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NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe pulled on his shirt, broke into a grin and said, "Hallelujah!"
Uribe snapped out of a long slump with a homer and four RBI, Chris Capuano pitched seven solid innings against his former team and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the staggering New York Mets 8-5 on Saturday.
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"It was really great to see him get a couple of big hits tonight, especially that big one in the ninth," Capuano said.
Uribe hit an early two-run double to end a 1-for-38 slide. He added a two-run homer in the ninth inning off 13-game winner R.A. Dickey, making his first relief appearance since April 2011 to help an overtaxed Mets bullpen.
Matt Treanor also stopped a slump with a run-scoring hit and the Dodgers won their third straight following a 1-7 skid. Matt Kemp had an RBI triple and Capuano (10-5) struck out nine for his first victory in seven career starts against the Mets.
"Pretty much the same Cap. He just kind of keeps going," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That's pretty much what we've been getting every time out."
Los Angeles chased 41-year-old spot starter Miguel Batista (1-3) after three innings, getting into baseball's worst bullpen early for the second consecutive game. Both times, the Dodgers built a comfortable cushion and held on at the end.
Ronny Cedeno homered for the Mets (47-47), who have lost eight of nine to fall back to .500 for the first time since they were 13-13 after play on May 4. Before the game, they put struggling ace Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, a move also meant to recharge his surgically repaired left shoulder.
"My shoulder is fine. I don't have any problems with it," Santana said. "I feel fine. It's just that you've got to [have] time to recover."
Capuano went 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA for New York last season, proving he was healthy enough to warrant a $10 million, two-year contract from the Dodgers. He came in 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA against the Mets, but held them to three runs on eight hits and a walk.
"I just had a great experience here last year, and I love the ballpark," Capuano said. "I've really enjoyed coming back."
James Loney singled with two outs in the ninth off Dickey, and Uribe drove a knuckleball to left for his second home run this season. He came off the disabled list June 11 after missing 28 games with a strained left wrist.
"Lucky today," Uribe said about his home run. "I feel good when I help my team win the game."
Dickey threw 111 pitches over 7 1/3 innings Thursday in Washington to improve to 13-1. Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday night he might use Dickey in relief late Saturday, his regular throw day between starts.
"I salute him for going in there. It's certainly something he's not used to doing, but that's the kind of guy he is -- if you need me, I'll be there for you," Collins said.
Batista, who pitched in relief Wednesday, took Dillon Gee's turn and made his fifth start of the season. Gee had surgery last week to patch an artery in his pitching shoulder after a blood clot had formed there.
Working from the stretch even with the bases empty, Batista walked three batters in the first inning and gave up an RBI single to Loney.
Uribe, who began the day batting .186, hit a two-run double to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the third. He also walked twice, and scored three runs for the first time since May 29, 2010.
"It was a big day for him and for us, obviously," Mattingly said. "It's just nice for him to feel like he's a part of it."
Luis Cruz added a run-scoring single to make it 4-0.
Batista was pulled for a pinch-hitter after throwing 81 pitches through three innings.
"It's hard when you haven't started a game in 61 days," he said.
It marked the second consecutive game in which the Mets' starter never even came to bat. Santana was yanked after three innings and 72 pitches Friday night. He allowed six runs and seven hits in a 7-6 loss, dropping to 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in his past three outings -- the worst stretch of his career.
"We've got to start getting some length out of our starters," Collins said.
Treanor snapped an 0-for-23 drought with a two-out RBI double in the fifth off Jeremy Hefner that extended the lead to 6-2.
|Juan Uribe breaks a 1-for-38 slump with a double, homer and four RBI in the Dodgers' win. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Bobby Abreu, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||2||1||0||1||2||0||.239|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.362|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||2||.295|
|James Loney, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||2||.248|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||3||3||2||4||2||0||0||.196|
|Luis Cruz, SS||4||0||1||1||1||1||4||.250|
|Matt Treanor, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.203|
|Chris Capuano, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.094|
|a- Juan Rivera, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Capuano in the 8th|
|2B - Juan Uribe (9, Batista), Matt Treanor (3, Hefner)|
|3B - Matt Kemp (2, Hefner)|
|HR - Juan Uribe (2, Dickey)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (34), James Loney (26), Juan Uribe 4 (17), Luis Cruz (8), Matt Treanor (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (12), James Loney (10), Juan Uribe 4 (7), Luis Cruz (1), Matt Treanor (2)|
|CS - Juan Rivera (3, 2nd base by Byrdak/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Chris Capuano (W,10-5)||7||8||3||3||1||9||1||2.81|
|Ronald Belisario (H,15)||1||2||2||2||0||0||0||2.57|
|Kenley Jansen (S,18)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||1.97|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 98-71, Ronald Belisario 13-10, Kenley Jansen 22-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-7, Ronald Belisario 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 30, Ronald Belisario 5, Kenley Jansen 5|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.313|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||4||.222|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||2||0||2||.346|
|Scott Hairston, RF-LF||5||1||2||1||0||2||3||.256|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.196|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daniel Murphy, PH-2B||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.299|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.207|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||3||1||2||1||0||1||1||.266|
|b- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.259|
|R.A. Dickey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.175|
|Mike Nickeas, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.173|
|c- Josh Thole, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Miguel Batista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.293|
|Jeremy Hefner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Lucas Duda, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|a-tripled for Byrdak in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Cedeno in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Nickeas in the 8th|
|d-hit a bunt single for Batista in the 3rd|
|2B - Ronny Cedeno (6, Capuano)|
|3B - Daniel Murphy (3, Belisario)|
|HR - Ronny Cedeno (2, Capuano)|
|SH - Jeremy Hefner (3)|
|RBI - Scott Hairston (37), Jason Bay (8), Daniel Murphy (45), Ronny Cedeno (9), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston (10), Jason Bay (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Nickeas-Tejada|
|New York Mets|
|Miguel Batista (L,1-3)||3||5||4||4||3||2||0||4.82|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 81-48, Jeremy Hefner 47-28, Josh Edgin 35-21, Tim Byrdak 12-9, R.A. Dickey 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 2-5, Jeremy Hefner 3-2, Josh Edgin 3-0, R.A. Dickey 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 17, Jeremy Hefner 10, Josh Edgin 8, Tim Byrdak 3, R.A. Dickey 5|
|Attendance - 33503|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|