Mets open road trip with 2-1 win over Dodgers

The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night.

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Plawecki drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, rookie Noah Snydergaard dueled reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on even terms, and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night.

Lucas Duda blooped a double just inside the left field line leading off the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-1). Wilmer Flores followed with a single off Jansen's glove as the right-hander tried to backhand the ball. Duda then scored on Plawecki's fly out to center field.

Hansel Robles (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory and Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances. The Mets remained 3 1-2 games behind NL East-leading Washington following the Nationals' victory over San Francisco. The Giants' loss kept the Dodgers three games ahead of the defending World Series champions in the West Division.

Snydergaard remained winless in five starts on the road despite allowing one run and just two hits over six innings with six strikeouts and two walks. The 22-year-old right-hander has 59 strikeouts through his first 10 big league starts, fourth in Mets history behind Dwight Gooden (80), Nolan Ryan (78) and Matt Harvey (70).

Kershaw allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one in his first start against the Mets in more than two years. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his seven previous career starts against New York, is 4-2 in nine starts this season when allowing fewer than three earned runs.

Adrian Gonzalez homered to center leading off the second, which raised his season total to 14 and the Dodgers' NL-leading total to 103. That ended a string of 11 consecutive innings in which Snydergaard did not allow an extra-base hit.

The Mets, held to one run during their three-game sweep by the Cubs, tied it in the fourth. John Mayberry Jr. led off with a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored when Flores slapped a grounder through the right side of a drawn-in infield.

Howie Kendrick reached on a one-out fielding error by Snydergaard in the sixth and stole second, ending a streak of 23 consecutive games by the Dodgers without a stolen base since June 7 -- the longest by the franchise since 1900.

Turner walked, but Gonzalez lined out to center field and Yasiel Puig struck out.

Duda made back-to-back diving stops at first base on grounders in the hole by Gonzalez and Puig in the fourth inning to help prevent the Dodgers from scoring after a leadoff double by Turner.

Turner was 1 for 3 with a walk and made a slick play at third base to rob Daniel Murphy of a hit in the fifth, helping end his streak of reaching base in 17 straight games. Turner spent three-plus seasons with the Mets before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February 2014. Before Friday's game, he received an award at home plate as the Dodgers' player of the month after batting .300 in June with six homers and 17 RBI.

A LONG TIME COMING

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no Mets rookie has defeated a reigning Cy Young winner since April 17, 1968, when Jerry Koosman beat San Francisco's Mike McCormick 3-0 in the Mets' home opener with a complete-game seven-hitter.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (7-5) is 2-5 with a 3.29 ERA in his last 10 starts, after going 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his first five. His only previous outing at Dodger Stadium was Aug. 13, 2013, a 4-2 loss. Harvey made only two more starts before elbow problems forced him to miss the rest of that season and led to Tommy John surgery, which sidelined him for 2014.

Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (6-2) pitched 7 2/3 innings last Sunday in a 2-0 victory at Miami after a winless stretch of nine starts in which he was 0-2 with a 1.79 ERA. His last win at Dodger Stadium was April 27, when he beat San Francisco 7-3.


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