Dodger Flat Again; Mets Win 4-0

The Dodgers caught two-time Cy Young Winner Johan Santana on a cool and windy day in New York without his "A" game, but it didn't make much difference. The Dodgers couldn't by a hit with runners in scoring position, left nine on base and dropped a 4-0 decision in the first game of a double-header.

Los Angeles collected five hits, including a double and a triple and were presented with five walks, three of them in the second inning.

Kuroda also struggled in the second, allowing a double sandwiched around a double and a wild pitch that skipped between Russell Martin's legs allowed the first run of the game.

Outfielder Jason Bay earned the second run with a shot into the left-field seats in the fourth. Kuroda finished his work by allowing six hits in six innings, two runs, three walks and striking our four.

He deserved a better fate

John Link surrendered a pair of hits and a walk that resulted in the final two New York runs in the sixth inning. Ramon Troncoso, making his 13th appearance in the young season, George Sherrill and Ramon Ortiz closed out the game.

Reed Johnson had a one-out triple in the third, Andre Ethier had a one-out double in the eighth and Rafael Furcal, Russell Martin and Jamey Carroll picked up the final three hits, all singles.

Santana ran his record against Los Angeles to 5-0 and dropped his earned run average below 0.50. Kuroda, who had never beaten New York came in 0-2 with an ERA over 12.

The Dodgers had a chance to do business in the second inning. After Matt Kemp opened the inning with a fly ball to left, Casey Blake walked, James Loney hit into a force play and Martin and Carroll also drew walks to load the bases. Kuroda worked the count to 3-2 but struck out.

Santana threw a remarkable 36 pitches in the inning but didn't allow a run.

Johnson tripled in the third with one out; Martin and Carroll singled with two out in the fourth; Furcal led off with a single in the fifth and after a 1-2-3 sixth inning, Santana was given the rest of the night off.

Fernando Nieve allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh and a one-out double in the eighth before Pedro Feliciano, making his 378th appearance in a Mets uniform, worked around a walk to close out the shutout.

The Mets ran their winning streak to five games and have won seven of eight during the home stand.

Going the other direction, Los Angeles ran it's scoreless string to 18 innings in a row and they have scored only two runs over the last 18 innings.

Stay tuned for the report on the second game that was scheduled to follow the first after a 20-minute break.

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