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N.Y. Mets (36-26)200100000392
L.A. Dodgers (36-28) «00030200x581

Recently added Loney lifts Dodgers past slumping Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The doubles keep piling up for Luis Gonzalez.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder hit two more Monday night -- the second putting him in position to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets.

Gonzalez entered one double behind Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, the Dodgers' hitting coach. Gonzalez tied Murray in the fourth and passed him in the sixth, giving him 561 two-base hits -- good for 19th on baseball's career list.

"Eddie was great. I took a couple of photos with him for me to keep," the 39-year-old Gonzalez said. "Eddie's a Hall of Famer. It's a nice accomplishment to have. (But) I just want to move on. It's important to me to win championships."

Gonzalez hit a liner to right-center off Orlando Hernandez (3-2) to start the sixth. James Loney hit a double one out later to drive in Gonzalez and give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

Loney, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, went to third when center fielder Carlos Beltran mishandled the ball for an error, but was tagged out by catcher Paul Lo Duca while trying to score on Tony Abreu's suicide squeeze attempt.

Lo Duca tried to double up Abreu at first, but his throw was wild, and Abreu went all the way to third on the error. Pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit followed with an RBI single to complete the scoring.

"To be able to do what he's done, just looking at the scoreboard and seeing the numbers he's put up over the course of his career, I think he's extremely underrated," Mets third baseman David Wright said about Gonzalez. "I don't think he gets the credit that he deserves for being as consistent as he has throughout his career."

Randy Wolf (8-4) earned the victory, allowing nine hits and three runs in six innings. Wolf, who walked none and struck out three, moved into a tie with Philadelphia's Cole Hamels for the most wins in the NL.

"It's about the full season, not just the first 2½ months," said Wolf, who overcame a shaky start and a shot up the middle by Beltran in the fifth that hit him in the right foot and caromed away for an infield single.

"If it's not falling off, I'm going to go," Wolf said. "It didn't feel great, but I was able to go."

Takashi Saito, the fourth Los Angeles pitcher, worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances as the Dodgers won for just the second time in seven games. Wolf and three relievers teamed up to retire the final 12 New York batters.

The game was the first between the teams since the Mets swept the Dodgers in their best-of-five NL division series last October.

"We're just not getting it done," Lo Duca said after the Mets' seventh loss in eight games. "We're not getting big hits when we need to, and I'm at the top of the list. I mean, I've been horrible with guys in scoring position. We're a good team and we know we're going to get out of this, but we need to play better than we have -- pitching, defense, everything."

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Shawn Green and Wright, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Carlos Delgado doubled to start the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Gomez, making it 3-0.

The Dodgers tied the game in the fourth on RBI singles by Russell Martin and Andre Ethier and a run-scoring double by Gonzalez -- their first three hits of the game. The three earned runs matched the total allowed by Hernandez in his previous five starts spanning 33 innings.

Hernandez gave up seven hits and five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Notes

  • Green was activated from the disabled list before the game and went 2-for-4 against his former team.
  • Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra wasn't in the lineup for the second straight game. Manager Grady Little said he told the slumping Garciaparra he wanted to give him a little break -- two games, possibly three.
  • Mets LF Moises Alou, sidelined since May 12, had an MRI exam in New York that revealed inflammation and soreness in his left quadriceps. "Nothing's better. I don't think that he's in a situation where he's going to be back anytime soon," manager Willie Randolph said.
  • Martin, the Dodgers' catcher, had a tough first inning, when the Mets stole two bases and he had a throwing error and a passed ball. Martin also stole his 11th base in the game -- one more than he had as a rookie last year.
 
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Randy Wolf claims his eighth win of the season, putting him in a tie for the most victories in the NL.  (AP)
Randy Wolf claims his eighth win of the season, putting him in a tie for the most victories in the NL. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

S. Green
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110001 .309
Shawn Green, RF4121000 .318
Carlos Beltran, CF4010001 .283
David Wright, 3B4011012 .279
Carlos Delgado, 1B4110013 .228
Paul Lo Duca, C4010012 .305
Jose Valentin, 2B4010002 .271
Carlos Gomez, LF3011001 .224
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000010 .295
Orlando Hernandez, P2000022 .200
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH1000010 .250
Totals3539307  
a-struck out for Gomez in the 9th
b-struck out for Feliciano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (14, Wolf)
SH - Orlando Hernandez (3)
RBI - Shawn Green (23), David Wright (35), Carlos Gomez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (3)
SB - Shawn Green (5, 3rd base off Wolf/Martin), David Wright (13, 2nd base off Wolf/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Carlos Beltran (1, Misplayed grounder), Paul Lo Duca (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (L,3-2) 5.2754340 2.38
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1100000 7.06
Guillermo Mota 0.2000000 7.36
Pedro Feliciano 1.1000020 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 113-71, Scott Schoeneweis 6-4, Guillermo Mota 7-6, Pedro Feliciano 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 5-8, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 27, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Guillermo Mota 2, Pedro Feliciano 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000002 .288
Juan Pierre, CF2110200 .273
Russell Martin, C4111012 .298
Jeff Kent, 2B3000104 .261
Luis Gonzalez, LF4221012 .297
    Matt Kemp, RF0000000 .381
Andre Ethier, RF-LF4011012 .263
James Loney, 1B4011012 .250
Tony Abreu, 3B4100012 .262
Randy Wolf, P2010010 .120
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1011000 .200
    Chad Billingsley, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals3258536  
a-singled for Wolf in the 6th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez 2 (14, Hernandez, Hernandez), James Loney (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Russell Martin (41), Luis Gonzalez (27), Andre Ethier (28), James Loney (2), Wilson Betemit (16)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit (9)
SB - Juan Pierre (20, 2nd base off Hernandez/Lo Duca), Russell Martin (11, 2nd base off Hernandez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Russell Martin (4)
E - Russell Martin (6, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,8-4) 6933030 4.06
Chad Billingsley (H,3) 1000000 3.27
Jonathan Broxton (H,15) 1000020 3.98
Takashi Saito (S,17) 1000020 1.73
WP - Randy Wolf (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 96-67, Chad Billingsley 12-8, Jonathan Broxton 16-12, Takashi Saito 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-8, Chad Billingsley 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Chad Billingsley 3, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40467
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals