Perez was reinserted into the starting rotation because Jae Seo has had season-long troubles and was banished to the bullpen to switch places with Odalis.
Perez got the first two outs in the initial inning before the roof fell in on him but to be honest, three of the five hits in the first were broken-bat singles. "There's not a whole lot you can do about that," said Manager Grady Little, who said Perez would make his next scheduled start June 16 at Oakland.
Despite starting down 4-0 and 5-1, the Dodgers fought back to get Perez off the hook. Shortstop Rafe Furcal banged a pair of homers and , along with Russell Martin's RBI single, tied the game 5-5 n the second inning.
Two more New York runs in the fourth gave Perez the rest of the evening off . Carrying a 7.02 earned run average as he left, most of the 44,000+ fans in attendance showered him with boos.
Seo took over for the Dodgers and came within one out of throwing three shutout innings but instead gave up a booming, two-run homer and Nomar Garciaparra's baserunning mistake in the eighth inning killed their last, slim chance.
The Dodgers had the makings of a late comeback against former teammate Duaner Sanchez in the eighth, when Garciaparra led off with a shot into the left-field corner off former teammate Duaner Sanchez in the eighth but was gunned down attempting to stretch the hit into a double.
J.D. Drew wangled a walk and Andre Ethier smacked an RBI double but Sanchez struck out Olmedo Saenz to end the inning and closer Billy Wagner ended the game in the ninth for his 12th save.
After a great run in late May, the homestand ended with three wins in seven games and dropped a game in the standings to Arizona. They take Thursday off before embarking on a nine-game road swing.
With the uncertainty of Gagne's elbow, the only thing that the Dodgers are certain of is that they've lost their last three games started by either Seo or Perez.
Score by innings New York 410 200 200-9 Los Angeles 140 100 010-6 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal, SS 5 2 2 4 .261 Lofton, CF 4 0 0 0 .319 Garciaparra, 1B 3 0 2 0 .369 Kemp, RF 4 0 1 0 .333 Guzman, 3B 3 0 0 0 .200 Kuo, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Drew, PH 0 1 0 0 .284 Baez, P 0 0 0 0 .000 Cruz, LF 1 2 1 1 .245 Ethier, PH-LF 1 0 1 1 .302 Martinez, 2B 3 0 1 0 .358 Saenz, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 .290 Martin, C 4 1 1 1 .278 Perez, P 1 1 0 0 0 .067 Seo, P 1 0 0 0 .118 Aybar, 3B-2B 2 0 1 0 .312 Totals 33 7 10 7 Mets 38 9 14 9 Errors- none. 2B- Ethier (5). HR- Furcal 2 (4), Cruz (4). RBI- Furcal 4 (21), Martin (18), Cruz (12), Ethier (15). LOB- Mets 5, Dodgers 3. DP- 2 (Guzman, Martinez and Garciaparra; Martinez and Garciaparra). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Perez (L,4-2) 3.2 11 7-7 1 4 7.02 Seo 3.0 3 2-2 1 3 5.40 Kuo 1.1 0 0-0 0 2 4.32 Baez 1.0 0 0-0 1 2 3.56 T- 2:48. Att- 44,230.Dodger Blue Notes-- Gagne underwent an MRI to determine the source of the tightness in his right elbow. X-rays revealed no ligament or structural damage but doctors did discover some fluid and inflammation around the ulnar nerve. As a result, he will rest the elbow for three days or so with the hope the inflammation subsides. Gagne said he didn't have pain, but my arm stiffened after the fourth warmup pitch. …Glavine became baseball's first nine-game winner despite being hit hard. …When Grady Little he looks at Dodgers rookie Matt Kemp, he reminds him of Atlanta star Chipper Jones. Little was in the Atlanta organization when Jones was being groomed. Kemp, who was promoted a little over a week ago, was batting .345 with four home runs and 10 RBI in his first six games. …J.D. Drew was out of the lineup Thursday after experiencing a sore right hamstring. …Jeff Kent has started taking swings in the batting cage and hopes to return when the Dodgers open a three-game series in San Diego on Tuesday. However, Bill Mueller's knee is not responding well to May 15 surgery, and he will seek a second opinion from Vail orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Steadman. …Catcher Dioner Navarro will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas for his right wrist, which was badly bruised by a foul tip May 4. He'll be reunited with shortstop Cesar Izturis, already on a rehab assignment at Las Vegas who has begun playing short after initially playing second base. He's 4-for-18 at the plate. …The Dodgers are off Thursday and travel to Denver to open a three-game series with the Rockies Friday night, when Brad Penny (6-1, 2.62) opposes Byung-Hyun Kim (3-3, 4.97).