Mets Roll Over Dodgers 5-1

D.L. Houlton didn't get much run support Saturday or for much of the season for that matter, and dropped a 5-1 game to the Mets. Houlton (4-6) gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings and the Dodgers managed only an RBI double by Olmedo Saenz in the way of offensive help. Defensively, they made four errors. The Dodgers have lost the last six times Houlton has taken the mound, even though he's turned in three quality starts over that span.

Houlton allowed home runs to Ramon Castro' and Gerald Williams in the second inning, then didn't allow another earned run the rest of his six-inning stint.

The Mets scored again in the fifth when Jose Reyes reached on the first of two Cesar Izturis fielding errors. He was caught in a rundown but was safe at second when Olmedo Saenz dropped a throw in a rundown and then scored on David Wright's single.

Phillips nailed just one of five potential basestealers. He was credited with a caught stealing on Reyes in the sixth, when a pitchout caught the Mets' leadoff man between first and second, but Saenz dropped the throw from Izturis. Opponents have stolen successfully against Phillips 86 times in 99 attempts this year.

The Mets scored their fourth run in the eighth, when Cliff Floyd led off with a double against Elmer Dessens and scored on a Victor Diaz (him again) sacrifice fly. The Dodgers' run came in the seventh, when Oscar Robles drew a walk and scored on Sanenz's one-out double to center.

In the ninth, Jonathan Broxton gave up a double and when the runner attempted to steal third, the throw by Jason Phillips sailed into the outfield for the Mets fifth run.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Oscar Robles has spent most of the summer batting first or second, but with Milton Bradley receiving a day off Saturday, Tracy gave Robles his first career start in the No. 3 slot for one simple reason. Robles is 8-for-25 (.320) with eight runs scored in his last six games entering Saturday and had the game-tying, two-run single in the seventh inning Friday. …Dioner Navarro caught every inning of 13 consecutive games through Friday, earning a long-awaited day off Saturday. Phillips started behind the plate for the first time since Ryan Freel stole five bases off Phillips and the Dodgers on July 27. …Tracy said Friday afternoon that Kent would get a day off Saturday, but an examination of Bradley's numbers against Seo -- 0-for-6 with four strikeouts -- prompted the manager to move Kent's day of rest to Sunday. …Brad Penny (5-7, 3.50 ERA) will square off against former Dodger Pedro Martinez in the series finale today.