The first inning looked like it was going to be more of the same as last night when Daniel Murphy got picked off of first base and then committed an error on a routine fly ball in the bottom of the inning. That error led to an unearned run to put the Dodgers up 1-0.
John Maine struggled in the first a little, then settled down before giving up a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the Dodgers up 5-3 for good. He helped his own cause in the second inning when he hit a two-run, bases-loaded double to put the Mets up 2-1. Those were Maine’s first RBI of the season.
David Wright kept up his hot streak and hit an RBI single in the third to put the Mets up 3-1. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games and also had two walks on the night.
The rest of the offense was once again stagnant as the Mets had only six hits all night. They failed to capitalize any more on a struggling Chad Billingsley, who couldn’t find his command in the first four innings. He really settled down in the fifth and sixth innings.
Ramon Martinez, who was playing second base for a resting Luis Castillo, was batting in the six hole, and it wasn’t a great spot for him to be in. He struck out three times and grounded into a double play to halt an eighth-inning rally.
Jose Reyes returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4.
The big question right now is what happend to the Mets offense. They’ve scored only five runs in the past three games. Is the loss of Carlos Delgado really that significant to the offense? The Mets have hit 0 home runs on the road trip.