LA Dodgers’ loss to Mets pushes season to the brink

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The final score, and the sight of the Mets turning Citi Field into a hitter’s paradise, were much harder to foresee. The 13 runs set two records: the most the Mets have ever scored in a playoff game and the most the Dodgers have allowed.Anderson picked a bad time to pitch his shortest start of the season unrelated to injury. After retiring the side in order in the first inning, the left-hander allowed four straight singles to begin the second. The Mets scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead, the last of which scored on a bases-clearing double by Curtis Granderson.Granderson, who went 2 for 5 with five RBIs, is 6 for 11 in the series. Anderson allowed two more runs in the third inning before Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided he’d seen enough. A career year in which Anderson a career-high 180 1/3 innings to a 3.69 earned-run average bore little resemblance to his performance Monday.Travis d’Arnaud inflicted the final wound, a no-doubt home run to provide a 6-3 lead.“Just embarrassing on my part,” Anderson said.Alex Wood, who finished the season as the Dodgers’ fourth starter, made his first appearance of the postseason to begin the fourth inning. He fared no better than Anderson, allowing four runs in two innings before giving way to a parade of relief pitchers: Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan.Granderson’s three-run double off Howell gave the Mets their 11th, 12th and 13th runs.The Dodgers touched Harvey for three runs in the second inning on four consecutive singles. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his first of the playoffs. Howie Kendrick clubbed a disputed three-run home run in the ninth inning — a fan reached over a railing in left-center field, only for the ball to pop out of his glove — to make the final score closer than the game seemed.Harvey scattered seven hits, three runs — two earned — two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.“All their pitchers are pretty good,” said Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford. “You’ve got to battle. They’ve gotten the best of us so far.”Mattingly used his third different lineup in as many games. Rollins made his first start of the series at shortstop, relegating Corey Seager to the bench. Seager singled in his only at-bat in the ninth inning.Chase Utley was available, Mattingly said, but did not appear in a game in which Citi Field repeatedly chanted his name in derision. Utley is appealing his two-game suspension for a slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.In a sense, the lineup changes worked. The Dodgers scored seven runs, more than they scored in the first two games of the series combined, and matched the Mets’ 13 hits.All that mattered, though, was the final score.“We know we’re in a situation where we can’t lose,” Crawford said. And for all the confidence Kershaw and Greinke inspire, the Dodgers’ season really depends on their ability to hit Mets pitcher Steven Matz — who threw six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in July — followed in Game 5 by Jacob deGrom, who was virtually unhittable in Game 1.“We’re only worried about (Game 4) right now,” Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.For a day, the Dodgers’ basic problem was a predictable one: Their starter, Brett Anderson, could not pitch to the caliber of a superior playoff opponent, Matt Harvey. “My stuff was pretty good,” said Anderson, who allowed seven hits and six runs in three innings. “I just wasn’t able to execute.”• Photos: NLDS Game 3 – Dodgers vs. Metscenter_img NEW YORK >> The Dodgers’ season depends on the excellence of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, just as the baseball world presumed when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on a sunny day in February.This, though, is different.Kershaw is starting Tuesday on three days’ rest, needing a win to stave off elimination after the New York Mets won Game 3 of their National League Division Series, 13-7. If the Dodgers win, the series would be tied 2-2 and Greinke would start Game 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more