LOS ANGELES (AP) – Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits over eight innings in his first start since appealing a five-game suspension and Russell Martin hit a late RBI double in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 1-0 victory over the punchless New York Mets today.
Former catcher Kenley Jansen got his first major league save, handing New York its fourth shutout loss on a 2-9 road trip to San Francisco, Arizona and Los Angeles.
Mets starter R.A. Dickey was brilliant, striking out six and allowing only two hits. However, he was pulled in the sixth inning after throwing only 70 pitches. He landed awkwardly after throwing a pitch to the first batter of the inning.
Dickey did not want to come out of game, claiming he was fine. He tried to get Jerry Manuel, the trainer and even the home plate umpire to leave him, but Manuel yanked him.
The Mets, who have dropped to third place in the NL East, went scoreless over the final 16 innings after enduring droughts of 24 innings and 17 innings earlier on the trip. They’ve been held to four runs or fewer in 15 of 16 games, going 4-12 during that span.
The Mets are now just a half game ahead of the Florida Marlins and one game over .500. The Mets fly back home and mercifully have a day off before facing the Cardinals at Citi Field.