. But Mattingly wants to see how Greinke feels when he shows up to the park today.“I think tomorrow’s a bigger day,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think we had any doubt that he was going to feel good tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow he wakes up, comes in here and feels good. And so I think that is probably going to tell us a little bit more than what tonight does.”Greinke, who had this start pushed back two days, said his slider was his best pitch and that it probably took him too long to realize that. He intimated he used that to strike out Wright with runners on first and third and two outs in the top of the seventh.“Just make good pitches, really,” he said of his approach there. “Because you try too hard to make him chase, he’s patient enough that he won’t really do that, so just try to make as good of pitches as possible.“He was having a little trouble with the slider today and just I guess didn’t want to make a mistake and luckily I didn’t throw any over the middle.”Greinke said that the extra two days helped him, but he noted that his elbow soreness was no big deal and that it didn’t bother him during the game. He also talked about the terrific 5-4-3 double play turned by Miguel Rojas, Dee Gordon and Gonzalez in the fifth to end that inning.The Mets had runners at the corners with one out. Wright hit one to Rojas, who threw to Gordon at second. Gordon was kind of off-balance when he threw to Gonzalez at first, so Gonzalez really had to stretch to try and keep his foot on the bag.“I mean, I think everyone realized it, but it was a great play. … Adrian made probably his most athletic play of the year. Saved a run, too, so it was huge.”To say Gonzalez stretched for the ball would be an understatement. He stretched, all right, all the way to the ground and once the play was completed, he was on his back.“I mean, I just reacted to the throw,” Gonzalez said. “I was trying to stay on the bag as long as I could and then when the ball landed in my glove I was on the bag, so it was good to get it done there. If I don’t stay on the bag, it scores a run. So it was big at the time.”So was Gonzalez’s three-run home run off deGrom.“First pitch curveball, second pitch fastball,” said Gonzalez, who has 18 home runs and 88 RBIs – both team highs. “I was just trying to cover his fastball, and I was able to.”deGrom was chagrined.“I felt good,” he said. “But a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to. The pitch to Gonzalez was up and away, and I was trying to go down and away.”The Dodgers will try to sweep the Mets when they send Kevin Correia (7-13) to the mound against Bartolo Colon (11-10). First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. By Robert [email protected] @RMoralesPT on TwitterSaturday was an important night for Zack Greinke. The Dodgers’ all-star right-hander had not been pitching as such his past three starts. Not that he’s been horrible, just not real good in losing two and getting a no-decision.Knowing that he has had a bit of a sore pitching elbow, and that he had not won a game since July 25, there might have been some anxiousness in the organization because Greinke will be counted on to be in the rotation once the playoffs arrive, assuming the Dodgers make them. Well, the reviews on Greinke were mixed as he gave up a three-run home run to Juan Lagares in the fourth inning and a home run to Lucas Duda in the sixth. But he gutted it out through seven innings and thanks in large part to five RBIs by Adrian Gonzalez ‑ three of them on a home run to give his team the lead for good in the fifth inning ‑ the Dodgers defeated the Mets 7-4 before 51,215 at Dodger Stadium. That pushed their attendance over the 3 million mark for the season. The Dodgers (74-57) have won three in a row and increased their lead in the NL West to 4 1/2 games over the Giants. The Mets (60-70) dropped 10 games under .500. Greinke (13-9) gave up four runs ‑ three earned ‑ on nine hits. He struck out four ‑ including Curtis Granderson and David Wright with a runner in scoring position in the seventh ‑ and walked one on 105 pitches. He picked up the victory.J.P. Howell got the first out of the eighth, and Brian Wilson the last two. But Wilson also gave up a single to Lagares and double to Matt den Dekker before getting Wilmer Flores to ground out to third.Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 37th save.
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