Clayton Kershaw baffled the Mets Sunday night at Citi Field, but even Kershaw has his limits. And when that happened, the Mets managed to reach the Dodgers bullpen to tie the score. But a suddenly struggling Jeurys Familia blew the game in the ninth.
The Dodgers got on the board in the third when Justin Turner drove in idiot Chase Utley on a fielder’s choice.
They made it 2-0 in the fifth on an Adrian Gonzalez single.
Asdrubal Cabrera cut the deficit in half with a solo home run in the sixth.
Bartolo Colon pitched a perfectly fine game, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six innings. But Kershaw was his usual virtually unhittable self, allowing one run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in his first seven innings.
He was allowed to go back out there for the eighth. Kevin Plawecki led off with a single. Kershaw got the next two outs but at 114 pitches, he was clearly tiring. Instead of bringing closer Kenley Jansen in the game for a four-out save, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted for the lefty Adam Liberatore to face Curtis Granderson. That did not work out well for him — Granderson greeted him with a drive to the wall in right, just over the glove of Yasiel Puig. It went for a triple and the Mets tied the score at two. Cabrera struck out to end the inning.
Jeurys Familia, pitching for the first time since allowing four runs in the ninth inning on Friday, was shaky again. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Gonzalez singled up the middle to drive in two runs to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Then it was time for Jansen. He got the Mets in order to close out the game.
Mets lose 4-2.