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Dodgers' Ethier extends hit streak to 30 in loss

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NEW YORK -- In a game between teams short on cash, Jason Pridie came up with the money hit.

Pridie's three-run homer in the sixth inning overcame another big night by Andre Ethier and carried the New York Mets past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Friday in the opener of a weekend series between baseball's most financially troubled teams.

Pridie, a 27-year-old with just four big league at-bats before this year, came up with the Mets trailing 3-2. The Dodgers' Don Mattingly, managing for the first time in the city where he starred for the Yankees, had ordered an intentional walk to Ike Davis, who homered leading off the second.

Pridie turned on an 0-1 splitter from Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) that drifted over the middle of the plate and sent it bouncing off a bullpen roof in right-center.

"I'm not insulted, obviously," Pridie said. "I know when you've got Ike Davis at the plate and you see Jason Pridie behind him, you're probably going to want to pitch to Jason Pridie. But after I saw him walking, I sort of got into that competitive mode and really said to myself, 'I'm doing this. I'm getting a hit right here,' and really kind of locked in. It spurs a little emotion there."

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Pridie hit his first career home run April 24 against Arizona -- also a three-run drive. Taking advantage of playing time while Angel Pagan is on the disabled list, Pridie has three homers and eight RBI in 37 at-bats to go along with a .243 average since he came up from the minors on April 22.

Jason Bay added an RBI single in the seventh against Blake Hawksworth following another intentional walk, this time to Carlos Beltran.

"You don't view it as disrespect. It's part of the game," Bay said. "But I think the gratification after that is a little sweeter."

The Mets had not had four RBI following intentional walks since July 27, 2009, when Fernando Tatis hit a grand slam after Colorado walked Jeff Francoeur, according to STATS LLC.

"You always think you're an idiot when you walk Davis there and get to him, and he does that," Mattingly said. "Kind of your last thought is a three-run homer there, again, especially in this ballpark. There were some balls that were crushed that didn't go out tonight."

Jose Reyes tripled twice in a game for the second time this season and then doubled in the eighth as the Mets won for the third time in eight games following a six-game winning streak. Ryota Igarashi (2-0) got one out for the win. A day after throwing 42 pitches, Francisco Rodriguez got his eighth save in nine chances -- even though manager Terry Collins said he likely would be unavailable.

Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games but the reeling Dodgers (15-18) lost for the fifth time in six games and matched their season low of three games under .500 (6-9).

Once prosperous powers, Los Angeles and New York have become baseball's prime paupers. The Dodgers needed a $30 million loan from Fox, their television partner, earlier this year and may not have enough cash to make payroll at the end of the month. Its owners being sued by the trustee recovering money from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Mets borrowed $25 million from Major League Baseball during the offseason and are seeking to sell a minority interest in the franchise.

The Mets are without a World Series title since 1986 and the Dodgers since 1988. Commissioner Bud Selig has appointed a monitor who must approve any expenditure by Los Angeles of $5,000 or more and Selig may attempt to force a sale of the team.

"To say it's none of our business wouldn't be accurate. It is our business," Ethier said. "But it's something where it's out of our hands and out of our control. It's really had no decision or no bearing on what we do or what we say or how we play. It's between Major League Baseball and the owner."

Ethier singled on a 3-0 pitch in the first inning, lining the ball to center to become the first major league player with a 30-game hitting streak since Washington's Ryan Zimmerman from April 8 to May 12, 2009. The 29-year-old Ethier was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday because of an inflamed left elbow.

Ethier has the 45th single-season streak of 30 or more games, the 38th from 1900 on. He is one game shy of the Dodgers record, set by Willie Davis in 1969. Ethier went 3 for 5 and is hitting .397 (46 for 116) during the streak.

"I'm not really thinking about it other than for the fact there's been a lot of support from the teammates, from fans at home," Ethier said. "I've even had fans on the road cheering me on. It's like: `I want you to get a hit, but don't do too much. Just get one, and have it in a non-key spot.' You don't want to let them down when they're cheering for you like that."

Notes

  • Chris Cannizzaro, a 10-year-old from Staten Island who met President Obama on Thursday, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. His father, Brian, was a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11.
  • Reyes, who leads the majors with six triples, hit another three-bagger with two outs in the fifth. It was Reyes' second two-triple game this year and the sixth of his career.
 
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Andre Ethier is the first MLB player in two years to extend a hit streak beyond 30 games. (AP)
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R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
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A. Ethier
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jamey Carroll, SS4110110 .279
Jerry Sands, LF4110013 .192
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   a- Jay Gibbons, PH1010000 .200
Andre Ethier, RF5030001 .379
Matt Kemp, CF4011112 .349
Juan Uribe, 3B5001024 .232
James Loney, 1B3010104 .217
Rod Barajas, C4121012 .226
Aaron Miles, 2B4000012 .247
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000112 .059
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF1000000 .250
Totals37310348  
a-singled for Jansen in the 9th
Batting
HR - Rod Barajas (6, Niese)
RBI - Matt Kemp (21), Juan Uribe (16), Rod Barajas (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Loney-Carroll
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L,3-3) 5.2755332 3.69
Blake Hawksworth 1111200 3.24
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.1000010 10.38
Kenley Jansen 1100130 6.91
IBB - Davis by Hiroki Kuroda, Beltran by Blake Hawksworth
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 89-52, Blake Hawksworth 20-8, Hong-Chih Kuo 5-3, Kenley Jansen 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-6, Blake Hawksworth 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Blake Hawksworth 6, Hong-Chih Kuo 1, Kenley Jansen 5
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4230100 .326
Daniel Murphy, 2B4000115 .244
David Wright, 3B3000112 .244
Carlos Beltran, RF2111101 .296
Jason Bay, LF4021002 .277
Ike Davis, 1B3211113 .310
Jason Pridie, CF4113020 .243
Josh Thole, C4010020 .253
Jonathon Niese, P2000000 .083
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000001 .162
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH0000100 .212
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3169667  
a-popped out for Igarashi in the 6th
b-walked for Isringhausen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (11, Jansen), Carlos Beltran (12, Kuroda), Josh Thole (4, Kuroda)
3B - Jose Reyes 2 (5, Kuroda, Kuroda)
HR - Ike Davis (7, Kuroda), Jason Pridie (3, Kuroda)
SF - Carlos Beltran (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (18), Jason Bay (4), Ike Davis (23), Jason Pridie 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (4), Jason Pridie 3 (6)
SB - Jose Reyes (12, 2nd base off Hawksworth/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 5.2733351 4.71
Ryota Igarashi (W,2-0) 0.1100010 4.70
Taylor Buchholz (H,3) 1100120 1.53
Jason Isringhausen (H,6) 1000000 2.89
Francisco Rodriguez (S,8) 1100000 1.26
IBB - Kemp by Jonathon Niese
WP - Francisco Rodriguez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 116-73, Ryota Igarashi 8-5, Taylor Buchholz 26-16, Jason Isringhausen 9-7, Francisco Rodriguez 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 7-5, Jason Isringhausen 3-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Ryota Igarashi 2, Taylor Buchholz 5, Jason Isringhausen 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35948
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ed Hickox