Turner lifts Mets over Dodgers

Not only did the Dodgers lose for the sixth time in seven games, but Andre
Ethier went 0-for-4 with a walk, snapping his hitting streak at 30 games, just
one shy of the franchise record.

“I thought when the streak ended, maybe this little thing we’re in would end
too,” a disappointed Ethier said. “But this loss makes it a tougher pill to
swallow.”

Dillon Gee, in an emergency start after the Mets scratched Chris Young, played
a part in halting the streak as he allowed just two runs on seven hits and
three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Jason Pridie had three hits and two runs scored and Jose Reyes went 2-for-5
with an RBI in the win, New York’s third straight.

Mike MacDougal (0-1) took the loss behind Jon Garland, who went six innings
and gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks for Los Angeles.

Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi stranded the bases loaded in the seventh and Tim
Byrdak (1-0) hurled a scoreless eighth to keep the score tied, 2-2.

MacDougal walked Jason Bay leading off the eighth and was promptly pulled for
Hong-Chih Kuo, whose throwing error on a Pridie sacrifice bunt put runners on
first and second with one out.

Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino worked a walk to load the bases for Turner, who
stroked a line drive to center field. Matt Kemp was within range of making the
catch, but the ball hit off the top of his glove to bring in the go-ahead
runs.

“I was just looking for a pitch up in the zone that I could drive in the
outfield,” Turner said. “I hit it pretty good.”

Francisco Rodriguez hurled a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save in as many games
and ninth this season.

The Dodgers left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings, and
the Mets pushed two across in their second at-bat for the early lead.

Ike Davis walked and eventually scored on Josh Thole’s sacrifice fly, and
Reyes singled in Pridie later in the frame.

Dioner Navarro led off the away fourth with a home run to right, and Aaron
Miles’ RBI single two innings later tied things.

Game Notes

The Mets will go for the three-game sweep on Sunday with R.A. Dickey throwing
against Clayton Kershaw…The last four players to hit safely in 30 straight
games have had their streak snapped in the next contest…Willie Davis has the
Dodgers club mark of 31 straight games with a hit…LA went 1-for-13 with
runners in scoring position, stranding 14…Young was scratched after failing
to get loose during his bullpen season. He was scheduled to make his third
start since returning from the disabled list due to biceps tendinitis…The
Mets are 10-3 when Bay plays this season and 5-15 when he does not…Actor and
comedian Jerry Stiller sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-
inning stretch.