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N.Y. Mets000000000042

Dodgers return favor, send Mets to shutout loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Hong-Chih Kuo reacted to the news that he would get another start in the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation with the same calm that he exhibited in his first start.

"Just got to get ready," he said with a blank look.

Nomar Garciaparra and Rafael Furcal homered to help Kuo get his first major league victory in the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Kuo (1-4) yielded three hits, struck out seven and walked three in six innings on Taiwan heritage night at Shea Stadium. He became the third Taiwanese pitcher ever to start a game in the major leagues.

"We knew he was limited with the number of pitches that he had to work with because of his inexperience starting games this season but he got us very deep into that game with a good quality start out there," said Dodgers manager Grady Little, who announced afterward that Kuo would start against the Cubs on Thursday. "We're proud for him."

Kenny Lofton had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who won for only the second time in their last six games. The win also ensured another day in first place for Los Angeles, which led the NL West by a half-game over San Diego heading into play Friday.

The Mets, who were blanked for the second in time five days, only managed four hits against Kuo and three relievers -- Brett Tomko, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito.

"(Kuo) was throwing that breaking ball for strikes, which is not his strength," Mets right fielder Shawn Green said. "He's got that 95 (mph) fastball and once you are behind in the count you've got to look for it. He's a little funky."

David Wright had two hits for New York but also committed a costly throwing error that led to two runs for the Dodgers. John Maine (5-4) lost for the first time since July 8 against Florida.

"He stayed pretty focused for the most part," Mets manager Willie Randolph said of Maine. "He has pitched great for us. Every once in a while you have one like this."

Furcal led off the fifth with his 10th homer to put Los Angeles in front 3-0. One batter later, Garciaparra hit an 0-1 pitch from Maine into the bleachers in left. The Dodgers almost had a third solo homer in the inning but Carlos Beltran timed his jump perfectly, sticking his glove over the wall to take one away from J.D. Drew.

Kuo held the Mets hitless before Wright led off the bottom half of the fifth with a single to center. Green then singled to left but Kuo struck out Chris Woodward and got Lastings Milledge to bounce to shortstop Furcal, who started an inning-ending double play.

"He was throwing nasty, pitching great," Furcal said.

Kuo was subbing for injured right-hander Chad Billingsley, who is working his way back from a strained side muscle and is slated to return to the rotation next Saturday against San Diego.

The left-hander did well in Billingsley's absence in his first start after 23 relief appearances to start the season. He was converted to a starter last month at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"I feel a little better for the warmup and stuff," Kuo said. "For me right now, just whatever they put me at I've got to do it. I've got to go for it, try to finish my job."

The Dodgers pushed across two unearned runs in the first to snap the Mets' scoreless streak at 25 innings. With the bases loaded and two outs, Marlon Anderson hit a grounder to third that Wright appeared to bobble for a second before throwing wide of first.

"It had a lot of spin," Wright said. "I couldn't get a good grip on it. The ball was rolling around, so I just threw it away."

Furcal and Garciaparra raced around to score to make it 2-0. Maine then struck out Wilson Betemit with runners on first and third to limit the damage.

Maine allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. He was 5-0 with four no-decisions in his previous nine starts.

Notes

  • LHP Eric Stults will start Sunday for Los Angeles. It will be Stults' first major league start and second big league appearance. He is taking the turn of LHP Mark Hendrickson, who will work out of the bullpen while the Dodgers tinker with his mechanics.
  • Mets LHP Dave Williams will start Monday's game at Florida and LHP Oliver Perez will go Tuesday against the Marlins. Williams and Perez both pitched in New York's doubleheader sweep of Atlanta on Wednesday but the Mets decided to give Perez the extra day of rest.
  • Chien-Ming Wang of the Yankees and Colorado's Chin-hui Tsao are the other Taiwanese pitchers who have started a game in the big leagues. Tsao is currently on the 60-day disabled list due to shoulder surgery.
 
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Nomar Garciaparra busts out of his slump, hitting the second of two L.A. HRs in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Nomar Garciaparra busts out of his slump, hitting the second of two L.A. HRs in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5221001 .293
Kenny Lofton, CF5021000 .306
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4221101 .309
J.D. Drew, RF4000114 .276
Jeff Kent, 2B3010211 .277
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Marlon Anderson, LF4010012 .280
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .120
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Julio Lugo, 2B0000000 .285
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000014 .276
Russell Martin, C4110000 .289
Hong-Chih Kuo, P2000020 .000
    Jason Repko, LF1000000 .254
Totals365934613 
Batting
2B - Kenny Lofton (14, Oliver), Russell Martin (23, Oliver)
HR - Rafael Furcal (10, Maine), Nomar Garciaparra (16, Maine)
SH - Hong-Chih Kuo (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (54), Kenny Lofton (32), Nomar Garciaparra (76)
2-OUT RBI - Kenny Lofton (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Furcal-Garciaparra, Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hong-Chih Kuo (W,1-4) 6300370 4.46
Brett Tomko 1100000 4.56
Jonathan Broxton 1000100 2.66
Takashi Saito 1000010 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Hong-Chih Kuo 90-56, Brett Tomko 10-7, Jonathan Broxton 9-5, Takashi Saito 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hong-Chih Kuo 6-2, Jonathan Broxton 2-0
Batters Faced - Hong-Chih Kuo 21, Brett Tomko 4, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000121 .300
Paul Lo Duca, C4010000 .313
Carlos Beltran, CF2000201 .285
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000012 .266
David Wright, 3B3020000 .307
Shawn Green, RF3010011 .285
Chris Woodward, 2B3000013 .214
Lastings Milledge, LF3000011 .232
John Maine, P1000010 .000
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .143
   a- Jose Valentin, PH1000010 .284
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH0000100 .203
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
Totals27040489 
a-struck out for Oliver in the 6th
b-walked for Bell in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (36, Tomko)
CS - Jose Reyes (15, 3rd base by Kuo/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Shawn Green (3, ), David Wright (17, )
New York Mets
John Maine (L,5-4) 5642342 3.45
Darren Oliver 1211100 2.90
Heath Bell 2000010 2.79
Chad Bradford 1100010 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 87-57, Darren Oliver 19-8, Heath Bell 19-15, Chad Bradford 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 3-9, Darren Oliver 2-1, Heath Bell 4-1, Chad Bradford 2-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 25, Darren Oliver 6, Heath Bell 6, Chad Bradford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 52077
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Bill Miller