A two-run homer by Matt Kemp ignited the outburst, and after Russell
Martin's single drove in two more, Martinez was lifted for Heath Bell. Andre
Ethier reached second on Jose Valentin's second error of the inning and came
home on Rafael Furcal's single. After stealing second and moving to third on
Kenny Lofton's single, Furcal scored on Bell's wild pitch.
Martinez said with a smile, "The home run [to Kemp] was the best pitch I
made all game. He caught me there. He ambushed me. It caught up with
In the mind of manager Willie Randolph, "The big play probably was the double play we
didn't turn," a reference to Valentin's overthrow while attempting to double
Against rookie reliever Jonathan Broxton, the Mets began a three-run rally
in the seventh with a run-scoring single by Carlos Delgado, followed by a
bases-loaded walk to David Wright. Carlos Beltran came home when Wright reached on a fielder's choice.
Takashi Saito relieved Broxton in the seventh, and Dodgers closer Eric Gagne
pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
The Dodgers' two-run rally in the first inning looked a lot like like the
Mets' three-run rally in the first the night before, as Lofton singled and
hot-hitting Nomar Garciaparra drilled his seventh home run to deep left-center on Martinez's first offering.
When someone noted that Garciaparra didn't give Martinez much time, the
right-hander said, "Nomar doesn't give anybody much time. If I'd given him
the pitch I struck him out on [in the fifth inning], it wouldn't have
The Mets answered with two of their own in the second, getting a leadoff
double from Wright, followed by doubles from Cliff Floyd and Valentin.
Nearing third base on Valentin's double, Floyd rolled his left ankle
and collapsed in pain. Endy Chavez replaced him and came home on Lastings
Milledge's sacrifice fly. Floyd's injury was reported as a sprain, and he's
listed as day-to-day.
"I don't want to put a time on it," Floyd said, "but no DL." Looking down at
his swollen hinge, he added, "It's big, but it doesn't hurt as much as it
did earlier, so that's a plus."
In the third inning, Beltran looked like a possible addition to the list of
the wounded as he raced into the gap in right-center, sailed horizontally to
spear a drive off the bat of J.D. Drew, then came down chest-first on the
warning track. Ten minutes later, after assuring the Mets' trainer and
Randolph he was OK, Beltran returned to his position.