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Niese's double, Dodgers' errors help Mets avoid sweep

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NEW YORK -- Mets rookie Eric Campbell earned a start in left field because of his bat. He should be getting even more playing time because of his glove.

In his first career major-league game in the outfield, Campbell doubled Yasiel Puig off second base after making a spectacular diving catch in the eighth that helped preserve New York's 5-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

"As it always goes, put a guy in for his offense and his defense saves the game," manager Terry Collins said.

Campbell had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and is hitting .368 in his first eight big-league games. Collins said he is going to use the versatile 27-year-old who plays mostly at the corner infield spots at second base and shortstop, too.

Campbell, who even worked out a bit behind the plate to be the Mets emergency catcher with Travis d'Arnaud on the 7-day concussion list, is ready.

"I can handle it," Campbell said of playing second and short. "Just fielding a groundball and throwing to first."

Jonathon Niese (3-3) hit an RBI double to provide himself some much-needed run support and pitched seven sharp innings for New York, which won for only the sixth time in 20 games this month and avoided a three-game sweep. Juan Lagares had a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh.

The dynamic yet, at times, frustrating Puig made a sensational catch of his own on a sinking liner to right-center that was so good it elicited a warm ovation from the 23,416 in attendance. But he made two baserunning mistakes that could have cost the Dodgers runs.

"That's one of the best catches I've ever seen," Campbell said. "That was crazy."

Zack Greinke's stretch of 21 consecutive starts allowing two or fewer runs ended. A mark that hasn't been matched since at least 1914 was done in by some sloppy play.

"Just in my experience, we've played incredible defense when I'm pitching throughout the years," Greinke said, "so, if someone makes one mistake in one game, you can't really say too much."

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp bobbled Curtis Granderson's drive in the first inning to right-center, allowing Granderson to take third base on a double in a 12-pitch at-bat. Granderson then scored on Campbell's sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, third baseman Justin Turner failed to glove Daniel Murphy's slow grounder that allowed Niese to score for a 3-1 lead.

Niese reached on a well-struck RBI double to right-center following Anthony Recker's double to a similar spot.

Greinke was lifted after five, yielding four hits, three runs -- one earned -- two walks and four K's. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 22 games.

Niese then walked Chone Figgins, playing in place of Dee Gordon, to start the sixth. Figgins advanced to second on Puig's grounder to third when Murphy, the second baseman, dropped Wright's force attempt -- the call was upheld by replay. But Niese escaped unscathed when Puig ran into an out on an infield fly gone awry.

Hanley Ramirez hit a high popup to second base. Murphy backed up under the ball but appeared to lose it in the lights. When the ball fell, Murphy hesitated and Puig jogged into second. Apparently thinking he was forced out, Puig wandered off second and was tagged out for the double play.

"I didn't actually see the umpire give the signal," Puig said through a translator. "I felt it was a little bit too late and, by that time, I was already off the base. I thought it was going to be a double play and I was already off in that situation."

The Dodgers tied it in the seventh, though, when Turner hit his first homer with the Dodgers after spending parts of four seasons with the Mets.

"He's welcome for that one," Niese said, joking. "For that one, just a mistake that he punched."

Lagares' RBI single off Chris Perez (0-2) s gave the Mets back the lead in the seventh. Granderson tripled in a run in the eighth for a 5-3 lead.

Niese had received only five runs of support total in his previous four home starts. The left-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in 12 starts.

Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his second save. He pitched a scoreless ninth Wednesday night making this his first back-to-back appearances since moving to the bullpen this month.

Notes

D'Arnaud (7-day concussion DL) was scheduled to do some on-field work before the game. If all goes well he should take batting practice on the field Friday. ... Up next: The Dodgers head to Philadelphia on Friday and the Mets play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 
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Matt Kemp, who has a difficult night in center field, and Yasiel Puig chase after Curtis Granderson's RBI triple in the eighth. (USATSI)
Matt Kemp, who has a difficult night in center field, and Yasiel Puig chase after Curtis Granderson's RBI triple in the eighth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Turner
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chone Figgins, 2B3110110 .261
Yasiel Puig, RF4010021 .331
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010001 .251
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3001001 .281
Matt Kemp, CF4000021 .265
Scott Van Slyke, LF3100120 .263
Justin Turner, 3B2112100 .225
A.J. Ellis, C3010001 .167
Zack Greinke, P2000001 .222
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
   a-Carl Crawford, PH1000000 .269
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
   Paul Maholm, P0000000 .000
Totals2935337  
a-popped out for Wright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (11, Matsuzaka), A.J. Ellis (2, Niese)
HR - Justin Turner (1, Niese)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (3)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (34), Justin Turner 2 (7)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Matt Kemp (4, Misplayed grounder), Justin Turner (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 5431240 2.01
Jamey Wright 1000010 3.16
Chris Perez (L,0-2) 1.1422020 5.68
Paul Maholm 0.2000010 5.31
WP - Chris Perez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 101-63, Jamey Wright 10-7, Chris Perez 26-20, Paul Maholm 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-4, Jamey Wright 2-0, Chris Perez 1-1, Paul Maholm 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 21, Jamey Wright 3, Chris Perez 8, Paul Maholm 2
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Lagares, CF4011001 .313
Daniel Murphy, 2B4000001 .299
David Wright, 3B4120011 .297
Curtis Granderson, RF4121010 .214
Eric Campbell, LF3001011 .368
Lucas Duda, 1B3000110 .244
Wilmer Flores, SS4110022 .308
Anthony Recker, C2110111 .203
Jonathon Niese, P2111012 .083
   a-Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .241
   Daisuke Matsuzaka, P0000000 .000
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
Totals3158428  
a-flied out for Niese in the 7th
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (7, Greinke), Anthony Recker (4, Greinke), Jonathon Niese (1, Greinke)
3B - Curtis Granderson (1, Perez)
SF - Eric Campbell (2)
RBI - Juan Lagares (16), Curtis Granderson (21), Eric Campbell (6), Jonathon Niese (2)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Lagares (7)
SB - Lucas Duda (2, 2nd base off Maholm/Ellis)
CS - David Wright (3, 2nd base by Greinke/Ellis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Campbell 1
DP - Niese-Flores-Duda, Niese-Flores-Duda-Murphy-Flores, Niese-Flores-Duda-Murphy-Flores-Campbell-Murphy
E - Daniel Murphy (5, Missed catch of throw)
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,3-3) 7433351 2.70
Daisuke Matsuzaka (H,2) 1100010 2.14
Jenrry Mejia (S,2) 1000010 4.43
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 97-56, Daisuke Matsuzaka 9-7, Jenrry Mejia 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 6-9
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Daisuke Matsuzaka 3, Jenrry Mejia 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23416
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Stuart Scheurwater, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Angel Hernandez