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NEW YORK -- Mark Ellis waited all winter to hit the 100th home run of his career.
Once he got there, he kept going.
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"We've been lacking some big hits lately," Ellis said. "We haven't done a great job early on this season."
Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.
Ellis had three RBI on Sunday at Baltimore when the Dodgers stopped a six-game losing streak. He had not homered since Sept. 20 until tagging the Mets in the series opener, and is now batting .348 this year.
A contact hitter with occasional pop, Ellis recalled being a rookie in 2002 when Oakland teammate Randy Velarde reached 100 homers. Ellis said he remembered thinking to himself, "If I get to 100, I'd be really happy."
Ellis wound up with the milestone souvenir when a fan threw the ball back on the field.
"Helps to do it on the road," he said.
The ball Ellis hit that really hurt the Mets came in the third when his comebacker struck Niese in the lower right leg. Niese hopped toward the clubhouse with a bruise between his Achilles and the bone, and the team said he's day to day.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow. But I should be able to throw a bullpen and make my next start," Niese said.
"I'm glad it's not as bad as what it could have been," he added. "It's just a bruise. Initially it hurt pretty bad, but after icing it a few times it feels good."
Los Angeles won despite an uneven outing by ace Clayton Kershaw. With Dodgers great Sandy Koufax watching at Citi Field, Kershaw walked four and struck out five in five innings.
Hit hard in his previous start by San Diego, Kershaw limited the damage this time to two runs and three hits on a night with temperatures in the low 50s. The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner remained unbeaten in seven starts against the Mets.
"I was pretty terrible tonight," Kershaw said. "I just beat myself. I was awful."
"The team won in spite of me, not because of me," he added. "I did everything wrong. Just a lot of cardinal sins."
The Dodgers won several hours after they announced right-hander Chad Billingsley would have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, the latest setback for their rotation.
The injury news didn't sound quite so dire for Niese.
Hit by the grounder, Niese hopped toward home plate looking for the ball as Ellis reached on an infield single. The Mets' lefty sat down in the dirt along the first base line and grimaced as manager Terry Collins and a trainer looked at him. Niese was helped to his feet after a minute or so and exited.
"You never want to see someone go out like that," Ellis said.
Ellis' solo homer in the fifth made it 2-all and finished reliever Robert Carson.
Justin Sellers hit an RBI single in the second that put the Dodgers ahead. Niese escaped a bases-loaded jam when Kershaw grounded into a double play.
The Mets scored twice in the third after Kershaw retired the first two batters. Carson, who took over for Niese, walked in his first big league plate appearance and set up RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright.
A.J. Ellis hit a two-run double in the Dodgers' eighth.
|Mark Ellis hits his 100th career homer and then later delivers a tiebreaking shot in the Dodgers' victory. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.314|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Wall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||2||4||4||0||1||0||.348|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.247|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||2||1||0||1||2||3||.377|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.200|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tim Federowicz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Skip Schumaker, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.130|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.231|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||0||1||2||1||1||0||.321|
|Justin Sellers, SS||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.220|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||1||1||0||0||1||1||2||.150|
|a-popped out for Rodriguez in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (5, Familia), Andre Ethier (4, Edgin), A.J. Ellis (5, Edgin)|
|HR - Mark Ellis 2 (2, Carson, Lyon)|
|RBI - Mark Ellis 4 (11), A.J. Ellis 2 (7), Justin Sellers (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis 4 (5)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Matt Kemp (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Ronald Belisario (W,1-2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.32|
|Paco Rodriguez (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 111-67, Ronald Belisario 15-12, Paco Rodriguez 20-12, Matt Guerrier 13-10, Josh Wall 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 4-6, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Paco Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 22, Ronald Belisario 3, Paco Rodriguez 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Josh Wall 3|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.210|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.357|
|Jeurys Familia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.313|
|John Buck, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.277|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.241|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.250|
|Justin Turner, 1B-2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.275|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ike Davis, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.164|
|Jonathon Niese, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Robert Carson, P||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Juan Lagares, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-struck out for Lyon in the 7th|
|RBI - Daniel Murphy (13), David Wright (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (5), David Wright (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Tejada-Murphy-Turner, Murphy-Tejada-Turner|
|New York Mets|
|Brandon Lyon (L,1-1)||1||2||3||3||1||1||1||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 54-28, Robert Carson 38-23, Scott Atchison 17-10, Brandon Lyon 32-18, Josh Edgin 23-13, Jeurys Familia 28-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 3-1, Robert Carson 4-2, Scott Atchison 3-0, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Jeurys Familia 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 11, Robert Carson 9, Scott Atchison 4, Brandon Lyon 6, Josh Edgin 5, Jeurys Familia 6|
|Attendance - 21135|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 52|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Tim Timmons|