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Dodgers sweep punchless Mets, tie MLB record with 17-3 home start

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LOS ANGELES -- Russell Martin hasn't provided the Los Angeles Dodgers with nearly as much offense as they've become accustomed to from their two-time All-Star catcher, and the clutch hits have been few and far between.

But Wednesday night, Martin came through, delivering a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 2-1 victory.

"If I was going to pick one time to get a hit, it would be then," said Martin, who was hitless in his previous 11 at-bats during the series. "I picked the right time, and it worked out."

Orlando Hudson singled with one out against J.J. Putz (1-3), who walked Andre Ethier before Martin lined the right-hander's 1-0 pitch to left field for his 16th RBI of the season. The hit helped the defending NL West champions improve their major league-best record to 29-13 and extend their division lead on San Francisco to 8½ games.

The Dodgers' 17-3 start at home tied a modern major league record for 20 games, last accomplished by the 1998 Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Joe Torre also managed that Yankees team.

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The Mets, who came into Chavez Ravine on Monday with a half-game lead on Philadelphia in the NL East, now trail the Phillies by a full game after their fourth loss in a row. The road trip began with three consecutive victories against the Giants.

"We knew at the start of this trip that it would be a tough one and would be a big test for us," third baseman David Wright said. "We started out good, but then we struggled. We played poorly and the Dodgers played great. But we can't feel sorry for ourselves."

Rookie left-hander Brent Leach (1-0) earned his first major league victory, retiring both batters he faced in the eighth. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 13 attempts.

The Mets, 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and 3-for-27 overall in the series, squandered an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the eighth after putting runners at second and third with one out.

Leach replaced Ronald Belisario and escaped the jam, retiring Daniel Murphy on a grounder to first with the infield in and getting pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis on a grounder to short.

"That's kind of what we've been dealing with this whole series -- not getting the big hit," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We had a good shot at it right there -- second and third, infield in, but we didn't get it done. In the position we're in now, with the pieces that we have now, it's going to be challenging to put a lot of runs on the board. So when we get opportunities, we really have to take advantage of them."

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was replaced by Ramon Martinez in the bottom of the third inning after aggravating a troublesome right calf that forced him to miss five games. The Mets' all-time stolen base leader tried to leg out a grounder deep in the hole on the right side of the infield, but was thrown out by second baseman Hudson, who made a one-hop throw from the outfield grass.

"I think it happened in that at-bat," Manuel said. "I saw some grimacing during the AB. Then once he hit the ball and put it in play, he felt some pain and discomfort. It was obvious that he was struggling with it. How much damage there is, we don't know."

Murphy, who had played in left field the first 1½ months this season, started at first base for the first time in his big league career -- using Carlos Delgado's glove. Delgado is expected to be sidelined until at least late July after undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday.

With left-hander Eric Stults missing his turn in the rotation because of a sprained thumb on his pitching hand, Jeff Weaver made his third start of the season. He allowed a run and four hits over five innings while stranding a runner at third base in each of the first two. Stults is expected to make his next start on Monday afternoon at Colorado.

Livan Hernandez pitched seven innings for the Mets, allowing a run and seven hits.

Notes

  • Jake Uhlenhopp made his major league umpiring debut at age 32 and worked third base in place of James Hoye, who was ill. The game started with a three-man crew, and Uhlenhopp made his entrance in the middle of the second inning -- 32 minutes after the first pitch.
  • The Mets have gone seven games, 69 2/3 innings and 265 official at-bats since their last home run -- a solo shot by Gary Sheffield on May 13.
 
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Orlando Hudson hustles to beat the throw at the plate and slides in for the winning run. (Getty Images)
Orlando Hudson hustles to beat the throw at the plate and slides in for the winning run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

L. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS2000000 .279
    Ramon Martinez, SS3000002 .000
Luis Castillo, 2B3110100 .279
Carlos Beltran, CF3021100 .370
David Wright, 3B2010200 .362
Daniel Murphy, 1B4000026 .263
Ryan Church, RF3010001 .276
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH1000002 .282
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Ramon Castro, C4000001 .239
Angel Pagan, LF-RF4010011 .357
Livan Hernandez, P3010001 .143
    Jeremy Reed, LF1000001 .333
Totals3317143  
a-grounded out for Church in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran 2 (13, Weaver, Weaver), Ryan Church (7, Weaver)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (29)
SB - Carlos Beltran (7, 3rd base off Weaver/Martin), Angel Pagan (1, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeremy Reed 1
DP - Murphy
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez 7711120 4.93
J.J. Putz (L,1-3) 1211220 3.91
IBB - Loney by J.J. Putz
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 93-62, J.J. Putz 28-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-11
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, J.J. Putz 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4120014 .405
Rafael Furcal, SS4010011 .239
Orlando Hudson, 2B4120000 .345
Andre Ethier, RF2001101 .253
Russell Martin, C4011002 .263
James Loney, 1B3010100 .274
Xavier Paul, CF3000011 .214
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000012 .350
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B2010100 .287
Jeff Weaver, P1000002 .143
   b- Randy Wolf, PH1000000 .100
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Kemp, PH-CF1010000 .281
Totals3029234  
a-struck out for Leach in the 8th
b-grounded out for Weaver in the 5th
c-singled for Troncoso in the 7th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (15, Hernandez)
SF - Andre Ethier (3)
RBI - Andre Ethier (30), Russell Martin (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Weaver 5411210 3.00
Ramon Troncoso 2200020 1.69
Ronald Belisario 0.1000200 2.70
Brent Leach (W,1-0) 0.2000000 6.23
Jonathan Broxton (S,11) 1100000 1.29
WP - Ramon Troncoso (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 69-46, Ramon Troncoso 28-20, Ronald Belisario 10-2, Brent Leach 8-5, Jonathan Broxton 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 7-6, Ramon Troncoso 3-1, Brent Leach 2-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 20, Ramon Troncoso 8, Ronald Belisario 3, Brent Leach 2, Jonathan Broxton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50761
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jacob Uhlenhopp